The voters of Miami have spoken, and unfortunately 2 Live Crew's controversial frontman Luther Campbell will not be South Beach's next mayor. After announcing he'd pursue a mayoral run in January, Campbell knew that it'd be an uphill struggle for an African-American candidate to win in Miami, where the Hispanic/Latino population dominates the polls. Campbell was right: With 11 candidates vying for the two spots on the ballot, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and former County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez both garnered enough votes to move on to the June 28th election. Campbell finished fourth with 11 percent of the votes, not a bad figure considering no other candidates beyond the top four managed to secure over 4 percent of the vote. Oh, well. At least the Heat won last night.
Campbell made honorable campaign promises about the creation of new jobs and more public housing, but perhaps it was his hard-line decision to tax strippers that caused his eventual downfall. Despite the defeat, Uncle Luke remained optimistic. "This is just an appetizer. This is just the beginning," Campbell told the Miami Herald. "We can still run in 2012 and win this thing." This isn't the last we've heard from the "Face Down, Ass Up" party. (Note: That's not really what Campbell's party is called, but it should be.)
[Photo of Campbell at a non-political event: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com]
- Luther Campbell