Fmr. Congressman David Rivera Suspends Congressional Campaign

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Former Miami Congressman David Rivera has suspended his congressional campaign amid a federal investigation into a campaign-finance scheme.

According to our news partners at The Miami Herald, Rivera cited a ruling by a Florida judge which invalidated Florida’s congressional district map as his reason for suspending his campaign.

READ: Judge Rules Florida Legislature Broke Law On Maps 

While there is an appeal expected in the case, Rivera did not agree with the ruling.

“As a congressional candidate affected by this decision, I will not be held hostage by Florida’s liberal activist judges,” Rivera said in an email, according to the paper.

Rivera has repeatedly refused to discuss the federal investigation “into a ringer candidate in the 2012 Democratic primary” which was allegedly funded with illegal campaign contributions, according to the Herald.

Back in June, an administrative law judge had called for Florida’s ethics commission to find that Rivera also allegedly improperly received state travel reimbursements and did not adequately disclose his financial information.

READ: Judge Raps Rivera On Ethics Issues 

As for future plans, the email said Rivera intends to run for the Florida House of Representatives in 2016.

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