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March 24 City Council Election Breakdown

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but I cannot endorse anyone in the March 24 election for the New Orleans City Council At Large Seat. Each candidate gives me far too many reasons to dislike them and virtually nothing to like. This election will probably be a three candidate race with Austin Badon, Stacy Head, or Cynthia Willard-Lewis winning the votes, primarily based on name recognition alone due to their presence in local politics.

Austin Badon wants to bring the National Guard to town to police our streets in camo and Humvees armed with M16s. Also, he thinks it will be a good idea to tax people who commute to New Orleans for work from other parishes since they contribute nothing and only consume toilet water and parking spaces (his paraphrased words, not mine). Never-mind this idiotic idea was obviously found unconstitutional when Dutch Morial tried it in the 1980s. Additionally, he wants to expand DBE access to city contracts and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know what a crock those are.

Stacy Head is the Mitt Romney of the bunch. Nothing really to love or forcefully hate. With her time on the council so far we know her to be your average bigger government Democrat. What I can say is that if she wins this election, that would create a special election to replace her District B seat (of which I am now a resident). So there’s that.

Cynthia Willard Lewis lost her election in the fall for her redistricted state Senate seat with JP Morrell and instead of looking for a real job is back looking for that tax payer funded check.

Of the remaining candidates, Gary Landrieu,  a contractor and cousin to the mayor, will most likely pull the majority of votes. His primary goal is to have traffic cameras removed. In fact, he guarantees it in his video. However, he also states that he wants to replace them with “crime cameras.” No thanks, Gary. Andrew Gresset, William “Poppa” Gant, and Norbert Rome round out the bunch but all have equally uninspiring platforms.

Racism in NOLA City Council Race?

Eugene Green announced today (Monday, January 23, 2012) that he is dropping out of the March 24 election for Arnie Fielkow’s vacated City Council seat. The reasons? Racism. What else could he possibly mean by this comment, other than racism?

“I’m willing to defer my aspirations in the interest of enhancing the opportunity for a qualified African-American candidate to do well in this election”

This is appalling. While I am not necessarily calling Mr. Green a racist, his comments are unacceptably so. A week ago today we observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and now, instead of wishing to enhance the opportunity for the most qualified candidate to do well in the election, as Dr. King dreamed of, Green would rather the best “African-American candidate” do well.

How can we hope to approach the issues that challenge our city and region when the candidates themselves still frame their worldview around race? Obviously, we can’t. Mr. Green, I implore you to broaden your worldview beyond race and instead, desire our city’s leaders to be the most qualified, competent, and visionary regardless of their race.