Hispanic-Only FIU Mayoral Debate Draws Harsh Criticism

MIAMI (CBS4)-  A Miami-Dade mayoral candidate along with students are expected to protest a campaign forum Wednesday to express their outrage and disapproval of FIU hosting a Spanish-only event.

The debate, held at FIU’s Wertheim Theatre, broadcast by Univision radio and set for rebroadcast by Univision channel 23 television, was open only to candidates Julio Robaina, Marcelo Llorente, Carlos Gimenez and Jose “Pepe” Cancio.

“I was appalled,” said Luther Campbell, a former rap star and African American candidate for mayor.  “The university is having a Cuban-only forum, which is wrong to the students, because the students are from all different races and all different cultures and all the students don’t speak only Spanish.”

In its release announcing the forum, Univision said the “participants were selected based on the amount of funds raised” by their campaigns.  The four top fund-raisers are the only Hispanics in the race.  Cancio – in fourth place in fund raising – is a distant fourth.

A spokesperson for FIU said the school was only providing a location for the debate, and was otherwise not involved.

Campbell called that laughable, given that FIU’s brass put out a notice touting the event.

In an email to students, faculty and staff, Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, an FIU vice-president, wrote, “We encourage you to attend and be part of the political process taking place in our community.  Be involved!”

Roosevelt Bradley, another African American candidate told CBS4 News he was “outraged” that FIU’s president would allow such a “polarizing and divisive event” to be held on the campus of a public, state-run university.  Bradley said “this turns the clock back 50 years” on race and ethnic relations in the community.

Some students said they found the Hispanic-only forum troubling.

We have a large Hispanic community, but this is Miami and we like to celebrate our diversity here,” said student Esra Erdogan.  “I don’t think it’s right to exclude any candidate.”

Beyond denying any “real involvement” in the debate, a spokesperson for FIU declined comment.   The school did not respond to requests by CBS4 News for comment on criticisms raised by Campbell, Bradley and a third African-American candidate, Wilbur Bell.

Univision also declined to address the criticism, beyond saying that the participants were selected by the size of their campaign chests.  The company also said an English language transcript of the debate would be provided after the event was over.

After the forum, CBS4 News spoke with some of the Spanish-speaking candidates.

“Whenever we’re invited, we show up, oftentimes not knowing who else is invited. Whenever  we have an opportunity to communicate to our community, we’re happy to attend,” said Marcelo Llorente, Miami-Dade mayoral candidate.

“Well what I was told is that the criteria wasn’t whether you spoke Spanish or not, it was the four leading fund raisers,” said Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade mayoral candidate.

Other candidates vying for the spot as Miami-Dade mayor include Eddie Lewis, Farid Khavari, Jeffrey Lampert and Gabrielle Redfern.

On Tuesday, the candidates met at a debate.

The debate, sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, featured five of the candidates: Gimenez, Cancio, Bradley, Llorente and Robaina.

Five other candidates were not present: Eddie Lewis, Wilbur “Short Stop” Bell, Farid Khavari, Jeffrey Lampert and Gabrielle Redfern.

Redfern appeared after the debate and complained that said she had not been invited. “I thought this election would be open to all, not a few,” she said.

Chamber president and CEO Barry Johnson told Redfern that “everyone was invited.” The candidate said they were not.

Meanwhile, Campbell, the former frontman for rap group 2 Live Crew, was invited but didn’t show up until the conclusion of the debate. He walked in as candidates prepared to give closing remarks.

Campbell apologized for being late but promptly took aim at the Chamber. “I’m a little disturbed,” Campbell said. “The Chamber says it is about the all the community. But I don’t think it’s been serving all the community, just some parts.”

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More from Gary Nelson

    FIU should apologize to the COMMUNITY, as well as HOLD A FORUM for the OTHER CANDIDATES, which were OVER-LOOKED BY THEM.


    When in Rome, do as Romans do!

    NICE POLICY for FIU to take.

    • Ares

      And this is how they act when they are a minority. Wait til they are the majority.

      • Ree

        Ever read Animal Farm? When those that were oppressed rose to power, they became the worst of all oppressors and likewise more severely oppressed those that oppressed them.

    • Isnrblog

      IT WAS IN SPANISH. DOESN’T THAT EXCLUDE PEOPLEWHO DONT SPEAK SPANISH?? Oh, but an english transcript would be available after the debate.

      The official language of the US is English and here we have a Spanish only event on taxpayer property.

      Blatant Racism on the part of Hispanics and the college. I understand the part about the top fund raisers. That makes sense. But debate in English. Won’t these guys be representing a lot of English speakers if elected?

      Again, if you want to live here, speak english or go home.

      • Joe,NJ

        Unfortunately, the cowards in DC will never pass a law making English the official language of the US of A.

      • Carrrrlos

        Well, let’s try Spanish then!

      • Ursus Indomitus

        No, let’s NOT.

    • Fernando Pena

      Shut your mouth you white trash. Hispanics are taking over Florida and there is NOTHING you can do to stop it. Go back to Europe you Nazi. You whites have oppressed hispanics for 500 years, now we are taking over. Deal with it you white trash.

      • bunky

        Fernando you’re an idiot,
        Hispanic is not a race. It is a construct of our government that is eager to divide us.
        It was the Spanish (white, now called hispanic) that arrived in Mexico and Florida who conquered the indigenous people.
        Look in the mirror, you are cursing yourself dumba&&.

      • KansasGirl

        Why should we “white trash” have to shut our mouths? Also, if and when the South American’s take the majority in America, us “whitey’s” still have a voice.

      • Jay

        Fernando Pena

        What a LOSER you are! You’re better than reading the comics in
        the morning!

        You’re living proof why some people should not be allowed to breed.

      • GreasetheTracks

        All borders are drawn in blood, pig. Why do you suppose you speak European SPANISH ? Come try to shut my mouth , pig

      • Jane D

        Remember Mr. Pena if Jim Crow laws were still on the books, you would not be in Florida. African American and White people died so that you can get your rights.

      • elchucko

        “Hispanics” are a result of Spaniards of European Spain who are white;) and natives of Mexico and Central America. Hence Fernando, you have white, honkey blood running through your veins! ;)

      • Gregory Scott Fournerat

        Fernando, what exactly is a “Hispanic” by your definition? Someone that speaks Spanish? Someone of pure Spanish blood? Someone who is of mixed native Carribean and or Central/South American blood plus “white” Spaniard or Moorish Spaniard decent? If a white Chilean or Venezuelan or Colombian speaks ONLY Spanish, are they Hispanic by your definition? Are you limiting your inclusiveness to race, culture, or national origin (in modern times vs ancient history?) Please answer the question for yourself and any others before you assume that all Hispanics are olive or brown in skin tone. And whikle you are at it, I guess you can give your answer in Taino Indian or The Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, or Olmec languages spoken before “white” man Columbus and Hernan Cortez “invaded.” Oh, I am sorry, you speak Spanish. Nevermind…a white language….nuff said.

      • Archie

        You’ve just proved the point of many here that Hispanics are a pretty racist bunch.

      • Whitey O'Carr

        Fernando, where do you think your culture originally came from? The language and culture of Don Quixote is from Spain, a European country. You are the one who needs to embrace diversity.

      • Bonnie

        Fernando Pena you had better watch your mouth! All Americans have to do is
        call the Mexican invasion what it is! AN ACT OF WAR against the American people.
        And eventually the war you wish for will be on your head!

        If you don’t like whites then go back to your nasty Mexico! Or where ever you
        slithered in from!

    • David Frisch

      Univision has sponsored Democratic debates at the presidential level before. In 2008, the questions were asked in Spanish, and the non-Spanish speakers had their answers translated simultaneously in Spanish, with the English words barely audible to the Univision audience.

      There is nothing new here, except that these bi-lingual candidates can translate their own answers into Spanish, cutting the middleman (translator)

    • Andrey

      Respect of all citizens in the community is and shall be required for our unique and privileged American melting pot. While a wholly hispanic debate is fine for a local neighborhood or community center–not involving actual candidates for office–would be very beneficial; as would a French speaking, or German speaking, or Portugese Speaking—etc. etc. etc. Excluding any group based on race or ethnicity is against our constitution when it comes to a public official or a person who is running for such an office.

      After the local neighborhood or community center has question established, then bring it to an “open” forum with the actual candidate, and if that candidate, sponsors, and reporters agree to any languages, then allow to be broadcast. It may be possible than everyone will not speak that language; translations are widely available in today’s multi-cultural cities such as Miami.

      Living in Hawaii, I see this daily, yet with our government we expect a base language, while respecting other languages simultaneously. I have lived in Miami many years as a child, and do not remember it to be so racially divided–in fact my family, being of German decent lived with primarily Cuban neihbors and schoolmates–and we never had a problem, could it be a broader issue based on ‘social justice’ and the new American ‘socialism’. I think our Miami Cuban friends will have a problem with this.

    • Ken Denbow

      And yet, if it had been a “Blacks Only” forum, that would have been ok.
      Wow, the hypocrisy never ends

      • Jane D

        Mr. Denbow, remember when it was “white Only”, let’s not talk about hypocrisy. Did you know it was white and black people who started the NAACP? Did you know if was not for some “BRAVE WHITE PEOPLE” that civil rights movement might would not have existed. In the congress it took black and white to pass the civil rights act. On Monday PBS commerates the 50th year anniversary of FREEDOM rides to the south. Check it out Mr. Denbow. Please do not omitt “OUR AMERICAN” history. Mr. Pena made a mistake there are some smart people on this blog who knows history and have lived it.

    • Bill

      Obama’s election has opened the flood gates for racism. Instead of inspiring solidarity in some Martin Luther King-esque fashion, minorities have seized upon the opportunity to be the new racists with the old insensitivities.

    • Mike

      It’s no secret that Hispanics today are the most racist people in America since white people in the 1950s.

      This story needs to be read on the house floor of any bill containing amnesty. This groups of illegal immigrants doesn’t want to become American. They want to take America. It’s sickening that the Miami Heat public address announcer speaks Spanish. Sports in Miami have become too politicized.

      • CleanFun

        It’s because these candidates wouldn’t stand a chance holding a debate in English. Plain and simple. They should be deported.

      • Sompopo

        I am very offended by your comment demeaning Guatemalans. I have been married to a Guatermalan for 35 years and she is NOT a SAVAGE. She has more class than you ever hope to have. You need some education because your ignorence really shows. By the way I am Caucasian.

      • Chaz

        CleanFun….you bigot. All of these candidates are American citizens, at least one of them (that I know of) born and raised in the US, and all speak English. Just because you’re too dim-witted to be bilingual doesn’t mean everyone is.

        This info probably won’t change your mind. You are evidence that this recent targeting of “illegals” is nothing more than bigotry and hate. You could care less if they’re American or not….they’re different and that’s what matters to you.

      • Brad

        The first step, after sealing the borders, should be outlawing voting materials or any other government communications from being printed in any language but English.

      • Me

        I agree 1,000,000 %. Hispanics are the most racist group I have ever witnessed, and I have lived in cities all around the USA. I turned on the Heat playoff game the other night to a commercial in Spanish, so I turned it off. Yes, they don’t care about coming here and becoming American, they are trying to take over, I agree.

      • Bonnie

        Notice how the new Latinos are the most arrogant and creepy racists of all.
        The Mexican/Americans of the past were great people.

    • Bonnie

      Chaz the new anchor babies are American citizens that have no business with
      an American birth certificate. Their parents have stolen these birth certificate in my opinion.

      They are Latino enemies and racists with American birth certificates as their shields.
      This is going to come to a head you watch. And it will be the fault of our traitorous leaders!

    • Chet

      It’s very encouraging to see that our up & coming citizens see what’s going on – THERE IS HOPE !!!!!!!!

    • joex51

      the last time I looked In this country the amount of funds you have does not mean you would be a better candidate than anyone else, unless there is some sort of law that states you need to have money to be something in this country? I didn’t think so and By not including every possible candidate they should be sued for discrimination and violating the other candidates civil rights

      • rodriquez

        If funds don’t matter, how did 0’bammy get elected….Mmm, mmm, mmm?

    • glen

      this comes as to no surprise to me. I have been a victim of racism from FIU. I have complained for a year with just being ignored. I have a degree from another university and had asperations to acquire a music degree from FIU. FIU music department refused to give me an audition while I learned of others of hispanic culture was given auditions. the only excuse I was given was that there was not enough “room” for me in their program for the year. after I was told this I learned of other applicants having auditions of the hispanic culture. very evident and clear to me FIU is racist and they get away with it.

  • Me

    Cubans rule Miami. I’ve lived here 8 years now and feel like a total outcast and can’t wait to move back to the United States. Can’t find work, people get mad when I don’t know fluent Spanish, etc. It’s rediculous.

    • Mr Dude

      This happens to me all the time. I am excluded from everything because I don’t speak Spanish.

      • Lee

        Chloe, what does Obama have to do with this? Nothing! Stop being an ignorant radical conservative HATER!

      • Tony

        Gee Lee, you must be a ULTRA LIBERAL LOONY!

      • Chloe

        Welcome to America under obama!

    • V

      Well, apparently you don’t speak English either. Ridiculous is spelled with an “i”, not an “e” (i.e., it’s ridiculous, not “rediculous”).

      • Captain Incredulous

        Must have been a Spanish speaker spelling the word phonetically…..like rAy-dic-u-lous…..LOL!!! Hmmmmm…..Why do I keep hearing Sofia Vergara repeating that word over and over again in my mind……..I guess there’s worse things….

      • afda

        apparently you aren;t smart enough to understand the difference between speach and writing you idiot.

    • Scudbuster

      Was like that in the 80’s too.
      Last one out take the flag.

    • Matador

      You see! Is the new Anglo-Saxons that have a problem with todays Miami. The ones that were born and raised here love it!

    • Ree

      Actually the problem started with the wet foot, dry foot policy and it’s a reality due to the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act. That can be attributed to William Jefferson Clinton along with the loss and segregation of So Florida to arrogant minorities.

    • Cubanfreedomfighter41

      Cubans do rule in Miami, but not because of Obama, we abhor this excuse for a president. While I am sick and tired of the left wing “inclusion” non-sense this is where common sense needs to prevail and hold this event in English. If you don’t understand it learn it learn it. This is America, if Univision wants to broadcast it, it can do it with interpreters or “closed captioned”. I am .American first Cuban second and proud of it.

      • Proud of In-laws

        My in-laws are from Ukraine. They are American first and American second and proud of it. They came here to be Americans and hold no loyalty to any other country.

    • lwlfnm

      Get used to it. Caucasians soon will be a minority in this country. But look at the bright sight- we can demand affirmative action for us.

      • soren

        Chill out… “Caucasians” or at least self identified “whites” will never be a minority this century… if you count Hispanic whites…

        Seriously, watch the spanish channels and it’s like the KKK is doing the casting.

        And there is no real threat of the Spanish language ever dominating over the English language…

      • Thomas

        if you think racists hispanics would ever extend affirmative action to Whites, then you haven’t been paying attention.

      • CommonCents

        Like so many who have been duped by the Media, you don’t understand what the word ‘Hispanic’ really means. The Media wants to imply ‘mestizo’… dark skinned.

        The fact is, Hispanic is a LANGUAGE group… i.e. Spanish speaking, that’s it.

        Don’t believe me? Watch Univision or Telemundo: it’s mostly WHITE Spaniards.

        So the Media and Obama use the phrase to incite racism and division.

      • Personal Responsibility

        Never happen. Caucasians could outnumber hispanics 2-1 and they’d still demand affirmative action and specialized treatment for them. The victim mentality is woven too deeply into them. They’ll never give it up, regardless of demographics. Kind of like how Obama still plays the “fight the power” card even though he is the President.

      • Eddie

        Good one lwlfnm. I’m of Hispanic-Anglo descent but am proud to be an American first and speak English, first, to all (until or unless THEY ASK ME if I speak Spanish). These are the United States of America, sadly, the poltical correctness of slimy liberals has torn away at the fabric of our great nation and now we face problems such as the one in Miami. We neeed reclaim our culture no matter who comes to our land. America first and if you don’t think so go back to whence you came from …..Also, it’s funny how all these people come and reap the benefits of our great nation but (still) swear allegiance to their Third World countries….Idiots

      • MIRTED

        Good luck getting it. Libs will be reaping what they have sowed. California will fall prey to the same thing as Hispanics out breed other races and gain more political power. It’s an oft told lie that Hispanics are conservative, but whether they are, or not, look to their culture in Mexico for where their political rule will take the states and country. It’s no longer e pluribus unum, but “out of many, many”.

    • observerfromupnorth

      You SO right. I believe the university should contact cuba for their funding and all US students regardless of race should protest this University, I would never indulge any business or public office than did not hold to US standards and that is to speak english only. Florida is not a foreign country it is the US. I have spoken to many US Cuban business men/women who are appalled at their their own country men who are ruining this great state with their racist attitudes and filthy ways and loud mouths and illegal activity this includes the police not all police but the ones that know they can get away with it by picking on people they can intimidate. I can go on and on but it is a sad reality.



      • Walter

        Suggest taxpayers vote on renaming it Florida-Cuban University and get the funding from Cubans only. Sounds like a plan. Then whites, blacks, Asians would separate themselves from this racist institution. Glad I graduated from an American University.


        Yes, FUNDS for FIU should come from CUBA.

        I have no respect for FIU, now, and I am an Alumni,

        Have a FORUM for NON-HISPANICS NOW!

  • Indhy

    I’m an FIU student and I’m ashamed and disgusted by their biased stand on this… I don’t even like any of the Cuban Mafia candidates… My vote is for Uncle Luke!

    • Janet

      Me too!!!! VOTE FOR LUTHER!!!!!!!!!!!! The people running FIU is disgusting and one sided.. that side would be CUBANS ONLY. I know this personally because a member of my family was denied entrance to this school. They threw up every roadblock to deny my English speaking American daughter from attending this school. Miami has become a disgrace to native Miamians.

      • Glen


        this comes as to no surprise to me. I have been a victim of racism from FIU. I have complained for a year with just being ignored. I have a degree from another university and had asperations to acquire a music degree from FIU. FIU music department refused to give me an audition while I learned of others of hispanic culture was given auditions. the only excuse I was given was that there was not enough “room” for me in their program for the year. after I was told this I learned of other applicants having auditions of the hispanic culture. very evident and clear to me FIU is racist and they get away with it.

  • Jane Doe

    As a person who is an immigrant and speaks 4 languages besides English I am totally disguited. If this is a way to keep blacks out then it is also racist.

    • bob

      Jane, this is a way to keep out all English speaking native Americans! I applaud you for seeing this for what it really is.

    • Craig Vale

      You may speak four but you don’t spell four well. Ha!

  • Mr Dude

    Bill Burns, why don’t you tell everyone how you really feel? ;)

  • Grovelocal

    Linguistic discrimination is a part of everyday life in Miami. If you don’t speak Spanish you know what in talking about.

  • Judy

    The fact a debate was able to happen at a state university in the United States of America, where English is the official language, is unbelievable!
    This is the reason no one knows what the hell is going on in this crazy, corrupt city.. no one can or will speak the same language!

    • 2-late-2-matter

      So, although Spanish subtitles are an option on the TV, now there will be NO English subtitling during the broadcast? Are we already in Cuba or Mexico???

    • Cesar M. Gonzalez

      JUDY……You are CORRECT in all that you say, except when you say that English is the OFFICIAL language of the United States…..The U.S.A. has NO official language, and NEVER had one……But yes, people should learn English…..In Miami, that is a next to impossible task…..I am blessed that I left Cuba in 1962 at the age of eight, and that NO ONE in Los Angeles, California spoke Spanish in that year…..There was no such thing as an ESL ( English as a second language ) school, and YOU HAD TO learn English…..BUT ! Here in Miami BIG corporations such as PUBLIX and CHASE BANK are spending millions to attract and to legitimize SPANISH ONLY as a language…..Publix is spending BIG BUCKS changing the name of many stores to Publix SABOR, ( FLAVOR in Spanish ) How do you like that ???? I am Cuban-born and I found it RIDICULOUS……..MONEY TALKS JUDY ! ! And Chase Bank has a big sign on their bank windows which reads in Spanish : IF SPANISH IS YOUR LANGUAGE, CHASE IS YOUR BANK ! ! !
      SO THERE YOU HAVE IT……Just like with the ILLEGAL ALIEN MESS, whatever makes money ( $ $ $ ) in our GREAT nation IS WHAT GOES ! PLAIN AND SIMPLE…..IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BUCKS……

      • isnrblog

        Mister Mister burned you, Gonzalez. Speak english or go back to Cuba, Mexico anywhere but here.

      • MisterMister


        SECTION 9. English is the official language of Florida.
        (a) English is the official language of the State of Florida.
        (b) The legislature shall have the power to enforce this section by appropriate legislation.History.

        —Proposed by Initiative Petition filed with the Secretary of State August 8, 1988; adopted 1988.

  • Mari Lancis Rudd

    As a Cuban I am embarrassed and ashamed that this happened at FIU. This is an open contest, non-partisan, and should be treated as such. All candidates are supposed to be fluent in English, why not a debate in English for all? Shame on all that were involved in this.

  • UMike

    Wow, BIG SURPRISE! Everyday I’m treated like a second-class citizen in the COUNTRY IN WHICH I WAS BORN, by rude, nasty, Spanish-only speaking people. I went to Publix the other day, and the entire transaction was done in Spanish…when I tried to explain to the rude cashier that I do not speak fluent Spanish, she smirked at me….WELCOME TO SOUTH AMERICA, FOLKS.
    And, the majority of these people disrespect MY COUNTRY’S TRADITIONS and my country in general…it’s totally deplorable! However, say anything about it, and right away they pull out the “racist” card….!!
    I can’t wait to get the h*ll out of this city and move back to the USA…this ONLY HAPPENS IN MIAMI…..and, it’s going to get worse…the majority of the Latin people are disrespectful morons……..they don’t have to speak Engiish to survive in Miami….they have stations like Univision, etc. where all their Latin-only cultures remain intact, while they continue to disprect this country and its traditions and culture…..anything “American” is long gone from Miami.

    • Cesar M. Gonzalez

      Not ALL Latins are the same…..My children were born in California and they are GREATLY OFFENDED when Spanish is spoken to them without anyone asking if they even speak it….Especially our youngest daughter who speaks no Spanish, and sometimes gets GLARES from the dark-skinned NATIVES of South and Central Americans who marvel at our white fair-skinned Spanish-blooded children…..So you see Mike, BIGOTRY even exists among one HISPANIC to the next, even though there is no such thing as a HISPANIC in the real sense….
      People of dark Central American skin, are NOT FOND of WHITE CUBANS and VICE VERSA……That is yet another mess ! ! !
      AND…….Now you have PUBLIX SUPERMARKETS changing the name of some of its stores to PUBLIX SABOR ! ! ! IT’S ALL FOR THE LOVE OF $ $ $ $

      • 2-late=2-matter

        @Cesar & @ UMike:

        Here in AZ the Spanish-speaking food store of choice is Food City, not Publix Sabor. So far.

        Perhaps tomorrow it will become Ciudad de Comida (?)

      • chrissmith

        I also agree with you, Cesar M. Gonzalez. My sister-in-law, who is Hispanic, asked two male Hispanics the other day to please move their car as it was blocking hers. One said to her, “Ask me in Spanish” and wouldn’t move it until she did. She is a 3rd generation American and barely speaks Spanish. For some reason, he felt that because she looked Hispanic, she was disrespecting him by not speaking Spanish. This occurred in Los Angeles where Spanish is the de facto official language.


        Cesar, YOU ARE very CORRECT!!!

      • Jane Doe

        I agree with you. It is nice to read your posts.

      • Scorp

        Cesar M Gonzalez get over yourself, marveled at your white Cuban kids really? there are plenty of white south Americans, do black and mulatto Cuban also marvel at your kids whiteness? there is more of a chance that your blood lines has black in it than south Americans especially if you’re Cuban, Cuba has millions of blacks and mulattoes, how come you don’t talk about that? That’s why even the so called white Cubans that you see have them big ol buts and thighs, were do you think they got those things. Please stop acting as if white Cubans are so pure, Germans you are not.

  • Randy

    Not to sound racist but who gave permission to change the name of Our race?We chose White being so spread so far and wide.I refuse to be a Non-person.

  • yeminmoshe

    This is extremely wrong. We are in America and the (main) spoken language is
    English, wether you want it or not. Enough repeating that the cubans built Miami. We all know this is not truth. Proceeds from drugs did!
    Don’t let the bad examples of Miriam Alonso (who once said no anglo could touch her) and Natasha Seijas rule your life. Those were extremely arrogant people that met their expected fate.

  • Marco Cruz

    Lengthy response did not post –

    Bottom line is let’s host a few honest forums where candidates of questionable character are not allowed – we will use their indicator as disqualifying – they who raised the most money are not allowed due to suspension of why they received the money –

    Folks the power is in your hands to make these bribes turn into big losses – if you vote anyone of the bribe takers you have lost

  • Marco Cruz

    IAnyone that is taken bribes before an election is up to no good – Make the corrupt special interest bribers lose their investment – Don’t vote for bribes –

    And most hosting forums without dishonest candidates can help vlean up the halls of the county

  • Marco Cruz

    Marcelo Llorente has been guiding our state for 10 years,
    Look around how did he do?
    No guessing needed here, look at his results.

    Carlos Gimenez has been a commissioner for 7 years
    He was the City Manager before that.
    Look around how has he been doing?
    No guessing needed here, look at his results.

    Julio A. Robaina for those that have been in isolation since 2005
    Take a look at Hialeah. This joker has ran the city into the ground.
    No guessing here, look at his results.

    The big bribe gang
    MD Triplets
    Mediocre triads for the choosing
    hyper tridimensional campaign
    Cuban Triangle of Miami
    Trouble in Triplicate
    trilogy of dispair
    Status Quo Trio
    Miami Thrice
    menage a trois

    The beauty of the Khavari plan is that it allows people to have more disposable income, own their home in a much shorter amount of time, to be able to live in that home without property taxes or high energy costs, to be able to acquire personal financial security, to experience an overall reduction in the cost of living, have a secured job, have more family time and to retire at an earlier age.

  • Recallmaster

    That is the reason I love Miami, it is so close to the United States. Go Luke!

  • Phil Landers

    What have I been saying all along? Huh? WHAT HAVE I BEEN SAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • soren

    I’m opposed to this debate(but don’t fault any of the candidates for agreeing to show up), but I think it’s hilarious that the guy complaining was late for the last debate.

  • Roger Sunderlin

    soon it will be press 2 for english

    • Joe

      Here in Miami you press 3…number 2 is for Creole.

  • Denan Prince

    FIU and Univision are representative of the new institutional bigots. They are monied, elitist and racist. And our PC-whipped society allows them to get away with it.

    Welcome to the future of America.

  • Marco Cruz

    No candidate – Other than Khavari has said anything about stopping unlawful abusive foreclosure process in the county.

  • Rowdy Boots









    • Jane D

      Rowdy Boots now you know what me and my family felt growing up in the segrated south. It is not a good feeling is it Rowdy Boots. Ebony Magazine and the NAACP was created back in those days just because of the ingnorance in beginning of the NEW America. Don’t forget Uncle Sam “took” our tax dollars too. Let’s not forget that a lot a Blacks, Native American and Latin American die fighting for the freedom of this country that you enjoys. This no racism these are the facts.

  • Rob Johnson

    I find it interesting that they openly admit they are not racist but that only money talks. IF you got lots money- WELCOME! Shoo poor people shoo! lol

    They seriously, think that is a good defence for their little racist convention?

  • V

    Incorrect; the United States has no official language. Look it up!

    • Gotero

      What do you expect from a Government School education.

    • Mister


      SECTION 9. English is the official language of Florida.
      (a) English is the official language of the State of Florida.
      (b) The legislature shall have the power to enforce this section by appropriate legislation.History.

      —Proposed by Initiative Petition filed with the Secretary of State August 8, 1988; adopted 1988.

  • Lilith

    I live in Virginia. You got Cubans……we got Mexicans. Our school system is Western Va. will soon be more Hispanic than white. It already is in certain localities of the state.

    • Joe

      Yeah, but Cubans are one of the most succesfull immigrants that came to this country…more than you rednecks.

      • observerfromupnorth

        I happen to believe that the Jewish immigrants of this country are not only the most productive, but honest, straight forward Americans we have.

  • Matador

    I’m Hispanic and can not believe FIU left uncle Luke out!!! I was right when I decided to pay more and go to the University of Miami instead of FIU Community College!

    FIU = For Idiots and Uneducated….Few “Ingles” Understood!

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