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Carlos Gimenez Blows It, Lets Julio Robaina Steal Luther Campbell's Endorsement

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Will Julio Robaina live up to his word? History shows he hasn't.
As soon as Luther Campbell made his endorsement of Julio Robaina for mayor official, I received text messages from a couple of Carlos Gimenez supporters asserting Uncle Luke had surely been bought off -- the same accusation our columnist hurled at the former Hialeah mayor during the NAACP debate last month. Campbell accused Robaina of buying off two of black candidates to dilute the African- American vote.

I don't believe he sold out, but endorsing Robaina is definitely a hit to Campbell's credibility. I told him so during a phone conversation as he kept the throng of mainstream media reporters waiting for his arrival for more than an hour for a 12:30 p.m. press conference. But I understand why Luke endorsed Robaina, even though I want to throw up.

I've written my fair share of critical pieces on Robaina, questioning his integrity and his ethics.

But I'm not the one who ran for mayor against him. Luke did, so he was in a position to cut a deal that, he hopes, will translate into something positive for Miami-Dade's African American community.

"I could have stayed on the sidelines," Campbell said, "not endorse either guy, but then nothing happens in the African American community for a year-and-a-half. If I can get one of these guys to implement some of my ideas to improve the community, isn't that a step in the right direction?"

One thing Campbell asked both candidates for: If they were willing to put someone he trusts to oversee economic development in Miami-Dade's African American communities; a senior adviser who only answers to the mayor. Campbell suggested Pierre Rutledge, a longtime black activist who is the operations director for the Miami-Dade County School Board and former Miami city commission candidate.

"Robaina was on board," Campbell says. "Gimenez wavered." Campbell also says Gimenez wants to abolish Miami's community redevelopment agency and use the tax money it generates for the county's general fund. "The CRA needs to be fixed not eliminated," Campbell added, noting that was a deal breaker. "Gimenez wouldn't budge on that issue."

But does that mean he can trust Robaina? "If he does fuck the Black community over," Campbell says, "you know I'll be the first one to put him on blast."

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Egest
Egest

Luke talks like he has something stuck inside of him. If he would have been mayor he would have brought in his friend and brought in the rest of his buddies that just got out of jail

bperez198679
bperez198679

Yes, so how can the money be reinvested into the community when the city streets are messed up, and the city spends money on changing median trees that were put on less than a year ago, while the community needs help to survive while unemployment rate sky-rising people still losing their house due to the economic issues.

Sunshine_305
Sunshine_305

Hands down, I'm voiting for Gimenez!!!  I would like to thank Uncle Luke for keepin’ it real!!!Luke I understand the concept you were trying to do by building an “Administration Team”; however, you guys (Luke, Robaina & Rutledge) could NEVER duplicate the Obama/Clinton Administration Team.  Simply because you’re inane and talk too much!!!  You’ve done a great job destroying yall’s reputation & careers. And if Pierre Rutledge continues to hang around you, then he’s the fool!  Its time you leave politics alone and reach out to your five (or six) children you’ve abandoned. Checked out Luke's children on YouTube telling the world how he's a Deadbeat Dad.  SHAME ON YOU!!!!  Pierre why do you continue to be Luke’s puppet?  This is not the first (or last) time Luke used you for your brains.  No one feels sorry for you because you were in on Luke’s scheme from the beginning.  You hurt yourself by attending Luke’s press conference for Robaina.  Your presences at the press conference clearly confirmed a job was offered to you and you ACCEPTED it.  I strongly recommend you NEVER run for office again.  We will remember this!   Mr. Rutledge ran for the City of Miami Commissioner District 5 seat twice in 1997 & 2010.   He lost both times.  So who’s laughing at Spence-Jones now?

Sunshine_305
Sunshine_305

Julio Robaina political career is over!  Congras Gimenez!!!  You now Have My VOTE!  Thanks Uncle Luke for keepin’ it real!!!

Uncle Luke, I understand the concept you were trying to do by building an “Administration Team”; however, you guys (Luke, Robaina & Rutledge) could NEVER duplicate the Obama/Clinton Administration Team.  Simply because you’re inane and talk too much!!!  You’ve done a great job destroying yall’s reputation & careers.  And if Rutledge continues to hang around you, then he’s the fool!  Its time you leave politics alone and reach out to your five (or six) children you’ve abandoned.  I checked out “YOUR” biological children on YouTube telling the world how you’re a Deadbeat Dad.  SHAME ON YOU!!!! 

Pierre Rutledge, why do you continue to be Luke’s puppet?  This is not the first time Luke used you for your brains.  No one feels sorry for you because you were in on Luke’s scheme from the beginning.  You hurt yourself by attending Luke’s press conference for Robaina.  Your presences at the press conference clearly confirmed a job was offered to you and you ACCEPTED it.  I strongly recommend you NEVER run for office again.  We will remember this!  Mr. Rutledge ran for the City of Miami Commissioner District 5 seat twice (1997 & 2010).  And yes, he lost both times.  So who’s laughing at Spence-Jones now?

Blackrst
Blackrst

If gimenez wants to help the black community why has he not, he has been in office for a long time and has done squat for them if you dont believe me drive by gand ave in coconut grove

POLI
POLI

WELL GIMENEZ CAMP OFFERED LUKE '40,000.000' TO SPONSOR GIMENEZ AND HIS SON CHARGES UP TOO 750 AN HOUR TO LOBBY IN DADE COUNTY IS THAT A CRIME?

Where is the video?
Where is the video?

Where is the blog entry and video of Uncle Luke admitting he committed a crime? It was up yesterday.

Lickerpoet
Lickerpoet

Luther Campbell/ Full of Rap or Crap/ Sold his soul / to a bigger asshole

Lickerpoet
Lickerpoet

One thing Campbell asked both candidates for: If they were willing to put someone he trusts to oversee economic development in Miami-Dade's African American communities; a senior adviser who only answers to the mayor. Campbell suggested Pierre Rutledge, a longtime black activist who is the operations director for the Miami-Dade County School Board and former Miami city commission candidate. This is a lovely story, if you enjoy reading fiction.  Only problem is, that this is contrary to the law. Florida Statutes - 104.071Remuneration by candidate for services, support, etc.; penalty.— (1)It is unlawful for any person supporting a candidate, or for any candidate, in order to aid or promote the nomination or election of such candidate in any election, directly or indirectly to: (a)Promise to appoint another person, promise to s...ecure or aid in securing appointment, nomination or election of another person to any public or private position, or to any position of honor, trust, or emolument, except one who has publicly announced or defined what his or her choice or purpose in relation to any election in which he or she may be called to take part, if elected.(b)Give, or promise to give, pay, or loan, any money or other thing of value to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of any communication media, as well as newspapers, to advocate or oppose, through such media, any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election, and no such owner, editor, or agent shall give, solicit, or accept such payment or reward. It shall likewise be unlawful for any owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern to advocate or oppose through such poll any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election in return for the giving or promising to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value to said owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern.(c)Give, pay, expend, or contribute any money or thing of value for the furtherance of the candidacy of any other candidate.(d)Furnish, give, or deliver to another person any money or other thing of value for any purpose prohibited by the election laws.This subsection shall not prohibit a candidate from furnishing complimentary tickets to the candidate’s campaign fund raiser to other candidates.(2)A candidate may give his or her own personal or business funds to another candidate, so long as the contribution is not given in exchange for a promise or expectation that the recipient will directly or indirectly do anything to aid or promote the candidacy of the contributor which the recipient would not have otherwise done.(3)Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and from and after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.History.—s. 8, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 2, ch. 65-379; s. 26, ch. 71-136; s. 35, ch. 77-175; s. 52, ch. 79-400; s. 33, ch. 89-338; s. 617, ch. 95-147.Florida Statutes - 104.071Remuneration by candidate for services, support, etc.; penalty.— (1)It is unlawful for any person supporting a candidate, or for any candidate, in order to aid or promote the nomination or election of such candidate in any election, directly or indirectly to: (a)Promise to appoint another person, promise to s...ecure or aid in securing appointment, nomination or election of another person to any public or private position, or to any position of honor, trust, or emolument, except one who has publicly announced or defined what his or her choice or purpose in relation to any election in which he or she may be called to take part, if elected.(b)Give, or promise to give, pay, or loan, any money or other thing of value to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of any communication media, as well as newspapers, to advocate or oppose, through such media, any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election, and no such owner, editor, or agent shall give, solicit, or accept such payment or reward. It shall likewise be unlawful for any owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern to advocate or oppose through such poll any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election in return for the giving or promising to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value to said owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern.(c)Give, pay, expend, or contribute any money or thing of value for the furtherance of the candidacy of any other candidate.(d)Furnish, give, or deliver to another person any money or other thing of value for any purpose prohibited by the election laws.This subsection shall not prohibit a candidate from furnishing complimentary tickets to the candidate’s campaign fund raiser to other candidates.(2)A candidate may give his or her own personal or business funds to another candidate, so long as the contribution is not given in exchange for a promise or expectation that the recipient will directly or indirectly do anything to aid or promote the candidacy of the contributor which the recipient would not have otherwise done.(3)Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and from and after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.History.—s. 8, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 2, ch. 65-379; s. 26, ch. 71-136; s. 35, ch. 77-175; s. 52, ch. 79-400; s. 33, ch. 89-338; s. 617, ch. 95-147.

Luke Blows It
Luke Blows It

The headline should read, "Luke Blows It".

Luke has made himself the punchline of a bad joke.

Luke done bad
Luke done bad

It appears Luke and Robaina committed a felony or two. Extortion and election promises are both serious charges.

Luke,You done bad.

Herby Garcia
Herby Garcia

Wow I am surprised by his endorsement.  What a shame! Luther also said it was because of maintaining CRA's, so Luther sold his endorsement too.  After all the crap Luther talked about Robaina.

Really low Luke, really low
Really low Luke, really low

Luke coaches little boys on football and Robaina just played Luke for the lightweight political novice he is.

But to exchange his endorsement by extorting illegal favors...Really stupid.

We are watching
We are watching

Uncle Luke lost all credibility endorsing Robaina after all the things he said about him. If Luke had won I would nominate for your politician of the year award, he just showed us he can be bought.

nevernot
nevernot

Uncle Lukes credibility leaves in 3....2.....1.... poof

Fred
Fred

Your headline states that Gimenez blew it. The truth is that Campbell blew it. Look at your comments. We are VERY disappointed. I voted for Campbell because he wasn't "just another scumbag politician". I was wrong. I get  very upset when someone I supported turns out to be so underhanded and evil. Go back to having women shaking their booty in your face, Campbell. That's where you really belonged all along.

You know, its not too late. Change to Gimenez, or take Reid's advise and don't support anyone. Apologize and I will forgive.

Luke is a disappointment
Luke is a disappointment

Luther Campbell made a pact with the devil.

Doesn't Luke know Robaina recommended the Marlins deal? That "deal" took money that could have gone to blacks and gave it to a rich Canadian, Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Marlins.

Luke got punked.

Miamian
Miamian

It is improper and unethical for a candidate to promise appointments to anyone during a campaign. 

disgusted
disgusted

I hope the people of Miami Dade county realize what a sell out Luther Campbell is.  He was not in this race to serve his community, he was in it to serve himself. He knew he had no chance of winning but when he lost someone would approach him for his "endorsement". What happens to all those things he wrote about Robaina in his column? Are they suddenly not true?  You can't really unring that bell.

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

ROBAINA HAS A HORRIBLE RECORD FOR TREATING PEOPLE WITH DISRESPECT AND TELLING THEM ANYTHING THEY WANT TO HERE. I HOPE MR CAMPBELL HAS READ WHAT HE HAS DONE TO THE EMPLOYEES OF HIALEAH. ANYONE THAT CHEATS AND STEALS FROM OTHERS WILL DO THIS TO HIM.  I REALLY BELIEVED HE CARED ABOUT WHAT WAS RIGHT I GUESS I WAS WRONG. MR ROBAINA WILL DESTROY MIAMI DADE COUNTY. MR CAMPBELL SHOULD DO HIS HOMEWORK AND CHECK HOW HE HAS TREATED THE SEMIOLA COMMUNITY IN HIALEAH.  I THINK HE MAY RETHINK HIS ENDORSEMENT

Cudjojon
Cudjojon

I really dont get it Luke, why? Can one be certain Robaina will not get rid of the CRA? I do not agree with Gimenez consolidating the activity with the General Fund (needs to be kept separate on the financials for transparency purposes). But, I do not trust Robaina who will ALSO try to take a little bit from the kitty to pay off another service. He will probably record it as a loan that will never be paid back so one will have to consolidate it with the Gen Fund in the end....

ccc229
ccc229

Luke is stupid, and the biggest ho in Miami.  Punk.

Loser choice
Loser choice

Wow. Campbell is a loser.Robaina? He voted to give your money to the owner of the Marlins.

Luke got played
Luke got played

Did Luther Campbell do any research?

Robaina was in favor of the Marlins "scam deal", Carlos Gimenez was aggressively opposed.

Luke baby,That deal takes money that could have been used to help blacks. Instead the NY City based owner of the Marlins bought himself a bigger oceanfront estate. In NY.

Luke, you got played.

SMH
SMH

Wow...and to think I considered voting for him. He just lost all credibility it's not about if he fucks over the black community it's about when. Besides we all know he's just going to fuck over the community in general... He should have staye dout of it.

Robaina makes me puke
Robaina makes me puke

I always suspected that the Luther Campbell campaign was just a scam to elect Robaina. Now I know my suspicions were true. You should be ashamed of yourself Francisco for serving as Luther's campaign manager.

blahblah29
blahblah29

Luther should of made this deal "fire Ralph RACIST Arza" and then we can talk.

CRA is a cesspool
CRA is a cesspool

Robaina is laughing at Luther Campbell."What a lightweight".

If Robaina wants to fix the finances of Miami-Dade County the first thing he should want to do is abolish all the Community Redevelopment Agencies. Put the money back in the General Fund before it gets stolen.

Luke commits extortion
Luke commits extortion

Luke got bought off by Robaina. With his $1.4 million war chest Robaina has money to spread around.

I am surprised Pierre Rutledge would allow himself to be part of an extortion scheme.

Gimenez has morals
Gimenez has morals

Carlos Gimenez is absolutely correct on many fronts.

The various City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agencies are a waste of taxpayer money. They are staffed by political cronies with zero real world experience. Luke is all wrong and Gimenez is totally correct. The CRA's should be abolished.

P_Nis
P_Nis

I really believed in Luke and was willing to go all out to help in '12. I can't begin to tell you how disappointing this is. At least Luke showed his true colors now rather than when he actually got into a position of power.

rdbolanos
rdbolanos

Rompe Noticias, Uncle LUKE deposited his TRUST in Julio ROBAINA from HIALEAH. The question that remains for TIO to reflect upon is -  with which ROBAINA did TIO cut the deal? Did TIO cut the deal with Julito El Mono SIMON? Or, did TIO make a deal with Julito MENTIRITA? Either one, TIO, you cut a deal with one of the twin brothers of Julio ROBAINA from Hialeah. I don't understant what you mean when you say, " you be the first one to put him on blast," but get your blaster ready, because either SIMON or MENTIRITA are going to teach you something about HIALEAH streets TIO.        

4SALE
4SALE

Your photograph says it all. Look who is around them and go ask the REAL black community if those people represent them. Luke sold his endorsement to Robaina because Gimenez didn't want to buy it. That goes against everything Luke has written about in his column. Luke is a sell out. He sold himself and sold the black community that believed in him. He is definitely a politician.

Sanchez
Sanchez

Robaina played your ex-candidate like a fiddle. This is why neophytes going into politics always . He's picking up a few votes free, because even if he does follow through and appoint Rutledge to a nominal position, where's the money for economic development? And he's going to pick a fight with the CRA, which influences more votes than Luke?

At the end of the day Luke showed why he was never going to be a good mayor for all of Miami Dade. He's as balkanized as any of the politicians he rants about.

Ernie
Ernie

How did Carlos Gimenez blow it? Because he wouldn't make Robaina's promise to hire Pierre Rutledge as a senior adviser who only answers to the mayor? That just tells me that Gimenez has integrity and Robaina and Campbell do not.

Gimenez's refusal to play Campbell's sleazy quid pro quo game only reinforces my belief that Gimenez is an honest man and deserves to be our next mayor.

mahalo2011
mahalo2011

So Luther Campbell sold his endorsement to Robaina because Robaina promised to hire Luther's friend, Pierre Rutledge, as a senior advisor. How disgusting!

DontTrustRobaina
DontTrustRobaina

Uncle Luke is dumber than I thought he was.  Shoulda known from his tweets I guess...

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