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Scandal-Ridden David Rivera To Resume Campaigning For Congress

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, then Florida Republican Rep. candidate David Rivera speaks in Coral Gables, Fla. Ethi
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, then Florida Republican Rep. candidate David Rivera speaks in Coral Gables, Fla. Ethical clouds are hanging over at least a dozen lawmakers but in most cases they don't appear to be having much of an impact on their re-election prospects. Most center on complicated financial dealings rather than the headline-grabbing, sex-driven Internet scandals that have driven others from office over the past year and a half. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

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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