Luke for mayor

Luther Campbell wants to be Miami-Dade County's new mayor. The Miami New Times columnist and former 2 Live Crew frontman is looking ahead to the March 15 vote on recalling present Mayor Carlos Alvarez. In an extended column this week, he reveals his game plan for a campaign that should be a hell of a lot more fun than most. He lays out his motivation for running, why he thinks he can win, and his platform, which includes a tax on exotic dancers to help create childcare programs for single moms. So without further ado, here's Luke!

New Times: Why are you running? Are you crazy?

Luther Campbell: I am mad frustrated. I have always been involved in politics, going back to my battles in the city of Miami Beach, dealing with the city commissioners and the mayor. I ran my own nightclub, and I believed African-Americans were treated badly during Memorial Day weekend.

I've thought about running for public office before, but someone would always end up talking me out of it, saying, "We have this good person here, he will do good for the community," so I always backed out. But I'd end up frustrated because they didn't do anything. I'd give them ideas and they would just tell me what they wanted to hear.

I get in my car, ride around Liberty City, and everything looks the same as when I was in the neighborhood growing up. I see the same crimes in the same areas. Officers and residents are still getting killed in the community I grew up in. I go to a city like Atlanta that has sensible affordable housing, and no one is being murdered. I go to Miami International Airport and see the same construction that has been going on for like a hundred years. All of that frustrates the hell out of me. Why aren't we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our government only serving one set of people? That's what is pushing me to run.

What would be your platform?

LC: The current administration of Mayor Carlos Alvarez hasn't created any new jobs, yet we keep these government employees who have been around for decades and aren't doing anything. Then there's affordable housing. People in the James E. Scott projects have been kicked out of their homes and forced to move to other parts of the county. The same has happened in other parts of the county. Places have been knocked down and never rebuilt. Folks were displaced because of politics and scandal. Instead of this massive incompetence, we need to build gated communities with security-guard entrances in the inner city. Then people would feel just as safe as those wealthier folks who live in Fisher Island and the Kendall suburbs.

When I take Mr. Alvarez's job, I'll review the county budget with a fine-toothed comb. When I ran my record company, every year we would first go over what was making revenue for us and beef that side up. Then we would cut the areas where we were not generating revenue. The first place we looked was payroll. I'll do the same with the county budget.

I'd also address the situation at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Miami-Dade has the highest number of uninsured people in the state. We can't allow the public hospital to crash, or we are going to have sick people in the streets. My last resort will be raising taxes. We have a long laundry list of things that need to change with the county. We need someone with vision. I believe I have the vision.

What's with your plan to tax exotic dancers?

LC: Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers. They make all this money and don't pay taxes. I'd take that cash and put it into a fund where it supports youth athletics for girls like cheerleading or softball. Or it can go to help pay for existing little girls programs that are struggling to get government assistance.

What type of campaign will you be running?

LC: Grassroots! I'll go after those voters who have registered but haven't been excited enough to vote. Barack Obama's crew in 2008. I am going after everybody from 18 to 50 years old. It will be just like music marketing. Fun. We will be having campaign parties before the election to get people motivated, get them behind something historical.

How do you feel about the old saying that a black person can't be elected mayor in Miami-Dade County because Cuban Americans only vote Cuban?

LC: Not true. We vote for people who are homegrown, whom we love, trust, and respect. The last black who ran for county mayor was Arthur Teele. He was from Washington, D.C. Even though he was a very intelligent guy, he really didn't have a long-established relationship with the community. And no African-American politician has had the bond with the Hispanic/Latino community like I do.

When I discovered Pitbull, everyone told me there was no way a Cuban rapper could make it. My response was, if I can discover Trick Daddy and put all my effort into promoting and marketing the Miami he represented, why can't I do the same for Pitbull? Cubans and other Latinos in Miami-Dade get up and dance to my music just like African-Americans.

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Dadainc1
Dadainc1

I Will Support Uncle Luke For Miami Dade Mayor Due To The Fact He Still Dare To Dream After Living His Dreams. The Political Arena Is Much Like A Strip Club; It Thrives On Money & Polls Which Should Make Him The Front Runner In This Mayoral Election…

NOnOnO
NOnOnO

And MLK spins in his grave.

Tupatron07
Tupatron07

I would rather vote for the Taco Bell Chihuahua then vote for this clown, after he said that racist ass comment about Latino Baseball Players i lost all respect for this racist clown, and to top off he doesnt no crap about politics.

Marv
Marv

I recently got laid off and would like to apply for the "Stripper Tax" Inspector? Regulator? Collector? or whatever related position. As such, I am over 18, love women and i can promise that I will commit to this job for the rest of my life. I'll even negotiate benefits or literally anything to be on the first Miami-Dade county "Stripper Tax" staff. I will also commit to helping fund your ongoing campaigns for re-election. I have a question. Do "Stripper Tax" employees get a 'per diem' to pay for "expenses (wink, wink!)"? Otherwise, I will need a very good salary of taxpayer money to pay "out of my own pocket" for the necessary expenses incurred while collecting said "Stripper Tax". My availability is immediate. Shall we meet at your favorite club for an in-person interview so that I may demonstrate my superior skills with strippers to your (and my) satisfaction? I am so looking forward to finally finding a real career that I can dedicate to forever after years of low paying and otherwise unsatisfying 'ground floor' opportunities. Regards, Marvin M. Miller

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

And one more thing you stupid windbag, check the statistics before you blab that big mouth of yours. Atlanta's murder rate and violent crimes are higher than Miami. What part of town were you riding around? The more you talk, the less credible you are. DOG CATCHER!!!!!!!!

O_Oh!
O_Oh!

Not my vote! Hell No!

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

Atlanta? No murders? God man!! Where the hell do you get your information? Obviously you're still on drugs. You've completely lost it. Change your campaign from Mayor to dog catcher Luther. What a brainless twit you are!!

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

This guy is a moron. He couldn't manage his way out of a wet paper bag. I'd rather be thrown ass first into a dildo factory than live in a county run by this putz.

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

Hey Luther, it still looks the same? It was mostly re-built after the McDuffy riots but yet somehow it is back in ruins. I wonder who's to blame for this? The Mayor? The Commissioners? The Police? Or maybe it's whity's fault! Crime in the streets? Nah that can't be!!! Yet Mr Dunn criticizes the Police for targeting blacks. Well what frickin race lives in Liberty City? What race are the drug gangs? Luther, when you and that empty head of yours can answer these questions, perhaps then I will consider you seriously. And as for Memorial weekend, what race are the savages that get all drugged out and drunk and cause mayhem??Oh I know!! It's the Po po's fault.

The drone
The drone

Luke, you have shot!! At least we know where your coming from and where your heart and passions lie. Unlike thieves, con-men and ponzi schemers like Julio Robaina who are out to Republicanize and criminalize MDC further. He will be easy to defeat as he fears confrontations and truth. Look into his past and there will be plenty there to color him as the thief, liar and crimianal he really is. There are several Federal investigations that he will have to contend with, yet he has the balls to think he can strong arm and con his way into the County Mayor seat. Good luck in crushing him and his political ambitions which are self serving and criminal within their own right.Noboby but Robaina and his henchmen will benefit from his corrupt adminstation...just check HIALEAH , its residents and employees.

The Drone

Guest
Guest

whaaaattttt!!!!! this is insane.....but what da hell!!!

klebstoff
klebstoff

I think he's referring to the projects in liberty city which were demolished and the county promised the residents that they would build better affordable housing for the area- which they never did. Practices of this sort are rampant in the county. Those people were forcibly removed and consciously displaced by the county- which is a travesty.

Ajpereira69
Ajpereira69

What an idiot. Reduce government jobs and rebuild project. He says folks were removed from their homes - ironically, they were removed from homes that they never paid for. What a moron this guy is.

Hater
Hater

And I thought this country couldn’t sink any further into the Abyss of HELL!

Rob is Fly
Rob is Fly

The song is ignorant as hell. He seems like he really wants to do something for Miami-Dade though. His campaign positions are more clear and honest than the majority of politicians. The article was good until you inserted that ignorant @$$ song. Get a life. My vote would be for Luke.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

to Luther Campbell like most politicians, you promised more than you can deliver.

Tembo Diaz
Tembo Diaz

Miami Beach Senior Highs Finest!!! I'll vote for Luke!!!

Fair is Fair
Fair is Fair

Go Luke go. Your are Miami! All the guys are gangsters you were a gangster!

Vaddergator
Vaddergator

Hey Luke......work on gettin' Mayor Alvarez out first. Get your "grassroots" to the polls Tuesday March 15.

Miamimikedevine
Miamimikedevine

Loviin the song foe real. I think this is a well stated platform and my heart is with him on all issues he addressed.... Nigg,you can do this so move somethan !!!!!!!!!

GRATEFULMOM
GRATEFULMOM

IF YOU WANT MY WHITE, MIDDLE CLASS VOTE, DON'T CALL ME A PIMP OR PLAYER!

hurrifins
hurrifins

Please why not.. Atleast he fits the part.. I rather have him than those crooked Azzs we have now this very moment.. Hmmm I make $200,000 but I deserve a raise for doing nothing... I'll only give myself at 15% raise oh wait thats $30,000....And then there arent any jobs... Oh and to clear it up..IM WHITE.... Go LUKE..You have my vote....

bknymia
bknymia

that dude will be such a corrupt mayor, that he'll fit right in.

caeser_palache
caeser_palache

The fact that you compare your marketing of Pitbull to the grass-root effort implemented during the Presidential election just proves you are truly a moron. Yes, you are correct we like "home-grown" candidates not "ghetto-grown."

whitey
whitey

I couldn't finish reading the article, after reading the first few paragraphs I noted these major points. 1) build gated communities in the inner city so they can live like the people on fisher island ( those people on fisher island paid thier own way, are the city folk gonna do the same?) 2) look at the budget and beef up revenue ( can you say raise taxes) 3) generate more revenue for Jackson ( say it with me "Raise Taxes") 4) Tax strippers to raise money for daycare (this is so left field I dont even know where to start A) strippers make up what percentage of the population? B) what percentage of them are single moms ?C) discourse concerning day care and strippers singularly is not exactly a community improvement that normally hits the top 10) 5) We are gong to have parties to generate the vote ( Luke's parties generating the vote? (This sounds like a very good Idea, although I believe that the "parties" that luke has won't appeal to your average voter). Well I have just wasted 5 min of my life that I wont get back and so have you enough about Luke ~!

Miamimikedevine
Miamimikedevine

that's all it takes 5 miuntes of your funky time to vote too. Throw Ya Vote !!!!!!!

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

I am having a vision of the opposition posting for public consumption, lyrics TARGETING school age children and teenagers, written by uncle Luke while chasing the almighty dollar...

(and of course exercising his right to free speech)

REN
REN

This guy knows how to troll good.

btw, Nice joke lol

tim3500
tim3500

This has to be a joke,because he is one...

Vleon31678
Vleon31678

Omg, get professional help, ur so psychotic!

vaddergator
vaddergator

Cubans will not vote for this man but we will vote to get Alvarez gone from office.

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

Art Teele. Ah yes. He of the transvestites and Cocaine. And wasnt this Mullet wrapper the New Times partly responsible for his suicide?

vaddergator
vaddergator

Hey Luke......work on gettin' Mayor Alvarez out first. Get your "grassroots" to the polls Tuesday March 15.

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

Homegrown, Grass Roots, Strippers. Ahhhhh. The makings of a great campaign.

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

Luke, some advice, save your money. You'd have a better chance of running for the position of self appointed mayor of Cheetah lounge.

mariposa_bonita74
mariposa_bonita74

First things first: We need to get out there and recall Mayor Alvarez. Check out the official recall effort on facebook titled under Recall-Mayor-Alvarez

Tommycane87
Tommycane87

Luke or no Luke, Mayor Alvarez needs to be recalled. The change in Miami politics has to happen first and recalling Mayor Alvarez is the first step.

EvanRowe
EvanRowe

What's he going to do about all of the coke and high end escort money that gets laundered through the Miami night clubs?

Ebeninami
Ebeninami

well if your brothers and sisters don't act like savages on Memorial day weekend, they ll get better treatment. You wanna be a mayor? sure go run overtown where they kill cops and get applaud for it

beach high
beach high

Luke does not give a sh*t about kissing azz like all the other people in office here in dade, he will call it like it is.If he could get in...I think he would do great! Lukes got my vote.

Carloslcruz56
Carloslcruz56

Luke, you have a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derby as a Jockey than being elected.

Smaabs
Smaabs

Holy sh*t - what a waste of time and money. No shot Uncle Luke - stick to H, B, and C.

 
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