A lot of news sources will make sad trombone sounds over Luther Campbell failing to become Mayor of Miami-Dade County yesterday following the area’s recall election, but that’s a pretty kneejerk response. Here’s a guy who first made his name posing between the legs of women and rapping on tracks like “We Want Some P—y” and “The F— Shop” with Tipper Gore‘s least favorite rap group, 2 Live Crew. He continued to share thoughts like “We Want Head” and “Head, Head And More Head” on albums through the 2000′s while dabbling in porn production. Though his Vh1 reality show Luke’s Parental Advisory highlighted the “family man” side of his life, it’s still amazing to think that 11% of the voters in the county—20,652 people—-not only felt that Luke should be the Mayor of Miami, but bothered to express that opinion in the voting booth. Then again, California wound up with Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor when they had a recall election.
“We started off as a joke; I feel like right now people take us seriously,” said Campbell in his concession speech. “And I’d like to say we did it in 45 days with less than $10,000, all volunteers, 100 percent. We had fundraisers where we would raise $50 and fundraisers where we would raise $500 and that was more important than taking any special interest money. I mean, we could have easily taken hundreds of thousands of dollars but we didn’t do that because we wanted to stay true to the people, and that’s what it’s all about: staying true to the people.” Campbell said he’d consider running again in the 2012 election, though he’d be wise to drop his controversial “stripper tax” plan (we’re not kidding)—dude’s alienating a large part of his voting base with that.