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5:02 p.m.: Campbell resurfaces.
He's on a sidewalk near the University of Miami campus, wearing an orange Hurricanes' polo shirt and khaki shorts. CBS4 reporter Gio Benitez walks beside the candidate, who looks into the camera: "I'm gonna be your mayor. I want to straighten the town out." He announces some of his innovative ideas, such as installing cameras in the mayor's office to record anybody who comes in looking for a quid pro quo. "Everybody loves transparency," Campbell explains. He also mentions one of his proposals to raise more revenue for the cash-strapped county. "It's simple," he says. "Tax the strippers."
Wednesday, March 1, 7:11 p.m.: Ivan and Carlucho, the hosts of Ke Fuerte, a variety show on América TeVé that pokes fun at Miami-Dade politics, welcome Campbell to their studio. Speaking Spanish, Ivan introduces Campbell as "Tio Luke, one of the most important rappers in the United States."
The candidate is wearing a brown sports jacket, a light-blue dress shirt, and blue jeans. He takes a seat next to his translator, a curvy blonde Cuban-American named Olga who sings for Ke Fuerte's house band.
Ivan and Carlucho declare Campbell mayor of Ke Fuerte. Olga explains that as the show's mayor, Campbell is allowed to take one of Ke Fuerte's buxom dancers home whenever he likes. "What am I going to do with them?" he replies. "Whatever you want," Olga says. Uncle Luke quickly shuts the offer down. "Oh, no, my wife won't like that," he says.
Through the interpreter, Carlucho informs Tio that they want to give him a Santería spiritual cleansing or "un despojo." Campbell agrees while revealing a big surprise: "My mother's mother was Cuban." Carlucho jumps out of his seat and slams his hands on the table. "Oh my God, Luther is Cuban!" he yells.
"More reason to protect him," Ivan chimes in.
The Santería priest, whose name is Anecio, comes out dressed in all white, holding a bunch of leaves in his right hand and a bottle of distilled rum in the left. Anecio takes a swig, begins convulsing, and then spits rum in a fine spray all over the floor. The priest brushes the leaves over Campbell's body. "Now you can start your campaign with a clean slate," Ivan declares. "You won't have any bad vibes over you."
Monday, March 14, 5:14 p.m.: Dan Le Batard — Miami Herald sports columnist and host on 790 AM the Ticket — welcomes Campbell on the air by announcing that Luke's platform is "Pop That Coochie." Campbell explains he is running because elected officials are wrong to raise taxes in a place as beautiful as Miami-Dade. Le Batard is skeptical about Campbell's chances. "Luke, I root for you," the host says. "I support you, but this seems impossible." Campbell is unfazed: "One thing about me is I love challenges. I'll be able to get on programs such as yours and tell it real. I don't have to hold back. I can keep it 100."
Le Batard, talking to his cohost Stugotz, admits that "it would be great, funny, and awful at the same time" if Campbell is elected. Uncle Luke concurs: "Every weekend will be like Calle Ocho!"
"Now there is a platform," Le Batard retorts.
The New Times editor listens from a computer in his office. "He's really taking himself too seriously," he notes with a worried frown. The editor had been contemplating asking Campbell to get on a rowboat with a couple of strippers and cross Biscayne Bay, like George Washington crossing the Delaware River. "He's not gonna go for that now," the editor laments. I suggest getting a bigger boat and taking Campbell to different marinas to stump for votes. "Do you know how much that would cost?" the editor says incredulously. "I don't have the budget to pay for it."
The managing editor stands at the door, smiling. "When Luke wins, I want to see how you're going to explain our conflict. When was the last time a paper ran a campaign? Citizen Kane?"
The editor mutters under his breath: "Rosebud. Rosebud. Rosebud. He's not gonna win."
Tuesday, March 15, 8 a.m.: Campbell, along with 88 percent of Miami-Dade voters, casts his ballot to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Thursday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.: During a two-hour interview on Actualidad 1020 AM, Campbell explains to radio show host Lourdes Ubieta why a "stripper tax" would generate lots of money for Miami-Dade. "Miami has the largest strip club in the world, which is Tootsie's," Campbell says. "It is actually in Miami Gardens. The second-largest one is King of Diamonds, which is also in Miami Gardens. Puff Daddy and Rick Ross went in there the other day and gave a million dollars to the dancers — just threw it up in the air."
Ubieta, perhaps sensing a career change in her future, asks Campbell for the address of King of Diamonds. He responds, "Are you getting ready to go on the pole, mami?" Ubieta laughs. "I'm going to go, Luther, and tell them I know you," she adds.
Wednesday, April 6, 3:21 p.m.: Inside the New Times editorial conference room, Campbell goes over campaign strategy with a close circle of advisers that includes members of the newspaper's staff. The managing editor — seemingly no longer bothered by the conflict — is confident Campbell could squeak in with the support of Miami-Dade's black voters if the top three Cuban-American candidates split the Cuban majority vote. "Just get the black community to turn out," he says.
Hey Luke, does it mean that since you're running for Mayor, we can't "Kick" "Game?"If not, I'll fake it: I can talk a lil' politics. But I'd probably do my best talking with that Cutie Pie you got hanging on your arm. I just heard the Stylistic, "You Make Me Feel Brand New."Man let me go, my wife's looking over my shoulder. Anyway, tell her, "I always feel like,somebody's Watching Me, Is this a Fantasy OH HO HO.
So by this guy seemingly grabbing so much support even amongst 'mainstreamers' (see 'reactions'), are we saying that it is now acceptable to vote for those who wouldn't normally qualify for street-cleaning jobs - but would - qualify as local government officials?????Please, Miami-Dade........come to your senses already!!
Luther Campbell should learn to manage his bastard children that whore the streets of Miami. How could anyone in their right mind consider this lowlife and unfortunate businessman to represent Miami. He's no Obama, that's for sure.
Luther Campbell should run a fucking strip club not a city. I pray for those of you who vote for him even if you think its a joke to you. Stupid stupid stupid.
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As a professional educated African American female with multiple degrees and a member of AKA Soriority. I give it up to the Notorious Luther Campbell. Luke is a very educated fine gentleman that I met several years ago in my home town in Chas. Sc. I love you Luke and I wish you the best!!!!!
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Nassie Shahoulian, AKA Notorious Nastie is an A-hole. thats y we love him. Fu*k uh hater hateing on my home boy. Eat a dick you cock suckers! 104B
Who's a 'hater'....why just because he's black?? If this guy were asian or mexican, i'd feel the same way.........stop already with the 'race card'!!!
I understand where you're coming from sister but if you want to represent Luke be a little more lady like and professional when you make a statement. Luke does not need any negative connotations against his character or campaign. Remember that what effects one directly effects all indirectly as Dr. King stated... Sometimes its best to remain silent to remove all doubt... and check your grammar...
You know Luke is alot like Donald Trump - Actually pretty intelligent as a businessman - But Dude axs-a-fool for most of his adult life, was a self-admitted dope slinger in the early days - Has no respect for women and now wants to be taken serious. Luke has every right to be "as nasty as he wants to be' but we have the right not to vote for this morally corrupt rapper wanabee. yes, I said it...he is no different than the typical music label who lived off the backs of other talented rappers...He is a DJ for the most part.
I read your statement and you have a right to your opinion but I worked in Washington for several years and for your informations politicians hire strippers every weekend to meet their needs and do what their wives can't do. Respect comes from with-in let the man live and make a change. Remove the plank from your eye before you judge other's... Never bite the hand that feeds you because you might just need it one day... I am a educated AA Female with multiple degrees and a member of AKA Soriority and I love Luke's music. you should listen to some of the history in the lyrics before you judge not just the explicit lyrics. He is very intelligent individual and may drop some history on you. Woman make a choice to disrespect themselves Luke cannot make them do anything they do not want to do,obviously you listened to his music to form an opinion...
A semi-Gonzo rundown of Luke's campaign up to this point. I enjoyed the read, and it's good to know what's actually been going on in Luke's corner, since most of the publicity outside of the New Times has been focused on the other people running. I had no idea he was at Brew at the Zoo, and had I known I probably would have gone.
He'll definitely get a large chunk of the Black vote, along with whatever young voters decide to turn out.
Luther Campbell campaign is like Donald Trump in blackface,,,,,clearly a distraction.!! Oh, but wait, he has all the Michelle Spence Jones voters. You know...face down, ass up, because all they do is phuck!!! Not only is this a joke, it's sad that he is getting so much pub, oh, I forgot....Donald (without his millions) in blackface. A FARCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dude go phuck yourself. Seeing these racist comments on this message board is so sickening and moderators need to clean it up.
Al it is really sad that all you have to offer is racist hateful commentary. You should go to church and ask God to forgive you.
Frank, I will tell you what is truly sad, that the MNT continues to publish Lukes "racist hateful commentary"
And no wonder you like to post comments on the MNT web-site. Punch 17. Vote for Luke all day, every day.
Please cite some examples of his alleged "racist hateful commentary" because if you're going to point to his tea party tirades well then you must wear a white hood inside your house.
"The editor-in-chief is unfazed: "Relax! No African-American has ever won countywide office in Miami-Dade. We'll use it to spoof the political process!" The managing editor is unconvinced. He was in Chicago in 1983 when Harold Washington stunned the city's political establishment by winning the mayor's seat. "I was the only reporter to cover Washington's first press conference," the second-in-command affirms. "No one took him seriously. Then the two Irish candidates split the vote, all the black folks turned out, and he won."
Well, its pretty simple in CHI. The city is 1/3 black and in 1983 there had to be many more African-Americans in that city making up about a million people. Miami-Dade county is only 20% black and even if the black voters get out other people have to pitch in as well. That means other oppressed latinos in Dade county need to vote for Luke. Also, Miami-Dade seems to have the lowest voter turn out in the entire state of Florida except for the cuban community. That doesn't seem very convincing to me. Get out and vote people if you want to make a difference in your community.
It is ridiculous for your second-in-command to compare Harold Washington in 1983 Chicago to Luther Campbell's candidacy in 2011 Miami-Dade.
Harold Washington became the Democratic nominee in Chicago with only 37% of the vote BECAUSE THERE WAS NO RUNOFF ELECTION. Because Chicago is a Democratic stronghold, the general election against the Republican candidate is a mere formality.
In Miami-Dade, the election is nonpartisan. Assuming no one reaches a 50%+1 majority in the first election, the top two candidates square off in a final election.
Luther Campbell has zero chance of being elected in an inevitable head-to-head runoff election with a Hispanic candidate. And if the Miami-Dade system was in place in 1983 Chicago, Washington would not have stood a chance either.
The fact remains that crooked Julio Robaina is the leading candidate according to the polls. He will trounce Luther Campbell in a runoff. So a vote for Campbell is a vote for Robaina. If you believe Miami-Dade needs better leadership than a Hialeah loanshark, reconsider your support for Campbell.
I have to agree with you Luke doesn't have much of a chance in the circus known as 2011 Miami-Dade politics. This is why I prefer living in primarily democratic cities/counties. If you want change, you have to live in a more progressive city/county with educated voters. Half the voters in Miami-Dade do not have a phucking clue who they are voting for.
At first I thought you were advocating Campbell's candidacy as a joke or perhaps you are really a secret Robaina supporter. But frankly, I was shocked to read here that your editor ordered you to run Campbell's campaign.
Don't you and your editors have any journalistic ethics? What a shame! The old New Times had much more integrity.
Luther Campbell has declared both personal and business bankruptcies. If he can't manage his own finances, why on on earth would you want him managing the county's $7.5 billion budget?
Also, the courts found that Campbell cheated other performers out of more than a million dollars in royalties. Why would you want to elect someone with a documented record of cheating others?
Finally, it is a 100% sure bet that the next mayor will be Hispanic, and crooked Julio Robaina is leading the polls. Why on earth would you want to risk putting Campbell into the runoff and assure crooked Robaina a victory?
Why are you so concerned about Luke's personal life? Bankruptcy does not mean that you're broke it means that you are protecting your assets. White people do it everday in Washington. I worked in DC. for many years and seen it. It was created to protect the White Man, are you jealous? Luke is doing just fine. Obviously your interested in his life...
MiamiHerald´s poll shows Robaina with 44% support among voters that have already cast their ballots, let's keep it up, we need transparency for MD county
Wishful thinking. The Herald poll showed Julio Robaina's support fell 3 points to 25% and Carlos Gimenez gained 11 percentage points to put him at 20%. The people are on to loanshark Julio and his future is not looking good.
Every time you guys tout "Notorious" Nastie as cool, hip, or trendy, you lose more and more of your respectability and integrity. People who are actually part of the "scene" as artists and not reporters or revelers, know exactly how uncool Nastie really is. The notorious part is right though -- he is notorious for not paying bands what he promised them and for avoiding them when they try to collect. He has stiffed hundreds of hardworking musicians and artists in Miami and for someone who is supposed to be promoting our scene, that is really, really sad and a testament to just how "nasty" he really is.
Estrellar you have no credibility because you hide by an anonymous avatar. Show some guts and put your name to your accusations instead of sounding like a whiny pissant with an axe to grind.
Um, no, hotshot reporter. Why don't you do some "investigating" or do you guys not do that anymore? Your paper's "articles" read like a publicist's wet dream. Have you ever talked to the hundreds of musicians that have worked for Nastie? Probably not, huh? Don't call on me to do your work for you, lazy ass.
Sweet heart I get tips from off the record sources all the time, but I know who they are just like woodward and bernstein knew the identity of deepthroat, who provided confirmed intel that helped them break a story. Posting an anonymous comment on a story to bash someone without any substantial proof and complain that we're not doing anything about it is not providing an "anonymous tip." So go suck estrellita's balls for a while.
Great comeback. You shouldn't even call yourself a journalist. Real journalists take anonymous tips all the time so you're excuses are complete BS. That person was right, you are a lazy ass. Or you just don't give a fuck. Lol, or is that nasty gets you and your fellow journalists comped? LMAO, prob all three. What a bunch of sell-outs. Bring back the old New Times -- circa late 80s, early to mid-90s. The present staff sucks.
"You are certainly no deepthroat so dont flatter yourself" What a fucking joke. You should be ashamed of yourself. Have you no fucking pride at all? At least admit you're wrong. Don't choke on nasty's ass hair the next time you're kissing his ass.