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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

N.O.-Mayor: Forman Endorses Landrieu

Posted by DavidNYC

As expected, Ron Forman, who finished in third place in Saturday's election for New Orleans mayor, endorsed Mitch Landrieu, who came in second. (There's a run-off between the top two finishers in May.) Forman pulled in 17% and Landrieu 29%, so just simple addition would appear to put Landrieu in the driver's seat, seeing as incumbent Ray Nagin took only 38% in the first round. Obviously, things are never quite that simple, and I don't have an insight as to how the remaining 16% of the vote will get split up. Any thoughts?

Posted at 10:11 AM in 2006 Elections, Louisiana | Technorati

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I'm conflicted here. I don't believe Nagin did a good job during Hurricane Katrina and believe the city of New Orleans would almost certainly trade up with Landrieu. On the other hand, being the new Mayor of THIS CITY is easily the most thankless job in America. It would seem that the winner's approval with the public has nowhere to go but down. And if Landrieu is the winner on the receiving end of voter rage, it could be taken out on his sister in 2008 in a Senate race that will be difficult to win even under ideal circumstances.

Posted by: Mark [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 01:09 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I certainly understand what you're saying about potential fallout for Senator Landrieu/don't discount that potential problem. However, especially as someone who knows a few people from New Orleans and surrounding areas (some back in LA, some still displaced, and some deliberately not going back), I'm not conflicted at all on who I want to win. I think Nagin deserves more than a little of the blame for the hurricane response, and Landrieu is the far superior choice. Yes, it is probably the most thankless job in America -- but also has the potential to show leadership, and directly impact peoples lives for the better. And remember, even though he has a (D) after his name on the ballot, Nagin is far from a progressive. He's been as much a Republican as a Democrat for most of his adult life, and only got elected the first time with support among wealthier, more conservative white voters.

Posted by: IndianaProgressive [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 02:24 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Nagin was the best choice at the time he was elected...A CEO mayor. He was bringing in new business and cleaning up a great deal of corruption and cobwebs from Morial's administration. Unfortunately, he's not much of a leader in a crisis. He may well deserve much of the blame for the Katrina response. Now, though, I think that NOLA needs a CEO mayor more than ever, so Nagin may again be the best choice.

Posted by: mullymt [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 06:19 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment