Robaina promises thousands of jobs for Dade residents

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 issues the last word on his endorsement of Julio Robaina for mayor.

The spin doctors are hard at work because I am endorsing the candidate whom the media dislikes. I fought for constitutional rights all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And now, all of sudden, I am going to sell out voters to get a friend a job? C'mon.

After the May 24 special election, I had several extensive conversations and face-to-face meetings with Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez about the issues affecting Miami-Dade. I thought long and hard about the ramifications of giving my endorsement. The easiest thing I could have done was stay out of the race, but that would be a disservice to democracy and the 20,000 people who voted for me.

For me, Gimenez and Robaina are the establishment candidates. Unfortunately, more voters decided to go with the two establishment candidates in the runoff. And despite the things I said and wrote about them during the campaign, both candidates put egos aside to meet with me and convince me that one of them is capable of uniting this community and fixing county government.

My endorsement was never contingent on Gimenez or Robaina giving Miami-Dade School Board Operations Director Pierre Rutledge a job. And it has never been about money with me. If I were about getting paid, when Gimenez supporter and Homestead City Councilman Jimmy Williams offered me a $40,000 appearance fee for a restaurant that had not even opened, I would have taken it. Williams made the offer after we concluded a 1 a.m. meeting on June 7 with Gimenez inside Snappers at 800 Ives Dairy Rd.

I made my decision based on several factors. One of them was this: I asked both guys how they would feel about a Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama situation, where I could have input in their administrations and suggest — not strong-arm — hiring good, squeaky-clean people who would help implement parts of my platform. Robaina was cool with doing that, while Gimenez wavered.

Ultimately, I endorsed Robaina in exchange for the promise of thousands of jobs for Miami-Dade residents, not for just one individual. If that is criminal, throw my ass in jail.

 
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middlejohn
middlejohn

Robaina has already created many jobs---like those obnoxious people responsible for the half dozen or more irritating phone messages I recieve in spanish each day. How can he represent me if he doesn't speak my language(the language of this country!) and if his smear phone call campaign pisses me off every day???

Mrdanniejohnson
Mrdanniejohnson

You are a clown, Luke...and I knew it but hoped you had changed. No matter where go, there you will be, sucker...

WAKEUPNOW
WAKEUPNOW

ROBAINA is a LIAR and a FRAUD. Nonetheless, a supporter of Rick Scott, no thanks. Gimenez gets my VOTE

momsD1
momsD1

Most readers here are not savvy about the internal processes of politics or refuse to admit that many candidate you do vote for, who don't have a "moral compass", has pimped or is pimping their way to the political position/office sought. In today's politico climate the "pimp process", along with acting as whores, prostitutes, liars and thieves, is the way you go "if" you expect the WINNING votes to achieve their dreams/ambitions.

Luke C. is not much different than any other seeking political office, but hopefully he is for real and not dubious.

Why do you think Miami only have choices of Latino candidates in replacing its dethroned former mayor, simply stated, its the political climate created by the Hispanic political machine through a lot of fraudulence and deceptions and their persistence of controlling the Miami markets (i.e. politics, jobs, government contracts, business ownership, land developments-Latin Builders Association, money flow, entertainment industries, tourism/travel industries, drug empires that destroy other groups families and communities, etc.).

SHARPTON_POOLBOY
SHARPTON_POOLBOY

luke was talking trash from the get go, and ended up siding with someone he continually lambasted. remember, " he was going to be different". and as far as miami having only latino candidates.... why not? people are tribal, i see it more as a commonality, just like i wouldnt expect a white candidate or latin one for that matter to emerge from the black community. the latino control of politics in south florida comes from the fact that we created a community here, and GOT INVOLVED!., and yes we are persistent, if that bothers you, you may want to move else where because i dont see it changing any time soon. infact you may be surprised to know that the u.s.a. is the 5th largest spanish speaking country in the world and our official language is not spanish. with in the next 20 years we will be the largest minority group in the u.s. why do you think obama continually panders to us, and courts us for our vote. so, that foul mouthed, un educated, has been rapper got schooled south florida style.....

SHARPTON_POOLBOY
SHARPTON_POOLBOY

i always knew you would cave in, boy, you really showed those corrupt cuban politicians. you got pimped you chump... nothing more than a BOOT LICKER.

Smh
Smh

I love the title about how Robaina will create jobs, but the entire article consists of you defending yourself. Why should a endorsement from you really matter? You are just as corrupt as the rest of them Luke and its sad because I voted for you because you were an outsider and I thought your new wave of thinking and forthrightness would be a welcome change. I was wrong. You let Robaina lie to your face and promise your boys jobs while 14% percent of Dade is still unemployed. Im ashamed of you.

Olga
Olga

el berlusconi de Miami jajajajajaja

Bruno
Bruno

WHAT A FKING LIAR OPPORTUNIST !!! DONT VOTE FOR ROGAINA

guest
guest

and just where the heck are these jobs supposed to come from?!!!! as far as I'm concerned, not one of the candidates are worth voting for. bring on the real people, who can actually make a difference ... not more scumbags already into politics.

mahalo2011
mahalo2011

You are a sellout, Luke, who traded your endorsement to Julio Robaina, a "Rick Scott Republican," in exchange for a job for your friend Pierre Rutledge.

We saw your confession video on YouTube where you admitted to your sleazy quid pro quo deal.

You are as sleazy as Robaina. Maybe sleazier.

taxpayer103
taxpayer103

WHAT A FKUCNIG JOKE!!! JULIO ROBAINA YOUR A P>O>S>!!!

Bruce Lawrence
Bruce Lawrence

since we're talking about crime, because if you or i stole we'd be in somebody prison, allow me to put on BLAST the shananigans of our local officals. i'am bout fed up with the corruption here in miami-dade. this issue concerns a FORMER CORRUPT JUDGE peter adrien who sent me to jail for 16 months while his TIGHT BUDDY and you know what i'am taking bout and his bandits stole the home that just months earlier i used as collateral for bond. when i went to the POLICE to report that he said THAT violated a 3rd. party contact of a stay away order 16 months. before he became judge he and attorney gordon murray had worked on cases TOGETHER like the guy who once owned rose auto stores, and i asked he recuse himself because gordon murray was appearing in his court as a PLAINTIFF not ATTORNEY and he had no legal authority to hear that case but he REFUSED. murray who was charged in case #03027591 with "obtainment of property by false personation" and submitting documents" and $1.3 million of my moms estate also disappeared. my mom worded 32 years for these clowns as head of payroll for this county which she had employee financial infomation for EVERY employee who received a check from miami dade, in which crook cpl. barry lawrence was allowed into her office under the guise of cleaning out her last effects and stole that information and began tampering with miami dade employees 529 monies. this cover-up deal whereas adrien ran point along with master thief helen mcguire or lawrence dependent upon which con shes employing, oh sorry Dr. mcguire who conned her way right into a habitat for humanity home which i'am sure are for those of low income , these fools in case 99-1192 went to the courts and submitted affidavits attesting to me being PRESUMED DEAD that's right case 99-1192 i'am lised as PRESUMED DEAD, but adrien said 1 issue has NOTHING to do with the other, that is absolutely RIDICULOUS. i'am fed up with playing these sucker games, i have a 15 page printout from paine webber with my name attached with over $61 million in some bogus account called KAIRE holdings which sounds a lot like CLARA. i have document that illustrate a massive cover up of this. it gets worse 32 years of PAYROLL DEDUCTED i said PAYROLL DEDUCTED U.S. Savings bond have disappeared to the point the treasury has NO RECORD of ANY being EVER PRINTED, but i have a copy and thats a HUGE PROBLEM. bottom line i want every dime of my moms estate and i will EXPOSE everyone who pretends this did'nt happen and have done NOTHING like channels 4,6,7,10 who report only what their ALLOWED to report, ms rundel our state attorney, miami dade p.d., EVERY miami dade commissioner, miami times miami herald, fbi, sec, I'VE MAILED THEM ALL hard copy of this and NOT A SOLE HAS CONTACTED ME. i'am easy to reach 9548822737 or at brucelawrence40@yahoo.com, what they can't read or something. if you show a clown where they come up short or looking like asses they cover it up black, white or blue, but if you or i knew of a crime and did'nt come forward the legal charge is " conspiracy of silence', whats it called when the ones we depend upon to enforce the law does it. call these 2 to the carpet who want to be mayor and if they ass refuse to do anything let em vote for themself and come out with a 1 to 1 tie. p.s. somebody send this to somebody

Zylonist
Zylonist

More of a reason to NOT VOTE for Robaina!!! This guy is a complete FRAUD, and now he's promising 1000's of jobs. I've seen and heard enough from LUKE and ROBAINA. Just look how he left Hialeah, you got it with a nice DEBT. They only jobs he's promising is for his friends and family just like he did in Hialeah with his friends main squeeze earning 75k unreal. GIMENEZ has MY VOTE!!!!

Roro Kewule
Roro Kewule

Sounds like Robaina will be keeping the County Hall tradition of hiring friends and family into lucrative County jobs- many with top administration, do nothing positions.

mbale473
mbale473

You summed up Miami. Most companies only hire their friends, family, cousins, dogs, and cats from Cuba. This is why I was let go from my last job. I refused to learn Spanish and was replaced by the supervisors cousin or something who didn't speak a word of English.

JaneMiami
JaneMiami

So, now we have "The Deal" (Marlins), "The New Deal" (Great Depression) and "The Other New Deal" (When Robaina got Luthenized). Enough with the deals already.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

Oh PLEASE Luke!!!...You sold out to a guy who is a delinquent and soon to be indicted!!

DPACHECO
DPACHECO

HIS NOT GOING TO PUT ANYONE TO WORK IN MIAMI OR ANY WHERE ELSE CAUSE THERE ARE NO JOBS ,POLITICAL PEOPLE ALL THEY KNOW TO DO IS TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU CARE TO HEAR AND LIE AND STEEL THATS ALL THEY KNOW TO DO AND WE WILL SEE IT DOWN THE ROAD A CROOK WILL ALWAYS BE A CROOK WILL NOT CHANGE AND ITS A CHAME TO SAY THESE CAUSE I LIVE IN MIAMI .AND ALL I SEE IS ALOT OF STEALING AND LEYING TO THE PUBLIC AND NOTHING MORE IS DONE OR WILL BE DONE.

SOBE50
SOBE50

TAKE THE MONEY !

Luke you missed your chance ... You could have taken the CLOWNS money ... exposed the

Gimenez campaign for attempting to BUY your endorsement ... and given the $40,000 to

our community charities ...

Next time you get an "appearance" fee offer from some politicans "boy" TAKE THE MONEY ...

and use it to help our community ...

f b
f b

I got nothing against Hialeah, and its people. But i could never vote for anybody that has served Hialeah politically. The corruption in Hialeah is so bad, that I have to throw a blanket over all of them and not risk it. I cant stand Gimenez either, so Im staying home. I vote for Luke as a protest vote, so I'm really not disappointed by this turn of events. Not sure he is doing this for the money or to get his friend at job, but he is definitely selling out

ThatChick
ThatChick

Well I live in Hialeah and I agree with you, but I would also like to note that South Florida in general... no wait I take that back, FLORIDA period, is corrupt. Example: Rick Scott.

DPACHECO
DPACHECO

IM WITH YOU ALL THE PEOPLE THAT RUN IN THAT CITY ALL THEY DO IS STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE LOOK WHAT MARTINEZ DID STEAL AND NOW HE WANTS TO COME BACK BUT YOU ARE CORRECT THERE NOT GOOD FOR ANYTHING .

Primemate305
Primemate305

Luther,You first accuse him of buying black voters. Then you call him a Big Fat Liar. Then he buys you a steak dinner. And now he's not a big fat liar anymore?!? Now you believe him? Now you stand with him? He already said he would fire 1000 county employees. That's creating jobs? Hialeah unemployment rate is 17.3% if he can't do it in his own City how's he gonna do countywide? You made a bad decision for yourself for your supporter and for the black community.

Tmfbbb
Tmfbbb

The 20,000 people that voted for you (myself included), did not vote fir either of those guys for a reason...better yet, several reasons. Your best bet would have been to not endorse either of them. Now you too have become part of the establishment. Uncle Luke of 2010 would be just as ashamed as I am.

mbale473
mbale473

Any of these "supposed" jobs hire English only speakers? Probably not. All of Dade will be a Hialeah in a few years. Miami was once a beautiful American city.

Idadecty
Idadecty

gimenez a hero yeah right more like a dishonest wanna be right wing

Polimia
Polimia

Luke I think u made the right decision gimenez is very corrupt and hides well behind his son a lawyer who makes promises around town because of his father and his fathers political connections, and as far as fighting unions i dont know because he was the leader of fireman union.

Richardh281
Richardh281

Sell out! Cronyism, corruption and Hialeah Banana Republic politics at it's best and you sit it the same bucket of sh*t! You should feel so proud!

Isora7234
Isora7234

Robaina will keep promise more and more because he is more than a desperate housewife realizing that people don't take seriusly his promise and the fact than he is a big fat lier

Goober
Goober

Luke, of course you're gonna sell out. You're not fighting Nick Navarro anymore, you're just playing the game. Go along to get along my brother.

Lickerpoet
Lickerpoet

Who really penned this column? Certainly not Luke , who is barely literate. Campbell had the chance to be a real voice for the black community. He could have been a hero, instead he winds up a zero. Just like the sign in Hialeah read....Luther Campbell / Full of Rap or Crap/Sold his Soul / to a Bigger Asshole.

lmmd
lmmd

poor luke - you've turned pathetic

bruce
bruce

luke for luke, man i knew how this was going to play out long ago. luke knew all the while his push for mayor was going nowhere, but he THINKS he has influence in the black community but that only with knuckleheads not REAL voters. but more power to him, if a few dollars gets him to do a 360 and can make those clowns THINK he has

mialoki
mialoki

And how is this genius exactly going to bring thousands of jobs to this city? More city workers? Stop with the hyperbole. More you speak the worse you look. Take your own advice and lay low

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

His unemployment rate is 17.3 % in Hialeah. You needed to do your research. Robaina will say anything.

Blowmeluke
Blowmeluke

Yes! Please throw Luke's ass in jail so we don't have to see his crappy articles anymore.

mahalo2011
mahalo2011

You are a sellout, Luke, who traded your endorsement to Julio Robaina, a "Rick Scott Republican," in exchange for a job for your friend Pierre Rutledge.

We saw your confession video on YouTube where you admitted to your sleazy quid pro quo deal.

You are as sleazy as Robaina. Maybe sleazier.

 
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