Richard Dunn II Jumps in Bed With Marc Sarnoff

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke gets the scoop on Rev. Richard Dunn II's biggest supporter.

Just when I was about to give Rev. Richard Dunn II the benefit of the doubt, he proves he can't be trusted to sit on the Miami City Commission and represent the African-Americans in his district. Now that he's the frontrunner to replace incumbent Michelle Spence-Jones, who isn't allowed to run again, Dunn is cutting backroom deals with Marc Sarnoff, the city commissioner who has no respect for Miami's black community.

Last week, Sarnoff hosted a private fundraiser for Dunn at the downtown law office of Solowsky Allen, where the Coconut Grove politician works. I'd rather see Dunn take money from the Devil.

Two years ago, Sarnoff publicly defended Miami Police officers who fatally shot seven African-American men during an eight-month period. On February 11, 2011, Sarnoff appeared on WPBT2's Issues and claimed the cops were justified in firing their guns. He told host Helen Ferre that police officers have reason to be "nervous" when they pull people over in "certain neighborhoods."

He said he understood why a cop would shoot someone who ducked down in a car. Eight months later, Sarnoff was one of only two commissioners who voted against firing Chief Miguel Exposito, the man responsible for the police department's "shoot first, ask questions later" policy.

Dunn loves taking credit for initiating the U.S. Justice Department investigation into the police department that recently concluded Miami cops have engaged in a pattern of excessive use of force in officer-involved shootings. Yet Dunn has no qualms letting Sarnoff, who insisted the shootings were justified, raise campaign cash for him. What a hypocrite.

The reverend, who served as city commissioner during the two years Spence-Jones was suspended from office, insists he's now getting support from the same city hall insiders who gave campaign donations to her. He specifically pointed out Jay Solowsky, one of the partners of the law firm employing Sarnoff, as a major Spence-Jones contributor. "If they were good enough for her," he says, "they are good enough for me."

That's bull, because Sarnoff would never break bread with Spence-Jones. Sarnoff knows he can't control her. In fact, he failed to stop her from securing $50 million for an Overtown redevelopment project earlier this year. And that is why Sarnoff is supporting Dunn. He is telling all of his buddies to give money to Dunn because the good reverend will do whatever he says.

The fix is in.

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avoidcorruption
avoidcorruption

Spence-Jones has a deal with 29 year old Keon.  Ick.

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

Luke this whole city/state is corrupt.  I'm surprised at how brazen it is. Look at all the politicians, from mayors to city councilpersons, who've been nabbed for corruption.  Police included. The whole damn city is on the take.  Believe me if Dunn feels like he's gonna come in a play the devils game and not be touched by the Feds he's fooling himself.

This is a Caribbean Country....that's happens to border the US...sort of like Mexico

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

I know enough about Malone to know that all the other candidates and the sitting city commission is terrified he'll get elected as he doesn't owe anybody any favors.

DownWithDunn
DownWithDunn

Dunn is a CRIMINAL!!!!    It's amazing that people look past his history of theft, he was kicked out of one church for it and busted again 9 years later for theft. 


On top of being a criminal, he's filed for personal bankruptcy TWICE and is having major problems again.   How is this someone we can trust with our MILLIONS in taxpayer $$


Wake up and grow up Miami, this is too serious to leave in the hands of a repeat, irresponsible criminal.


I don't know a lot about Robert Malone, but he can't be any worse than Dunn (or Spence Jones for that matter).

cclark21
cclark21

There is only one candidate in this race you can trust and that's Jacqui Colyer.  Everyone else has their own motives, Jacqui is like Spence-Jones, she is a woman of the community.

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