Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell has come a long way since being arrested for uttering provocative lyrics at a concert over 25 years ago as a member of 2 Live Crew, a Miami-based rap group.
Campbell, once known by his stage name Luke Skyywalker, is now a fixture in Liberty City through his work with youth football programs, the defensive coordinator at Miami Jackson High School and a former candidate for Miami-Dade mayor.
He announced his support for former Miami Beach commissioner Michael Góngora last week in the District 38 state Senate race and cautioned against voting for state Rep. Daphne Campbell.
"In the crowded field to replace retiring state Sen. Gwen Margolis — forced out after making dumb comments about Haitians coming after her seat — the most recognizable names are state Rep. Daphne Campbell and former Miami Beach commissioner Michael Góngora," Campbell said on his blog last week. "I've seen signs for Campbell all over northeast Miami-Dade County, but I never heard of her until a quick Google search revealed a trail of news stories documenting fraudulent schemes she and her family members have been involved in since she got into office. So I’m going with Góngora, who hasn’t been rocked by scandal and who has been reaching out to black voters."
Campbell endorsed U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson over primary challenger and ex-Miami football star Randall Hill in the District 24 U.S. House race, notable because Campbell is a longtime supporter of the University of Miami football program. He also endorsed challenger Steve Gallon over incumbent Wilbert "Tee" Holloway in the District 1 school board race and incumbent Oliver Gilbert in the Miami Gardens mayoral election.