Oh, dear. This looks very awkward:

What’s worse than firing your top political adviser and chief of staff amid a state elections-fraud investigation? Having to pay him $25,000 in invoices that appear once the FBI opens up a separate inquiry.

Welcome to Congressman Joe Garcia’s world.

The Miami Democrat this morning reported he had a solid fundraising quarter, pulling in $411,000. But when his reports came online, this $25,000 expenditure stood out: Palm Media for “General Consulting.” The company is controlled by Garcia’s now-embattled former aide, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation).

Basically, this money got paid out after Jeffrey Garcia got canned over voter fraud allegations. For those who don’t remember: Garcia has been accused of stuffing the primary ballot box for Joe Garcia in 2012; Rep Garcia (and to a lesser extent, embattled Rep. Patrick Murphy [who also used Jeffrey Garcia]) has been taking heat over this ever since. I suspect that payouts like this are not going to tamp down the controversy, pious statements about outstanding balances to the contrary.

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And yes, Joe Garcia could in fact be this dumb. The man’s a first-term Congressman; the learning curve is not quite as Darwinian as it is later in the Congressional life cycle*, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

Via the NRCC’s blog.

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*The most dangerous time for a Member of Congress is right after he or she wins her second election. That’s when they start feeling immortal.