Alex Penelas: Mayoral loser

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke — who is a candidate to replace more-boring-than-bread-pudding ex-Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez — explains why a rerun for former Mayor Alex Penelas would be no good.

Just when you thought the old days were over, they're back. The establishment's favorite Cuban-American politician, Alex Penelas, told the Miami Herald last week: "I'm thinking about [running for mayor] because I see a community at a crossroads." But in case you have forgotten what Penelas left behind for county taxpayers, let me remind you. He was among those who originated the idea of a baseball stadium for the Marlins. He started the mess we are in now. He got the ball rolling after tricking voters into approving a basketball arena on Biscayne Bay for Micky Arison.

Penelas, elected in 1996 as the first "executive" mayor, was the guy who let all the lobbyists get rich under his watch. His buddies, including lawyer Chris Korge and lobbyist Rodney Barreto, became multimillionaires after getting pieces of county contracts. Some of Penelas's other stellar accomplishments include selecting unproven and inexperienced ex-Homestead Mayor Steve Shiver as county manager and trying to rid Miami-Dade of its first African-American aviation director, Angela Gittens.

Then there's Penelas's unwavering loyalty to the Democratic Party. Not! He publicly refused to help the Clinton administration when it was trying to return Cuban rafter boy Elián González to his father on the island. And he wasted millions in taxpayer money by suing the federal government over Clinton's decision to kill the commercial airport at Homestead Air Force Base. As if that weren't enough, Penelas screwed Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election by disappearing at key moments.

Since he was soundly defeated in the 2004 U.S. Senate Democratic primary, Penelas has been trying his hand at lobbying. I guess he hasn't had much success working in the shadows. Now the special interests need someone else to parade in the African-American community because Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina can't cut it. After all, Penelas is the king of buying off black campaign strategists.

But this special election is about people power. I'm going to bring together every Cuban, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Haitian, Jew, Gator, Hurricane, Golden Panther, Seminole, and Rattler in Miami-Dade County. And we are going to take our community back.

 
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THE VOICE
THE VOICE

Alex Penelas, the wonder boy representing tens of thousands of "Man Childs In the Promise Land," was weak, and had the audacity to stand up against the Feds. I never seen anything like it. Talking loud and fast and saying nothing.

THE VOICE
THE VOICE

Alex, Uncle Luke and the officer who recently killed an innocent retarded, unarmed man, represent what Miami is all about. Not to mention the people who sit around playing city hall, looking for ways to defraud the public.

Jerry
Jerry

ALEX who????

Fallen_eyelash
Fallen_eyelash

It's fantastic to see how Mr. Matthew Earl gets so sensitive about a city he doesn't even live in. When you come down to Miami, live here for a few years, then and only then, could you talk shit. Get a life old man =)

Fuckingloserpenishead
Fuckingloserpenishead

Penishead was an incompetent pissass mayor then. No fucking way he'd be any better now

Dft
Dft

He like the other rich and corrupt Cuban elite of Miami should be exterminated like your common house roach. He is a throwback to the Batista era in Cuba where corruption led to the open the door for Castro to enter......... I say kill them all.

GrouchoMarxist
GrouchoMarxist

I am still angry at Pinelas for his attempts to restrict firearms ownership by law abiding citizens.

Edgard
Edgard

Please remove this article. It has been up since Thursday, FOUR DAYS NOW!! Don't you have any other stories you can post here?

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

If I were in Miami (and thank God I'm not) I would vote for LC because he is the only candidate that sounds half way decent. Not a great candidate, but a candidate that sounds more likable than the rest of the slime running. Miami is in a huge crisis right now and cannot afford more of these idiots. Its a wonder why Miami was ranked the 2nd most miserable city in America by Forbes. Go figure.

the truth
the truth

you will not take back miami because your not qualified to be mayor. get over it... go back to king of diamonds and continue your hypocrisy over there

CFG120669
CFG120669

TODO EL MUNDO QUIERE SER POLITICO EL NEGRO EL BLANCO EL INDIO TODOS QUIEREN UN PEDAZO DEL PIE NO QUIEREN TRABAJAR DECENTEMENTE , SI NO HABREN UN HUECO NO ROBAN..... IT IS TO EASY STEAL MONEY FROM THE TAX PAYERS FROM MIAMI DADE COUNTY.........YOU YOU YOU YOU SHOW ME YOU BACKGROUND AND I VOTE FOR YOU THANK YOU

Dan
Dan

Anyone remember when "Nightline" came to town during the Elian debacle and Penelas was totally humiliated on national TV by both Ted Koppel and that audience member who ripped him a new one? I just remember Penelas slumping into his seat and thinking that was the beginning of the end for him, which it was.

Rpcgc
Rpcgc

Alex you hsd your 15min. of fame and BLEW ITstay home, man-up, forget politics, unless you don't fear RECALLS

Angel6933132
Angel6933132

cubans already screwed up this city and state so what does it matter if this cockroach makes a comeback.

Racso4ever
Racso4ever

Penelas may be bad but black drug dealers make money in the Rap Business but keep them out of City Hall.No to "Uncle" Luke that went broke a few years back and wants to take over City Hall?.For what,to get it worse as it is?.I guess he doesn't remembers that it s not the black people that put people in City Hall but the HISPANICS.WE HAVE THE PAWER!!!!Uncle Luke does not like it he can move to Mississippi or Alabama or well I will not say.....

Jorgegesen
Jorgegesen

Cmon go to hell,no more gansters in the power

eddy
eddy

i believe is al about envy

Queenie
Queenie

Uncle Luke, the Latinos won't vote for you because you're not white, the Anglos won't vote for you because you're not white and the Blacks won't vote for you because you're not good enough. LOL Life's a bitch.

Jackharlequin
Jackharlequin

You'll forgive me, if I am suspicious that Luther is using his Bully Pulpit of a column, to not only advance his own candidacy, but also attempt to emasculate (perhaps the wrong choice of words?) Alex Penelas- who really might be a very viable candidate. Alex has, you might recall, already been the Mayor, and is somewhat more familiar than the other candidates with how to win.Do not make the mistake of believing that any of these possible candidates want to be Mayor to help you, or me, or the "People". Power serves itself and we are little more than the "Little People" that all of these egomaniacs want to use in order to aggrandize themselves.Best Regards.Jack Harlequin

Pedro_lara
Pedro_lara

Thanks to Norman Brayman because he was going to lose money when the new stadium went up where he used to sell his cars in the OB parking lot and he got back at Carlos Alvarez by cooking up this recall vote that cost the city millions of dollars. That's why.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Excuse me? I have lived in Miami for 21 years of my life and am glad as hell to be out of that piss hole. You assholes can screw it up some more for all I care.

f b
f b

no, really tell us how you REALLY FEEL. Look im a democrat and against the cuban mafia (not the cuban people).... but to advocate murder... not the smartest thing to do

bluesal
bluesal

You are such an ignorant and stereo typing-worthless looser!!!

Delasangre187
Delasangre187

LOL. The stupid comment by Mateo Temprano (Matthew Earl), is the result of electing President a guy that can not show a birth certificate and is a defective cultural product. Go figure!.

Fallen_eyelash
Fallen_eyelash

Who gave this Matthew Earl piece of shit all the power here?! All you do is talk bad about all races except your own. If you dont like the candidates up for mayor, maybe you should run yourself. That way all of us latinos and blacks can deny your white dumb ass power over something you know nothing of. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion here on this forum. Get your facts straight and loosen up on all the racist comments. =)

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Why do I sense this as another racist comment made by another senseless and helpless rafter?

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Clearly someone that doesn't want change in their community.

RBIG DOGpcgc
RBIG DOGpcgc

matters to meno more stadiums, no more stealing, no more BMW's, no more BS from pretty boys lining their pockets

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

You are one f@cked up person and I would advise you get some help. Something is not right in your head either. Hispanics have done enough already to f@ck up Miami-Dade county. The county does not need anymore of you rafters screwing everything up in Florida. The state hates you and wishes you would go back to your craphole island and screw that island up some more like you did with Castro. No more Cubans running the county. The state and the country cannot take it anymore. Why don't you get back on that tube and float back to Cuba and leave us all the hell alone.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

You mean gangsters like Carlos Alvarez? In that case, I agree with you he is indeed a thug.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Miami is still stuck in the era of 1920s racism that is correct.

Sonicpush
Sonicpush

Alex Penelas already had his chance and did a piss poor job....just because he knows how to win doesn't make the guy anywhere near a good candidate....the guy did a garbage job, and we are partially in the mess today because of him and his crony commissioners like Natacha Sejas....which voted along with his bad policies 10+ years ago.....a bad foundation and example they laid....and was continued by Carlos Alvarez.

Homegrowncuban
Homegrowncuban

Pedro, first it's Braman not Brayman. Second, Braman has multiple dealerships throughout South Florida and doesnt do tent sales any more. As for costing him money? Dude, this guy is a Gazillionaire!! Your statement makes no sense. Go back and read up before spewing garbage.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Oh, right, like your inferior rafter culture is soooo much better. Get a life loser. You don't deserve to live in this country in the first place you just swam here and you were given citizenship.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

And the only reason why you didn't vote for Obama is simply because you are a racist. Just admit it.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

And who the hell did you elect? John McCain? That old "war hero" f*ck who graduated last in his Naval Academy class? You have no room to talk here idiot.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Ummm... really? Hey idiot, I think the majority of you "latinos" are the most racist and ignorant people in Miami and clearly are the reason for Miami's problems. All of Miami's problems stem from you idiots screwing everything up. You have done virtually nothing to improve the education system, public transit system, lower crime rates (like they are doing in other major cities), promote civilian attitudes, "green" technologies, civil and human rights, affordable housing for the poor and homeless, youth educational programs, innovating 21st century technology, better public parks so kids can play, improve the poorly conditioned roads in Miami, and worst of all you lie and take from the tax paying people of Miami-Dade county.

williamMIA
williamMIA

Thats the only racist comment on the board, yours. Im white and live in miami, so i dont get a voice? Latinos have done well here. What race was the commisioner and mayor that just got booted out? The sleazeballs who ripped us off HAPPENED to be latino, but it shouldnt be about race. Almost all politicians are scum. White black and latino. I just want a leader who isnt crooked. I dont care what their race or gender is. But you guys turned it into a race argument quick.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey dick head, was I being racist in my comment? Seems to me you know nothing of what racism is considering you are probably a Cuban in Miami. And for your information idiot, I clearly said LC had my vote because all the other idiots running for mayor do not sound appealing at all. You are an asshole for coming on here and insulting me like that. You need to be taught a real straight lesson in life. Get your shit together and next time you come on here and post another idiotic post like this, get your facts and mentality straight. I'm glad as hell I'm not in Miami to put up with you punk asses on a daily basis with all your illogical thinking. And yes, Miami is the 2nd most miserable city in America. Don't like it well tough shit. Forbes just took a dump on that third world banana republic and exposed you all to the limelight.

Ron Hanforth
Ron Hanforth

because you obviously suffer from the all too common human tendency of simplifying reality into broad and easy to recognize generalizations or boxes. And probably have a heavy sense of victimhood mentality. Nothing the guy said above was racist. Get over it.

Queenie
Queenie

Looks like you're stuck in the mud of your racist commentary, just like Uncle Luke, but that's nowhere to be.

JackHarlequin
JackHarlequin

Please forgive me. I didn't mean to say that Alex would do a good job. I would categorize him with all of the other candidates- inluding Luther.It's just that he does have a clue as to how to win.

Fallen_eyelash
Fallen_eyelash

I was born here in the United States in Miami Florida. My parents were also born in the United states making me an, oh yeah, American Citizen.

Fallen_eyelash
Fallen_eyelash

I actually voted for Obama but because you automatically assume that you are correct, you wouldn't know now would you.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Amen to that. Try telling that to these sleezy idiots that keep trying to put Miami in the sewer. Until Miami gets some real politicians, that place is never going to prosper or be considered a real city. The rest of the state looks down on Miami because of the politicians there.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

No, latinos will be the largest minority in the country. That does not mean you are ever going to overtake the country. Good luck with that one.

adam84
adam84

Matt, i was with you til you trashed miami. Forbes also rated it one of the richest cities (#2) in purchasing power in america, and its not a dump as you say, probably has more money than your city. But thats another issue. Matthew Earl said nothing racist, and said the Luther Campbell was better than the other slime politician here. And hes right.

Rem
Rem

Latinos will be the majority in 30 years, so get used to us fat fuck.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Nothing racist? 1. EL NEGRO 2. EL BLANCO 3. EL INDIO

Nothing racist huh? Anytime an idiot goes about spewing hatred towards another human being it is indeed RACISM you idiot.

 
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