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Here’s the punch line: Comedian running for Miami Beach mayor

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

Entertainer Steve Berke is running for Miami Beach mayor again, at least according to his Facebook page and a Kickstarter campaign.

Berke burst onto the political scene in 2011 with an ultimately failed campaign that included lots of bikini-wearing models and a platform that, at one point, included decriminalizing pot.

But there’s one thing the Yale graduate says he takes seriously: rooting out corruption.

On Monday, Berke launched fundraising through Kickstarter — a website where people can donate to projects of all kinds — to make a movie called Follow the Money, which would be based on the Beach’s political scene and his run for mayor. As of 6 p.m. Monday, he had raised $435 of the $190,000 needed for his cause. The money, he said in a video posted on the site, is just for the movie and not his political campaign.

As of 6:50 p.m., Berke hadn’t filed the official paperwork to run for office, according to Miami Beach’s city clerk. Berke didn’t answer calls for comment.

Current Mayor Mattie Herrera Bower is term-limited from her post, leaving plenty of contenders vying for the open seat. Also running: current Commissioners Jerry Libbin and Michael Góngora, and political newcomer Philip Levine, who owns a successful media company and invests in real estate.

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This story has been updated to clarify that Berke supports decriminalizing marijuana, but not full legalization.

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