23 April 2006

Some General Observations about the City of New Orleans Mayoral Primary Election

  • I’m surprised Nagin did as well as he did and Forman (and even Landrieu to a degree) showed as poorly. I think a lot of people who were on the fence b/w Nagin and someone else went ahead and voted for Nagin. One thing, though, for Nagin to have a world wide audience only 7 months ago and have the chance to show what true leadership is all about and to ONLY be able to capture 38% of the votes in the primary just shows what a lackluster, divisive, baseless, directionless, smoke and mirrors administration this Mayor is running. Mitch is going to b-l-o-w his doors off in the Runoff. Sugar Ray, you’ve gotten all the votes you’re going to get my friend. What kind of election response would Rudy Giuliani have gotten had he been able to run for Mayor in NYC in April of 2002?
  • My prediction in the runoff: Landrieu 61% Nagin 39%.
  • I can’t believe Manny Chevrolet Bruno corralled 99 of his buddies to come and vote. Looks like he owes a bunch of people some free beer.
  • I thought Virginia Boulet would show better than 2%. She had some of the clearest ideas in the campaign and I would hope when Mitch wins he sits down with her to listen to what he has to say.
  • It’s pretty funny that Peggy Wilson got fewer votes than Kimberly Williamson Butler.
  • It’s pretty sad that Kimberly Williamson Butler got 793 pathetic individuals to vote for her.
  • Is this Assessor thing a joke or what? This is the most important thing that’s not being talked about. We have ZERO tax base right now, hey – wouldn’t real, accurate and fair reporting of property values be a GOOD thing right now? Am I the only one who thinks this is an incredibly asinine exercise in futility that serves little purpose but to keep the wink, wink old system of politics and political favoritism alive and well and keep New Orleans’s chance for real, tangible growth undermined. The f****** assessors are using 1978 technology to run assessments, but, oh, NOW they’re all jazzed up about this new 1.2 million dollar computer system that’s finally going to fix everything AND if they get some MORE MONEY then things will stop being broken. This according to Claude Mauberret in today’s Times-Pic. “Mauberret whose family has held the post since 1904, predicted the new system, if completely (read: enough money to line the assessors pockets) financed, will correct "99 percent of any inequities" on the tax rolls." Guess 102 years of the same family running the show couldn’t fix it…but hey, if we get some MORE MONEY, then, THEN we can get it fixed. Sorry, of my soap box now.
  • Here’s a shocker: ACORN is complaining about the election.
    4/23 Times Pic: ACORN attorney Tracie Washington, who was an observer in the absentee ballot counting room at the Secretary of State's election headquarters, said she is concerned about the number of those ballots that were rejected because of irregularities.

    “I was surprised and disappointed at the number of ballots that were rejected of people who had never voted by absentee ballot before,” she said. “Many were discounted because they didn’t have the correct number of witnesses or because they were signed in the wrong place.”
    Uhhhh, isn’t that legal standard of absentee voting?


At April 23, 2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those 793 people who voted for Kimberly Williamson Butler? Those 772 people who voted for Peggy Wilson? Those are some scary folks.

At April 23, 2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not having followed the election from the beginning, and after watching the debate on MSNBC, I would have thought that Boulet and Watson would have done a little better. How did Peggy Wilson get into the debate and not Kimberly Wilson Butler? Forman holds the key to the runoff. If his supporters go to Landrieu, then Mitch wins. Will the Couhig voters say home or will they support Landrieu?

At April 23, 2006 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect, I think your predictions is off. I am a pretty conservative Republican. I have been canvassing my friends in the NOLA area and Nola expats. They are by a large majority are not voting for Landrieu. They are not staying home either. What is Mitch going to offer us? That his sister wont bash Republicans too harshly in the next election? Its seems the stars have aligned and again Nagin's enemies from the mansion on down are our foes also.
Furthermore we have worked with Nagin and still feel that we can. Mitch is in more trouble than you think. BTW nice blog I have visited it often the last couple of weeks.

At April 24, 2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Commish said...

Piggy Wilson got in instead of Kimberly Williamson Butler because she is not a convicted criminal.

At April 25, 2006 6:30 AM, Blogger Al Scramuzza said...

Fitch, Butler is not a criminal. Delusional and misguided, but wasn't convicted of a crime.

J Hood - I, too, am a conservative Republican but I'm also a small business owner and that makes me have a slightly different view on what I want out of a mayor.

At April 25, 2006 6:01 PM, Blogger daddymuzza said...



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