Here's the math: He has raised $11,262 (nearly all from himself) and spent $10,440 to qualify in his quixotic bid for congressional office, despite having no public record of political engagement or political contacts.
That leaves about $822, according to his most recent campaign finance report. That's not enough cash to spend on mailers (considering that he has reported spending campaign cash on phones and postage) So far, he has sent at least six pieces out in the Key West-to-Kendall District 26 race.
How does he afford all this?
"Kiss my 'lily-white' ass," Sternad said by email.
As the Herald points out, it's against the law to spend and receive campaign money without reporting it. There's another clue that it's likely Rivera who's behind Sternad's campaign, such as it is. Rivera's experience with, let's say, ethical lapses in the whole campaign finance realm is legion.
So, basically Joe Garcia is running against Rivera twice, in the primary and in the general, since he's expected to win this primary against his one serious opponent, newcomer Gloria Romero Roses. Rivera is intent on poisoning the well now against Garcia, probably both in the hopes of knocking him out now, and in smearing him for the general election.
This is going to be a dirty one.