Richard Dunn II Can Never Replace Michelle Spence-Jones

Categories: Luke's Gospel

Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the fight for District Five in the City of Miami.

Rev. Richard Dunn II and all of Michelle Spence-Jones' haters think they got the last laugh on her. They're wrong. Last week, a Florida District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that Miami's only African American city commissioner is barred by the city's charter from seeking a third consecutive term.

She had appealed a lower court's decision siding with Dunn, who sued the city and Spence-Jones claiming that an opinion from the city attorney that the commissioner could run again because she didn't serve two full terms was flawed and unconstitutional.

Now Dunn is celebrating a hollow victory. He may have finally beaten Spence-Jones, but the real loser is Miami's black community. She's been the real deal, getting things done in her district. Following her return to office in August 2011 after she beat two bogus criminal cases against her, Spence-Jones secured $50 million in city redevelopment funds for Overtown. Recently she successfully blocked a plan by the Florida Department of Transportation to take over historic streets in Overtown, citing the agency's long history of screwing African-Americans in that part of Miami.

Any time a black city commissioner gets results, they become a target. The same thing happened to her predecessor Arthur Teele, the late city commissioner who paid the ultimate price for protecting his district; taking his own life because of relentless politically motivated prosecutions.

Her enemies couldn't put her in prison, so they got Dunn -- who has never beaten Spence-Jones at the polls -- to file his bogus lawsuit. Coincidentally, the judge who ruled in Dunn's favor was an assistant state attorney who investigated Spence-Jones, a fact he failed to disclose when he made his decision to disenfranchise the voters who elected her.

But Spence-Jones is a strong-willed person who's found clarity. And she's far from beaten. I spoke to her following her court loss. She feels at peace with the decision. Now she can focus on raising her two sons, do what she wants to accomplish in her professional life, and still serve the community from behind the scenes.

And Dunn's not guaranteed a win in November. The qualifying dates are in September. Spence-Jones can be far more dangerous playing the role of queen maker.

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Luther Campbell= Racist as hell. Seriously, this guy is like the African-American version of Rush Limbaugh...get out of here. Teele and Jones are both crooks. 

frankd4 topcommenter

all this sturm und drang and you would think these people actually accomplished a major victory or had a positive effect on their constituency - same thing if you listen to the school commissioners you would think the whole class was harvard bound

so what ? $50,ooo,ooo secured to do what in OVERTOWN that won't be torn-up and trashed within years = go to ANY BLACK PROJECT in america and show me otherwise

until BLACK communities value education and keep family intact as much and avoid DRUGs and keep their neighborhoods CLEAN, as the hispanics and asians seem to do, even fredrick douglass can be reincarnated as a BLACK leader and it will do nothing

even something as SIMPLE as getting their people to be mindful of their weight and diet and nutrition would save MILLIONs in health care costs subsidized by the government

Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Big deal.

One tax and spend, Racist is replaced by another tax and spend racist.  You reap what you sow.

frankd4 topcommenter

......................of course it's always someone elses fault these TITANs were held down and unable to produce results for their own people

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