Luther Campbell‘s campaign run for Mayor of Miami just got racist.
According to reports, Luke Campbell is one of seven Miami candidates excluded from a recent mayoral debate held at the Florida International University.
The debate was restricted to Spanish-speaking candidates only, and Campbell, along with candidate Roosevelt Bradley are calling foul.
Speaking to CBS Miami, Luther Campbell – a former rap star and African American candidate for mayor – said he was appalled at what he called a ‘Cuban-only forum’.
He said: ‘The university is having a Cuban-only forum, which is wrong to the students, because the students are from all different races and all different cultures and all the students don’t speak only Spanish.’
Roosevelt Bradley, another black candidate, said he was ‘outraged’ that the publicly funded university allowed what he called a ‘polarising and divisive event’ to be held on the campus.
He said: ‘This turns the clock back 50 years on race and ethnic relations.’
In a fundraiser event in North Bay Village, FL, the rapper turned politician raised a mere $250.
According to WPLG News 10 in Miami, Campbell hoped to raise $5,000 to $10,000 by charging $25 to $500 per patron at the fundraiser.
Campbell’s $250 is reportedly $150,750 to $599,750 behind leading fundraiser efforts of other mayoral candidates.
Jose “Pepe” Cancio reported at $160,000, Carlos Gimenez reported about $230,000, Marcelo Llorente reported almost $370,000, and Julio Robaina reported over $600,000.
The former 2 Live Crew rapper claimed that his run for Mayor isn’t about his campaign fundraising, saying to WPLG, “It’s about jobs and getting new money into Miami.”
Luke might be better off having his next fundraiser event at a strip club.
The next finance report date is on Friday, and hopefully Uncle Luke has better luck raising funds at his next event.
The election will be held on May 24.
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ATLANTA — A Georgia elections board has certified the vote making former state Sen. Kasim Reed Atlanta’s mayor-elect.
Fulton County Elections director Barry Garner says that the board certified the election result Saturday.
With 84,383 votes cast on Tuesday, Reed beat city councilwoman Mary Norwood by 715 votes, a margin of less than 1 percent. The Associated Press has not called the race because Georgia law automatically grants a recount request when the margin is less than 1 percent.
Norwood’s campaign manager Roman Levitt say the campaign plans to request a recount Monday.
If Reed’s win is confirmed after the recount, he will take Mayor Shirley Franklin’s place on Jan. 4.