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Police drop by Miami Beach campaign event

@cveiga

Miami Beach Commission candidates Matti Herrera Bower and Steve Berke say they were not welcomed at an opponent’s campaign event Tuesday night. 

In fact, they say police were called, and asked the candidates to leave. 

Bower is currently the city’s mayor but is term-limited and so is running for a commission seat. Berke is an entertainer who’s the subject of an MTV show about his run for mayor. 

Both say they were standing on the sidewalk outside of the convention center and handing out fliers. Meanwhile, busloads of Hispanic seniors were arriving for an event paid for by mayoral candidate Philip Levine’s campaign. 

A police spokesman said cops happened to be in the area and were flagged down by someone who said there was a protest outside the convention center. 

"They responded and noticed no disturbance. They went back in service and left," Sgt. Bobby Hernandez wrote in an email 

Despite the incident, Levine wrote in an email that the event "was a huge success."

--CHRISTINA VEIGA

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