Richard Dunn's Pathetic Attempt to Defeat Keon Hardemon
Rev. Richard P. Dunn II is a desperate man. He thought he would cruise to an easy victory in the race to represent Miami's predominantly black district on the city commission. Instead, he will limp into the November 19 runoff against assistant public defender Keon Hardemon, who received twice as many votes in the preliminary November 5 election.
Dunn's campaign unraveled in the final days. During the debate at Charles Hadley Park, Dunn packed the community center with goons who heckled Hardemon every time he spoke. When the debate was over, Dunn's son, who is also a pastor, tried to pick a fight with termed-out city Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones' husband.
On Election Day, I was at a polling precinct showing my support when a young lady handed me a campaign flier disparaging Hardemon for associating with me. On one side was an altered image of the cover for 2 Live Crew's album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
The original showed us playing in the sand, with four women in G-string bikinis standing in front of us. Someone, obviously working for Dunn's campaign, superimposed the heads of Hardemon, his uncle and campaign guru Billy Hardemon, and Commissioner Spence-Jones on the bodies of my former group members. The headline on the flier read, "Keon Disrespects Women!" The back of the flier, which shows a photo of me holding a Hardemon campaign card, screams, "Women Haters!" and "Birds of a Feather..."
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At first, I was disturbed and felt bullied like Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. My gut reaction was to confront Dunn, but I quickly realized the flier proves he will lose. Making me a target will only backfire on the good pastor. Opportunistic preachers and politicians have been accusing me of being misogynistic since 2 Live Crew dropped the first album. I love and respect all women, starting with my late mother and ending with my beautiful, strong-willed, intelligent wife.
And the voters in Overtown, Brownsville, and Liberty City are well aware of the work I put in with children and teenagers in the inner city.
It's just a shame that a man who calls himself a servant of God would stoop that low to win an election. Like the Good Book says: You reap what you sow.
That's why Dunn will lose big next week.
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