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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, with the election still hanging in the balance, Luke reflects on the mayoral campaign he made serious.
A few weeks ago, WPLG-Channel 10 political reporter Michael Putney announced to the world that I had no shot at winning the mayor's race. Then, at a forum, he confused the NAACP and the KKK when talking about a column I had written about Sen. Marco Rubio. Finally, on his show, This Week in South Florida, he kept asking why voters would take me seriously.
The question is: Who's taking Mike seriously?
Throughout this campaign, I showed Putney, the Miami Herald editorial board, and, most important, Miami-Dade voters — from young hipsters partying at the Vagabond to little old ladies in Aventura — that I can't be taken lightly in a countywide election.
With less than $10,000 in campaign contributions, a small band of hard-working, unpaid volunteers, and the power of the alternative press, we put a real scare into the political machines that control our local elections. We showed them that a candidate who is not beholden to special interests can be taken seriously.
I've enjoyed every minute. I had the opportunity to speak in front of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Latin American Business Association. I let their members know their organizations have served only certain segments of the community instead of finding ways to help all of us. I've spoken against the selling-out of the African-American vote by county commissioners and political consultants who are supposed to be protecting their people's interests. I made Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina squirm at the NAACP mayoral forum when I accused him of buying off black candidates Wilbur Bell and Roosevelt Bradley.
Above all, I've shown Miami-Dade voters I know and understand the political landscape in our community. I've demonstrated I'm well informed on the issues that affect every person who claims the 305 as home. And I will continue to be a voice for the disenfranchised whether I'm the mayor, a columnist, or a high school football coach.
thanks god you didn't get elected, look what happen on memorial day weekend? You promote this kind ghetto environment with all your thug brothers!!
Luther, you portray yourself as if you are much more ethical and responsible that any candidate on the ballot, who are you kidding....not me, you can fool all the blacks who voted for you, after all, their high on crack and ignorant as a fly on the wall......these are the people who voted for you? Wow, you have succumb lower than where you were before....
Luther Campbell was a joke candidate.
Robaina wants to pave the Everglades and give $1 BIILION to the billionaire owned Dolphins.
... made Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina squirm at the NAACP mayoral forum when I accused him of buying off black candidates Wilbur Bell and Roosevelt Bradley....
not to mention the supporters he paid-off to help older citizens complete absentee ballots at Senior Care Facilities... Possibly a portion of the 9000 he won by.
This is why he lost, check his comments in this interview: http://bit.ly/kVGeOr
You did all of that now please make up with your 5 kids and pay back child support in Maryland with you 3 year old .
I have to speak in favor of Michael Putney. He is a VERY respected individual! I seldom miss his Sunday program, This Week in South Florida, & I saw this past Sunday program. Forgive me, Mr. Campbell, but your statement of "HE KEPT ASKING WHY VOTERS WOULD TAKE ME SERIOUSLY" IS INCORRECT. Why don't you accept that there are a few candidates that have more possibilities of winning in this campaign than you. That is nothing to be ashamed of -just admit it, instead of writing such an offensive article! It doesn't say much of you!!!
Throughout this campaign we have heard from some of the candidates and their platforms while others have focused on attacks and divisive tactics.Robaina stayed focused on the need to bring new leadership to County Hall, repeal the property tax increase, reform the county charter and instill fiscal discipline. Proven leadership for Challenging Times.
And what world do you live in. Does not matter what he focused on he is still the same person and not to be trusted.
If you vote for Robaina, do yourself and everyone else a favor. Wear a "I voted for Robaina" pin so everyone can see what an ignorant asshole you are. Its losers like you that do not want any change for Dade county and want it more corrupt than ever. Screw you.
Robaina has stayed focused on acquiring campaign contributions from big business. More money shouldn't win an election but Scott demonstrated it may be done. Robaina is a crook that already finished with Hialeah and now wants his chubby little hands in the County. He continues to show defiance and not adhere to rulings against him and obviously is the front runner in many scandals. There is a reason why there are many scandals and investigations with Robaina and not the other 10 candidates.
Robaina talks but does not follow his words. He will say anything he thinks someone may want to hear. He ethics are to be questioned. If he becomes mayor Miami Dade county will be wishing they never had a recall election because they will have to recall him and I am sure Mr Braman will not but up the money for this recall.