Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, formerly of raunchy rap group 2 Live Crew, known for such heartwarming songs as "Me So Horny" and "Face Down, Ass Up," is planning to run for Mayor of Miami. He's looking towards a March 15 vote to recall current mayor Carlos Alvarez, and told the Miami New Times, where he's a sometime columnist, that he's "mad frustrated." "Why aren't we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our governor only serving one set of people? That's what is pushing me to run," he said.
Campbell's platform includes the usual planks of balancing the budget, affordable housing, and not raising taxes, and he's frustrated with the endless construction at Miami International Airport. But what may set him apart from other candidates is his plan to tax exotic dancers:
"Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers. They make all this money and don't pay taxes. I'd take that cash and put it into a fund where it supports youth athletics for girls, like cheerleading or softball," he told the paper.
The fifty-year-old Campbell joins other rappers who've recently pursued political aspirations — Wyclef Jean attempted to run for president of Haiti last year, and Rhymefest announced his candidacy for Chicago's 20th ward alderman in October. Uncle Luke stated his intention to run a grassroots campaign modeled after President Obama's 2008 presidential bid targeting voters who are registered but apathetic. "It will be just like music marketing," he explained. "Fun. We will be having campaign parties before the election to get people motivated, get them behind something historical." Campaign parties? Unlike the old days, I don't think you'll see many strippers this time.