TAMPA — Does Bubba the Love Sponge Clem have anything to say about the fact that Tampa's mayor called him a "complete moron" in an email to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley?
Does he ever.
"For Bob Buckhorn to call me a moron? I mean, are you kidding me? Let's talk about moron status," the shock jock told the Tampa Bay Times.
Clem slammed red-light cameras as a public "shake down" and mocked the 6-foot rule Buckhorn pushed years ago to keep performing strippers that far away from patrons. He also criticized the mayor for officially honoring his radio rival Todd "MJ" Schnitt.
"At the end of the day, you wouldn't hear any of this nonsense from Pam Iorio," Clem said of the former mayor. "She was calculated. She didn't call names."
Kelley emailed Buckhorn earlier this year, saying then-CIA director David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen were emailing her about a plan Clem had to "deep fat fry" a copy of the Koran. She said Allen was worried that the radio stunt could put troops in harm's way and was going to call her from Afghanistan to discuss a next step.
In an email response to Kelley, Buckhorn wrote, "This Bubba the Love Sponge is a complete moron."
Clem said the people who got him to stop the Koran burning were his lawyer and the heads of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department. But he said Kelley "probably did get intel to have me stop it, and that's the problem itself."
A Bubba's Army truck circled the Bayshore Boulevard block of the Kelley home for about a half-hour Friday, pumping a parody to the tune of Falco's Rock Me Amadeus about Petraeus.
"I hope Bob Buckhorn gets looped into it," Clem said of the scandal.
"This guy is a joke. He's messing with the wrong guy, and I will make it my mission to destroy this guy. I am his political death sentence. …
"Unless he apologizes to me and gives me a key to the city."
Alexandra Zayas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3354.