The August 22, 2012 edition of the Miami Herald reports that based on a review of finance records and interviews with numerous campaign vendors, Republican Congressman David Rivera secretly funded an all-but-unknown candidate in the Democratic primary for Florida's 25th district. According to the Herald, Rivera secretly funneled $43,000 to help Justin Lamar Sternad run a sophisticated direct-mail in hopes of winning the Democratic nomination.
Operating a false flag campaign, especially when it involves sabotaging the other party's primary, is not only unacceptable, but is also criminal. While it may take some time for the criminal-justice system to act, there is something that can be done here and now--expel Rivera from the House.
Regardless of whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, the integrity of our elections is not something to be gamed with. Anyone who is not loyal to the integrity of the election process has no business being an elected official. Speaker Boehner and the Republican House leadership need to send a message that this behavior is unacceptable. There is only one way to do so--by telling Rivera that unless he resigns before the start of the lame-duck session, he will be expelled.
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