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Scandal-Ridden David Rivera To Resume Campaigning For Congress

08/13/2014 11:36 am ET | Updated Aug 20, 2014
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Former Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), who has found himself embroiled in a myriad of scandals, has resumed campaigning for Congress.

Rivera suspended his congressional bid in July.

“What was announced [in July] was the suspension of campaign activities,” Rivera told the Miami Herald.

“Meanwhile, the state legislature dealt with the reconfiguration of electoral districts,” he added.

The Florida legislature approved new congressional district maps on Monday, following a judge's ruling that the prior maps illegally gave Republicans running for the U.S. House an unfair advantage and would need to be redrawn.

That court ruling prompted Rivera to suspend his campaign. "As a congressional candidate affected by this decision, I will not be held hostage by Florida’s liberal activist judges," Rivera said in a statement in July.

Rivera has been accused of funding a fake U.S. House candidate to run in a 2012 Democratic primary and of violating various state ethics laws, among other alleged crimes.

Rivera faces four GOP primary candidates in his bid to unseat Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.).

One candidate, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, has been endorsed by 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect Rivera funded a fake candidate in the 2012 election, not 2010.

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