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Retired boxer Jameel McCline seeks Alcee Hastings’ seat in U.S. Congress

 
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Retired heavyweight boxer Jameel “Big Time” McCline threw his headgear into the ring of politics and announced he’s running for U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings’ seat in the 20th Congressional District.

Like Hastings, McCline’s a Democrat — and they’ll face off Aug. 26 in a district that stretches from Broward to Palm Beach County.

And like Hastings, McCline has trouble in his past — but the challenger’s skeletons in the closet are the size of Mike Tyson.

“I served five years in prison for running guns,” McCline says. “I was a gun-runner in college.”

Hastings?

In the 1980s, Hastings was a federal judge in Miami when he was charged with taking bribes. While a jury cleared him, the U.S. Senate in 1989 stripped him of his judgeship. Hastings then ran for Congress and has been a House fixture since.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound McCline, 43, was known to hit harder than most, even if his four championship bouts in the mid-2000s ended in losses.

But as a rookie politician who has never run for office, he says he’ll focus on the positive and pull punches if he has to.

“This campaign doesn’t need to be like a match,” he says. “I’ll focus on my message, which is education, employment and empowerment.

McCline quit college when he checked into a New York state prison at 18.

“I’m self-taught,” says McCline, who lives in Delray Beach. “Both as a boxer and a man.”

McCline is the single father of a college-bound daughter, and he says he’s using some of his $15 million career earnings to run for office.

“I put in $150,000 of my savings, and I’m hoping to raise another $350,000,” McCline says.

On his platform: strict universal background checks for gun owners and automatic voting rights for convicts off probation.

X-rated race

Virginia Key Beach Park near Miami is set to host the first X-Run May 31.

Say what?

Think porn convention meets mud run. Here is what organizers promise: an adult-themed, five-kilometer course for 4,800 participants with 14 obstacles bearing names like G-string crawl, dominatrix dungeon and honey slide. (Use your imagination!)

There will be porn stars both to run and cheer, and the race is hosted by Ash Armand, one of the real-life male hookers on the Showtime reality program Gigolos.

Runners will receive a T-shirt and a beer, and a medal in the shape of a condom wrapper.

The good thing? Some of the proceeds are headed to a charity that fights female genital mutilation.

Bieber update

Former Disney actress and singer Selena Gomez is expected to be subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a Miami lawsuit against her on-again, off-again BF Justin Bieber — but Gossip Extra was told her attorneys are negotiating to hold the proceedings secret.

A source close to the case tells me they’re worried that Gomez would look as silly as Bieber did in his deposition last month, and they want the plaintiff, a Miami Beach photographer who claims he was attacked by Bieber and his bodyguards, to agree to confidentiality.

No way, says Mark DiCowden, the paparazzo’s lawyer.

“I’ll get a court order against Selena if I have to,” he said. “One of the hallmarks of our constitution is an open court system. I’m not interested in confidentiality. I want Selena’s testimony to be as public as Justin’s.”

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