July 17, 2004

Bubba the Love Sponge running for county sheriff in FL

Five months ago, Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem was a morning radio host for Clear Channel Radio in Tampa, and syndicated to several other cities. Today, he's planning on running for Sheriff of Pinellas County, FL.

"For over a decade I've been the voice of the people," Clem said during a news conference Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel Tampa Westshore. "Now, I want to give the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office back to the people."

This will be the second time Clem, 38, has campaigned for the office. He was not an official candidate in 2000, but this time, because he paid the $8,584.86 filing fee, he will be on the ballot as the lone Democrat.

Clem will await the winner of the GOP primary between Chief Deputy Jim Coats and Tim Glassburner, a retired Ohio sheriff's deputy.

Bubba was fired from his morning show after the Federal Communications Commission fined Clear Channel $755,000 for indecent comments that aired on Bubba's show.

A registered Republican until he registered with the Democratic party 60 days ago, Bubba says he's "fed up with Republicans."

As opposed to his more famous radio name, the ballot will read "Bubba Clem," his real name.

Posted by mhking at July 17, 2004 11:20 PM

I am not sure I would want "the voice of the people" (which people exactly?) running the Sheriff's department. He already has shown he advocates a liberal application of the law. I'll bet he's fed up with Republicans like Ken Lay is fed up with Republicans. :)

Posted by: Joel (No Pundit Intended) at July 17, 2004 11:31 PM

It would sure make voters in Fulton and DeKalb counties look bad if voters in Florida reject Spongy for sheriff.

Speaking of which, I'm hoping voters here in Coweta don't fall for the challenger in our sheriff race. The more I see from him the better I like the incumbent.

Posted by: McGehee at July 18, 2004 09:29 AM

I live in Pinellas Co. and Bubba has my vote.

Posted by: alacet at July 18, 2004 05:59 PM

You must know the facts,, and one is that Bubba is an actor. He did it well and made lots of money doing it. He has my vote

Posted by: witchata at October 18, 2004 03:40 PM
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