Days after snubbing embattled Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) on a visit to Florida, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told reporters on Monday that he was keeping an eye on reports of a brewing scandal surrounding the freshman Republican.
“There are ongoing investigations in Florida involving Congressman Rivera and we are respectful of those investigations,” Cantor said in a briefing with reporters. “I’m obviously very concerned about the reports surrounding those investigations, but we’ll wait to see the result of them.”
Rivera is reportedly under investigation over questions surrounding $817,000 his campaign paid to a political consultant as well as additional issues involving a $500,000 payment from a dog track to a consulting firm run by his mother to help pass a gambling initiative he supported while in the Florida House of Representatives. According to the Florida Clarion, Cantor deliberately avoided contact with Rivera on a trip to Miami last weekend.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.