Luther Campbell Explains His Endorsement of Julio Robaina

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No surprise, blogs backing Carlos Gimenez attacked Luther Campbell for going with Julio Robaina in the Miami-Dade mayoral run-off on June 28. Even the Miami Herald, which has also endorsed Gimenez, took issue with Campbell's shocking unexpected backing of Robaina, whom he dubbed "Hialeah's overlord" in the pages of this newspaper. The sub-hed for the June 10 story reads: "After dithering for two days, former rap star Luther Campbell endorsed Julio Robaina for mayor."

Gimenez got his shot in too, telling the Herald: "Mr. Campbell and I had a frank discussion and agreed we were on the same page as to creating jobs and making community redevelopment agencies accountable to the communities they serve. However, I was not willing to do certain things that Mr. Campbell was asking."

During an interview at New Times HQ with Editor Chuck Strouse and other members of the paper's staff, Campbell shed light into how he was lobbied by both candidates and how he settled on Robaina knowing he would face scathing criticism for endorsing a man he called a "big, fat liar."



You can view the rest of the interview by clicking below:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

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31 comments
Perp walk soon
Perp walk soon

Doesn't the School Board have a rule forbidding employees from committing extortion?

Pierre Rutledge? Update your resume and put your affairs in order.

Perp walk...

School Board listening?
School Board listening?

Robaina's campaign is funded by a long list of criminals.

Luke and his homeboy Rutledge join a long list.

School Board? Paying attention?

Extortion much?
Extortion much?

Luther CampbellPierre RutledgeJulio Robaina

ExtortionPay to Play

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?

Extortion
Extortion

It looks like Luke was soliciting election law fraud. Extortion.

Dude Rutledge is a low life.

RBJAMES
RBJAMES

IF 40,000.OO WAS OFFERED TO LUKE TO ENDORSE GIMENEZ, GIMENEX AND HIS CAMP ARE CRIMINALS AND THAT IS THE CAMP THAT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED

susymiami
susymiami

I am against everything that Campbell stands for ... so his endorsement just turned my "undecided" vote a sure one for Gimenez.  What a clown!

Jandj
Jandj

is gimenez son lobbying and saying that his father going to be the next mayor corruption?

stop the Bs
stop the Bs

how about the 40,000.00 jimmy williams offered luke to endorse gimenez as a fee, is that election fraud?

Update the resume
Update the resume

Does the School Board condone employees being involved with extortion? Election fraud?

Pierre Rutledge? Better update the resume.

BeReal
BeReal

You trust him because he's not locked up?  lol, ridiculous.  Luke, you are no longer welcome as a voice of the people.

Exhibit 1
Exhibit 1

Luke just provided video testimony proving he and Julio Robaina committed Election Fraud and other violations.

Pierre Rutledge was in on the extortion too.That Scammer wanted to get a pay boost as he left the School Board. Now the School Board should fire his butt.

Ten
Ten

Gimenez is another Carlos A., Luke wants change thats why he backed Robaina we need a new leader and thats what Luke said.

JohnG
JohnG

These videos will be great evidence when Robaina is put on trial. Thank you, Luther Campbell! Thank you, Chuck Strouse! Thank you, Francisco Alvarado!

Now if only Campbell was wearing a wire when he met with Robaina ...that would be the best! If Campbell has another opportunity to meet with Robaina, make sure he is outfitted with the latest technology (hidden video camera, etc.) so Robaina can't deny it.

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

Mr Campbell you are not who I though you were. Do you understand that this man has promised the world to many groups and people. Also I hope you checked out how he has treated the Semiola community in Hialeah. I have heard that it has not be treated right. I am not sure if you know about this community but I know people that lived there when I was growing up and I am sure you may not like what they have to say. People can promise things like Mr Robaina did when he became Mayor of Hialeah with different employee groups. He ended up being a big fat liar ( like you said) Please realize that he has tried to destroy the working middle class employees in Hialeah. Why do you think he will treat any other group better (including your interest). Also he illegally fired senior firefighters and knew what he was doing was incorrect he did it because he was not getting what he personally wanted (LIKE A BIG SPOIL BABY) He was ordered by the court to return these men to work. He did not do it (ignored the order costing the City of Hialeah 10000 a day) Do you get it he cost the City of Hialeah over 1.5 million dollars. The new mayor brought them back (Mr Robaina could care less about the laws in this land) That money could have help many people (kids groups, elderly etc) You need to look at the big picture. Do you believe you did right for the county. You disappoint me.     

mahalo2011
mahalo2011

Thanks for posting these videos, Francisco. The first minute of part 3 is the smoking gun. Campbell said Gimenez would not agree to his demand that he hire Pierre Rutledge. (Good for him!) On the other hand, sleazy Julio Robaina said he would hire Rutledge to get Campbell’s endorsement. That’s a criminal act in violation of state elections law. Shame!

Voted for Gimenez
Voted for Gimenez

Luke showed his true colors and loyalty....where's the green and what's in it for me!

Luke knows both candidates could care less about the black community and Robaina's honestly meter reads "Zero." 

Watch if Rabaina wins, Luke's gets to be the inside Black guy to go to for County contracts and his wife gets a niceeee County job. 

guest
guest

The media is so skewed... I wonder what Gimenez promised Llorente for his endorsement? Let's face it... the Herald has been campaigning for Gimenez from the beginning.  I can't wait for this election to be over so all the people Gimenez is paying to be on these blogs will find something else to do with their time. 

Low IQ columnist
Low IQ columnist

Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell accused of extortion.

Endorsement for sale?

Illegal campaign promise?

Sad.

Luke sold out
Luke sold out

New Times should have reported that bloggers on various New Times blogs hammered Uncle Luke for his Sell-Out endorsement of Robaina.

It appears Luke, Robaina and Pierre Rutledge all broke several laws. No wonder Giminez would not agree to Luke's extortion.

Fred
Fred

When deciding to vote for Campbell, I saw that he was for Gay Rights. Robaina is anti-gay. How do you come to terms backing someone that is willing to deny rights to anyone? YOU ARE A FUCKING SELLOUT! And to think I actually talked other people into voting for a major FRAUD! 

Yoursuchamoron
Yoursuchamoron

Bet Luke got paid off,,,,,,, LAME!!!!! and he still playing the New Times like a fiddle. eidtor there must be an idiot

nevernot
nevernot

Luke lost every drop of respect I once had for him with this backing of Robaina. He can try to spin it however he likes, but there's no reason to take the word of a known liar, fraudster, and tax cheat.  There's no reason why Luke should think what a liar promised him will be fulfilled, he just gave away his endorsement for free. I hope he at least got a reach around from Robaina while he was being taken advantage of.

P_Nis
P_Nis

"No surprise, blogs backing Carlos Gimenez attacked Luther Campbell for going with Julio Robaina in the Miami-Dade mayoral run-off on June 28."

Why are you excluding your own commenters who ripped Luke a new asshole last week after he announced the endorsement?

guest
guest

Campbell was asking Gimenez to break Florida election law (FS 104.071 (1)(a)). No WONDER Gimenez was "not willing to do certain things that Mr. Campbell was asking."

lmmd
lmmd

how do you know that the $40k was even real? seems to me that ole luke boy is dreaming up stuff left and right

Proud of Carlos Gimenez
Proud of Carlos Gimenez

If you watch these videos, it's clear Gimenez is not willing to compromise his integrity. Don't assume everyone is as sleazy as Julio Robaina.

broken promises
broken promises

What? When the election is over you won't be blogging either? Robaina promised you a job too?  You know if I were you I would be wary...he is full of empty promises, both professionally and personally.

What was cut from the video?
What was cut from the video?

Check out Part 5. At about 0:25, just as Luther begins talking about his"deal" with Robaina --a high salary job for his buddy PierreRutledge-- suddenly the video is chopped and edited. What did Luther say abouthis deal that was so incriminating? Why was it cut out?

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