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  Alex Penelas may run for Congress against incumbent David Rivera.
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AuthorMARC CAPUTO
News DateWednesday, March 7, 2012 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMiami-Dade’s former mayor and one-time Democratic star Alex Penelas is making calls and gauging support for a congressional bid against Republican Rep. David Rivera, who has been under state and federal investigation for his alleged role in a secret $500,000 million dog-track payment, sources said.

Allies of Penelas polled the new congressional district drawn by the Legislature, but they are not releasing the results. Neither Penelas nor Rivera could be reached for comment.

Penelas, once named People Magazine’s “sexiest politician,” was a rising star in his party. But he fell out of favor with many Democrats for his opposition to the Clinton Administration’s decision to seize young Elián González from his Miami relatives’ home and return him to his father in Cuba in 2000.

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