Voters love Luther Campbell

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 lost in last Tuesday's mayoral election, lets voters explain why they chose him.

I raised only $12,000 for the 45-day mayoral campaign — 1 percent of top vote-getter Julio Robaina's total. Yet 20,922 voters picked me. That's not bad. Consider, former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente began his campaign two years ago and raised $370,000, yet he finished with 14 percent and I received 11 percent.

I appealed to a diverse group of people in Miami-Dade, not just African-Americans. Here is what some of those voters had to say:

Rochelle Lopez, 33-year-old Ecuadorian-American high school teacher: "I am tired of the political establishment in Miami-Dade and I wanted a fresh face. Luke is an excellent role model for everyone. The entire community can relate more to him than Carlos Gimenez or Julio Robaina. And I thought his stripper tax was a genius idea." She last voted in 2008 for Barack Obama.

Erik Steinhardt, 27-year-old North Miami native and social worker: "I decided to vote for Luke after hearing him speak at the University of Miami mayoral forum. He was the only candidate who was in favor of the residents of Overtown being assured jobs at the new biotechnology campus near Jackson Memorial Hospital." Steinhardt last voted, for Charlie Crist, in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. He voted for Ralph Nader in 2008.

Rhonda Sims, 42-year-old African-American office manager: "Luke has been in the community, so he knows we need housing, better transit services, and a good relationship with the police. In the past, I've personally dealt with the county commissioners. I can tell they are not there to help because they didn't listen to what my concerns are. I felt Luke would change that." She last voted in 2008 for Obama.

Sandra Ali, 24-year-old Overtown resident: "Luke came with the truth. He spoke about the African-American politicians who have sold out the black community. No one has been outspoken about the issues in our neighborhoods like Luke has." She last voted in 2008 for Obama.

I thank Rochelle, Erik, Rhonda, Sandra, everyone else who voted for me, and my dedicated band of nonpaid volunteers for helping me make history. It was a great experience being your candidate.

 
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Probation Man
Probation Man

* Pepe Martinez, 45 year-old Cuban immigrant hiding out from all the crime in Overtown: "Oye acere! Este maricon negro de mierda me tiene jodido. Ya me tiene con los dos huevos inchados con la mierda que habla."

I also want to thank Pepe for his insightful support during my voting process.

Probation Man
Probation Man

WOW, glad to know you were one of the several hundred that actually voted for this fool. LOL LOL......guess you are on welfare too.

Probation Man
Probation Man

WOW, now Luther is writing about himself....to show how the 1% of the community loves him ROFL LMAO. He is such a pussy that he didnt have the cojones to reveal himself when he called the WQAM with SID. He had to use a bogus name because he is an idiot.

Gerald
Gerald

"I raised only $12,000 for the 45-day mayoral campaign — 1 percent of top vote-getter Julio Robaina's total. Yet 20,922 voters picked me. That's not bad."

Actually that is very bad. If the voters loved you, you would have raised a lot more than $12,000.

Basically you got the votes from two places:

1) People that wanted to vote for a black guy2) Brain-dead thugs that wanted to vote for Luke Skyywalker

And the idea that a school teacher would call you an excellent role model is a fine example of everything that is wrong with this county, if not the entire country.

I loved your music, but there's no way in hell I'd want you making important decisions on my behalf. Run again if you must, but understand that it will continue to be a futile effort, and thankfully so.

Bob
Bob

It should be illegal for any one with a law degree to run for public office other than dog catcher.

KevinL
KevinL

A politician that writes an article about himself saying that voters loved him when he only received 10 percent of the vote is very laughable. Shame on New Times for even publishing such garbage.

Probation Man
Probation Man

Kevin, Luther PAYS the Miami Times to publish his garbage...its a win win situation for both...Luther because he get's to post all of his stupid posts, and the Miami Times because they are taking back all the money he is getting on welfare.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Kevin, you have to understand that the New Times is nothing more than a Mullet Wrapper rag and garbage is their middle name.

Mrl1214
Mrl1214

Are you kidding me? A disgusting Rapper who refuses to pay child support and talks crap...Wake up people! This is NOT the so called "person" we need in office!

Alvaro
Alvaro

Please consider running again. This and other forums can be part of your platform where you espouse your ideas. Maybe even bring others along - new faces on the political scene running for the commission seats that will open up. 2012 is just around the corner. Your connection to voters was more important to the process than even you give yourself credit for. And I know you do give yourself credit. Good luck.

Miss
Miss

Notice the racist obama voters are ready to vote based on skin color once again. Worked really well the first time, didn't it? 9.1% unemployment. That's a change.

Guest
Guest

At the very least, unlike you, they are smart enough to know NOT to vote against their best interests.....Mr. Tea Partier

Truthhurts
Truthhurts

they dont love you thats why you didnt win...stick to writing crappy news stories ..idiot

SOBE50
SOBE50

PROTEST VOTE

Luke let's not get too into yourself, most of the people that I know voted for you because of the

CHOICES they were given for MAYOR ... Look at it this way, MIAMI was DISAPPOINTED that

after getting rid of one POS all they had to choose from was MORE OF THE SAME !

The THIEVES are at the door again !

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

For the most part, voters DID NOT LOVE Luther Campbell. If they did, he would have been elected. In fact, roughly 9 out of 10 voters voted against him.

kirkslade
kirkslade

Please don't comment with facts. You are going to scare a lot of people! So you are saying Uncle Puke didn't win? I thought they loved him!!! He is useless!

Displeased
Displeased

This is getting so stupid. Why are half the references about race? Seems like old Luke is reliving around 1950 and wants to be the next MLK. A campaign based on race is racist. You will get the "african american" vote mostly that way but it is just wrong. We are all Americans together, focus on that. His platform? Stripper taxes, legalized gambling and weed and so forth? Yeah, they can make money for sure, but we would become a slum party town with no morals. Ex-rapper, exciting racy articles for sure. I like reading them just for the punch line for years, even when there is truth in them it is done irreverently in a style not to be taken seriously. Go ahead, run again. A joke. Even your own articles show you think of it that way. Just a way to further your own self standing, make you feel important and just. Show me your real credentials, sir...in economics, balancing budgets, not being racist, governing people. If you can do that you may get my vote. Everything I have seen is smoke and wind, trying to get people's emotions riled up enough to get yourself a vote.

sundaynite
sundaynite

I can tell you where not born in Miami. Second of all you sound like a joke. In order to want to run for any position in Miami, you need to be aware and concern about your community and what it's about. I have seen when certain parts of Miami, Over-town, and other areas, of dade-county, where nothing but dirt and weeds growing as high as you can stand. No sidewalks, no lights on the streets, and so on. So before you give advice about who wants to run for office walk the walk first. You think its about race, wrong again. Its about knowing where you come from.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

If you WERE born in Miami you obviously didnt learn much grammar in school. Got Spellcheck??

Displeased
Displeased

Wrong on all counts, but nice try. I was born and raised in Miami, as were both of my parents and going even further back than that. I know this city and where I come from and I would wager have a much longer history and more thorough knowledge of where I come from than you, so don't try and poke holes in things with suppositions you make up in your head, please.

Pufferfish
Pufferfish

luke you got to get the jewish vote to win!!shabot shalom

Denray01
Denray01

The Cuban domination in this county has go to go , just like the Castro regime in Cuba . Too much money and all they want is power and more money . Cubans no longer populate Dade like they did 50 years ago and their political reps are guaranteed to be the last dominant force , vote them out any way possible and do not let them back in power ....EVER .

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Move to the Dakotas. Not many Cubans there. Otherwise STFU and understand that Cubans are the majority here.

JuanSoFla
JuanSoFla

Listen... Luther is a self made man, like us... Robaina and Gimenez are professional politicians, packaged by special interests, fancy show animals on a leach of the special interests, ... I hope Luther runs again...

j g
j g

i also voted for luke and i hope he runs again this time with a little more momentum on his side. i think with more time and a more focused campaign he can be a serious challenger to the current corrupt apparatus.

Wildbillhiccups
Wildbillhiccups

Yeah. More time and more focus on things like weed,prostitutes and strippers.Great campaign strategy.And how in God's name do you know that Uncle Puke isnt or wont be corrupt? Please look into your crystal ball and give me the next Lotto winning numbers.

Diana_meneguzzi
Diana_meneguzzi

Ever since the article he wrote last year basically trashing Miami Beach I am NOOOO fan of his. Hes fake

Michael B
Michael B

He sounds like he would have been a really good and ethical mayor. The reality is that Miami Dade will never see a non-Cuban mayor again. I'm pretty sure Luke doesn't speak Spanish and God forbid an English only speaker becomes mayor.

 
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