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Former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud has taken a shot at current Mayor Matti Herrera Bower by posting a compromising photo of Bower on the website for his Sins of South Beach book. The photo, which was posted briefly months ago on a local blog, shows Bower at Twist nightclub stuffing bills into the briefs of a well-tanned male dancer.

Daoud, who was convicted in the 1990s of taking bribes while in office, and whose book is slated to be shot as a feature film, said Friday that he posted the picture because the mayor is trying to kill his movie. Daoud said he wanted to show people that Bower is a hypocrite — voting against alcohol sales at Club Madonna gentlemen’s club on the dais and stuffing dollars down a dancer’s delicates behind closed doors.

“She turns around and goes to Twist and she’s giving back to the community by reaching for the grapes of wrath,” said Daoud, who said Madonna owner Leroy Griffith is a friend.

Bower said Friday that the picture was taken during a 2007 campaign event, and that she’s considered putting it on her own campaign website. Bower denied trying to stop the filming of Sins of South Beach.

“This is not nudity and there’s a difference, so I’m not hypocritical,” Bower said. “I don’t feel I did anything incorrect.”

David Smiley

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