Bill Clinton Just Endorsed Philip Levine for Miami Beach Mayor

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Bill Clinton
There's still tons of people who actually live in Miami Beach who have no idea who they're going to vote for in the November 5th election for Miami Beach's next mayor, but apparently ex-President Bill Clinton has made up his mind already. Clinton turns out is buddy-buddy with multi-millionaire candidate Philip Levin and flew in today to officially endorse his pal for the post.

"I think this is an important election. I would be for Philip if we weren't friends, because he puts a premium on cooperation across party lines. America is being damaged by conflict, and we need people who will show up for work everyday. Philip will show up to work and get things done," said President Clinton at a lunch in today, according to the campaign.

Naked Politicspoints out that the line about "cooperation across party lines" might be a way to fend off criticism of Levine's primary donation to Tea Party hero Marco Rubio in heavily Democratic Miami Beach. (Levine says he was just supporting a hometown guy, but, of course, Miami-born Kendrick Meek was running as the Democrat in that race ...and Meek got Clinton's endorsement too, by the way.)

To be fair, most of Levine's other campaign donations go to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton's primary campaign back in 2008.

"To say that I am honored to receive President Clinton's endorsement of my candidacy is an understatement," said Levine in a statement. "The correct adjectives are difficult to express, but this is a serious matter and I intend to be a Mayor that the residents will be proud of, as well as my friend President Clinton."

It's rare that local politics in Miami Beach get attention from national figures. To put it in perspective, the biggest endorsements Levine's main competitor, Michael Gongora, has received are from Norman Braman and the Miami Herald.

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steveberke
steveberke

What business does President Clinton have endorsing anyone in a local election?  Has he spoken to all the candidates?  Does he have a good grasp of the local issues?  He flies in to endorse his buddy Phil Levine, because Levine has raised millions of dollars for the Clintons. This is just another example of Levine buying influence.  Levine has done nothing for Miami Beach, hasn't even voted, and is throwing around his millions trying to convince people that he cares about our community. Like Philip Levine, President Clinton is a liar.  He lied about smoking weed, he lied about getting a blowjob from Lewinsky, and now he's endorsing another fellow liar.  It's the liar's club.  Unlike Levine, who bought President Clinton's endorsement, I received Richard Branson's endorsement of the SkyLink on it's merit, not by writing him a big check.  

melwilson
melwilson

@steveberke  

As much as I like you Steve and think you have a bright future in politics, I think you missed the boat this year.  You should have run for a commission seat instead of mayor.  Sometimes you need to start small and build big.  You knew it was going to be tough with all these others (Libbin, Gongora, Levine) running.  You should have taken a page from Dave Crystal's playbook.  Miami Beach needs good, young guys like both of you with fresh ideas.  Unfortunately, you're not going to win.  You had a better shot if you tried for commissioner.  Your SkyLink idea is one of the best ideas to come out of this campaign.  Win or lose, please run again (for commission) and make City Hall pay attention to this idea.  We need a serious plan for mass transit, and no one else to date has offered one.

melwilson
melwilson

@steveberke  

Then, when you do win and actually get on the commission, help other young people similarly inclined toward public service to get elected.  That way, you've got a coalition of like-minded people on your side to shake things up in this city.  And THEN run for mayor.  You'll have experience, name recognition, and public support on your side.  That's how Matti Bower and others did it.  I don't care for Matti, it's time for her to go.  But she had the smarts to start as a community activist, then became a commissioner before running for mayor.  It's a recipe for success that merits your consideration.

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