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Libertarian-leaning Comedian Runs for Mayor of Miami Beach

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Steve Berke

For most politicians, getting caught on camera downing shots of vodka and smoking weed while surrounded by scantily clad models would destroy their election hopes. For comedian Steve Berke, that's his campaign strategy to become mayor of Miami Beach, Fla.

Running as a member of what he calls the "After Party," he hopes to oust two-term incumbent Matti Herrera Bower, a Democrat who boasts the support of local firefighter and police unions. But Berke's campaign is no joke. He's been slinging mud as only a true politician can, and he even garnered the attention of The New York Times:

With the nonpartisan election on Tuesday, the mayor, Mr. Berke and two other candidates are hitting neighborhood meetings, mailing fliers and appealing to the paltry, mostly Hispanic, mostly older 7,000 or so voters who usually turn out for an off-year election. With so few votes at stake in a four-way race, an influx of new voters — gays, clubgoers, marijuana boosters — could easily skew the outcome or at least force a runoff.

The Times is also impressed by Berke's "pedigree"—he graduated from Yale with a promising tennis career cut short by injury. 

Berke's platform is largely libertarian-friendly (though his campaign website never explicitly identifies him as such), including limited measures to decriminalize marijuana, lowering property taxes, eliminating government corruption, reforming police and firefighter pension schemes, and allowing night clubs to stay open until 5 a.m.

Berke's campaign website is here.

Reason on local government here.

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  1. Has he cleared this with Dave Barry?

    1. Maybe he could run as a Pants Down Republican. http://www.denisboyles.com/ima…..licans.jpg

  2. What, no comments on the Cain profile? First you won’t kill ban the Queen of Trolldom and now THIS?!

    There would have been blood.

    1. Cool, there just isn’t any link to comments on the home page! Better get that whiskey ready!

  3. why the quote marks around the word pedigree? Isn’t Yale admission based on ancestry, bloodlines and hereditary right?

  4. Holy shit, he was a really good tennis player. Going pro only to have an injury sideline you must suck royally.

  5. NYT article sez:

    The fact that Roger J. Stone Jr., the outr? veteran Republican political consultant, volunteered to advise Mr. Berke at no cost also lends heft and credibility to the enterprise.

    Roger Stone explains a lot. I thought I could smell impending wackiness. But the important thing is, Steve Berke is kinda hot, kinda libertarian, and probably kinda funny. I’d hit it.

    1. Those are your only requirements? What about 2 out of three, only not “kinda”, but “really”?

      1. How about one out of three, but “exceptionally?”

        Aw, who am I kidding? I’m also funny as fuck and libertarian to boot. Too bad you’re **shudder**. Canuckian.

  6. If I was not broke, I would totally support this campaign. Any candidate who has a page of models that have supported or worked on the campaign is cool by me . . . as is his platform of “logic, honesty, and transparency”.

    1. He should put some male models, too. It’s not like he’ll have trouble in Miami Beach.

  7. Has it really gotten to this point, people? Are we now to the point of supporting a candidate whose entire campaign consists of mocking our current legislative process, boozing it up and partying for shock value? Whose platform is to basically let people do whatever they want, shy of harming others?

    I, for one, certainly hope so.

  8. Why only 5 am?

    1. Because that’s when they’re allowed to open.

      Actually I have no idea. WTF

      1. No, it’s for the safety of the club-goers hitting the streets.
        You see, that’s right about the time the blue hairs are having their morning coffee and are planning where they are going to have breakfast, whether it be IHOP, Denny’s, Sizzler or even Cracker Barrell. Since those places typically cater to the bluehair set starting at 6, this gives the partiers a chance to drunkenly drive home safely before the gray menace hits the streets in their Park Avenues, Towne Cars, and Sevilles, setting off a blood orgy in the greater Broward County area.

        1. the gray menace hits the streets in their Park Avenues, Towne Cars, and Sevilles, setting off a blood orgy in the greater Broward County area.

          So what is the downside?

        2. I always called them the Grey Angels, due to their ability to drive in a tight formation at 25mph across 3 lanes of traffic. Their discipline is perfect and there is never a gap left open for the poor bastard who might want to pass them.

  9. Yale?

    No. Disqualified.

    1. I am pretty annoyed that the NYT’s criteria for who’s a serious candidate appears so shallow.

      “OH, he’s a Yalie? then he’s all right with us!”

  10. Not with those shortpants.

  11. “Libertarian leaning” is such a pathetic phrase. You mother fuckers always think something is going to put you on the map.

  12. “after party”

    Weak. How about “afterbirth”, bitch?

    My non party has the much-better name of “Party Hearty”

  13. This has already been done, successfully:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J?n_Gnarr

  14. There’s a libertarian-leaning comedian running for presient too. You should hear his latest set about balancing the budget in three years.

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