Politics

Steve Berke, Comedian and Reality Show Contestant, Runs for Miami Beach Mayor

If you've been withholding your support for Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower for all these years because you suspect she doesn't shoot nearly enough tequila and wavers in her commitment to fight aliens, don't worry: There's now a candidate for you.

Steve Berke, a stand-up comedian and former reality show contestant, is running for the job. In a series of YouTube clips, he chugs liquor, advocates marijuana legalization and pledges to save American Airlines Arena from extraterrestrial invaders.


Berke officially announced his candidacy last night at the Catalina Hotel and uploaded his campaign clips earlier this week.

In the first, he downs a few shots of liquor while spelling out his campaign promises: legalizing marijuana, bringing a casino to South Beach and keeping clubs open late. "If you don't want your taxes as high as my blood alcohol level right now, come join our party," he says at the end.

In another, he watches aliens blow up American Airlines Arena and then pledges to rebuild it by hand. "I love Miami Beach," he says. "I'd fight aliens for my city." (Ummm, the Arena is in Miami, Steve, but point taken.)

As of this morning, Berke hasn't filed to officially join the mayor's

race yet, Miami Beach Clerk Robert Parcher tells Riptide.

Yeah, there's a decent chance this campaign is a big publicity stunt for a guy who hasn't gotten too much national attention since bowing out of Fox's The Rebel Billionaire, a Richard Branson-hosted reality show back in 2004.

But he does have some legit academic credentials: He graduated from Yale! (What's that? Our last big Yalie politician didn't exactly pan out so well? Touche, Wikipedia.)

Here are the clips:





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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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