MIAMI -- Mitt Romney held a campaign event Monday evening at a Miami juice shop owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker.If this is any indication of Romney's vetting process/prowess, I really do fear for anyone he appoints to anything, Paul Ryan included.
Romney appeared at El Palacio de los Jugos, which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999 and served three years in federal prison.
Appearing with Romney was Sen. Marco Rubio. Both men handed out juices to an excited crowd after making brief remarks. Romney was filming a campaign ad at the juice shop, aides said.
I suspect some people may not be familiar with the reference, especially if you don't follow the American comedian Dave Chappelle or watched his hit comedy sketch series Chappelle's Show from 2003-2006. The show mainly skewered and caricaturized American race relations, as is also true of Dave Chappelle's stand-up routines. In one of the show's most iconic and most popular episodes, a skit involving Rick James (of "Super Freak" fame) spawned the much-repeated catchphrase, "I'm Rick James, Bitch!". The word "bitch" was directed by a male (Rick James) to another male (Charlie Murphy, brother of comedian Eddie Murphy) before James popped up and punched Murphy in the face while in a cocaine-induced daze. The episodes also spawned the slightly less popular, "Cocaine's a hell of a drug!" phrase, also by Rick James.