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New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - soonermeteor - 05-20-2006 09:08 PM

Nagin Leads in Early Big Easy Returns By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer
14 minutes ago

NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Ray Nagin led Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in early returns Saturday from a mayoral election between onetime allies with similar ideas but different styles for leading this hurricane-ravaged city through one of the biggest reconstruction projects in U.S. history.


With 4 percent of the vote counted, Nagin had 58 percent, or 1,704 votes, to Landrieu's 42 percent, or 1,222 votes.

Whoever wins takes office a day before the June 1 start of the next hurricane season in a city where streets are still strewn with rusting, mud-covered cars and entire neighborhoods consist of homes that are empty shells.

"I want the city to come back," said 61-year-old Alice Howard, an evacuee who returned by bus from Houston to cast her ballot. "This is my city. This is home to me. ... I want to make sure the correct person takes care of home."

Howard and 250 other evacuees wearing "Displaced Voter" T-shirts were greeted by a jazz band at a City Hall rally with Nagin and Landrieu.

The candidates embraced when they met while campaigning Saturday, reflecting the civil tone of a race where there has been little disagreement on the major issues: the right of residents to rebuild in all areas and the urgent need for federal aid for recovery and the best possible levee protection.

That has turned the closely watched race into a referendum on leadership styles: the brash newcomer incumbent vs. the political establishment challenger.

Nagin, a self-styled maverick, portrayed himself as a political outsider brave enough to stand up to federal officials when necessary. The former cable television executive, first elected to public office in 2002, argued the city could ill-afford to change course just as rebuilding gathered steam.

The janitor's son from a black, working-class neighborhood is known for his improvisational, some say impulsive, rhetoric. After Katrina plunged his city into chaos, Nagin was both scorned and praised for a tearful plea for the federal government to "get off their (behinds) and do something" and his now-famous remark that New Orleans was intended to be a "chocolate" city.

Landrieu, who served 16 years in the state House before being elected to his current post two years ago, says his strength is his ability to bring people together and get things done.

The scion of a political dynasty known as Louisiana's version of the Kennedys, he's the brother of Sen. Mary Landrieu (news, bio, voting record) and would be the first white mayor in a generation, since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in 1978.

Landrieu supporters note New Orleans will largely be rebuilt with federal dollars, and an established politician could have more success in dealing with the leaders who control the purse strings.

Nagin, who had widespread support from white voters four years ago, lost much of that support in last month's primary but was predicting a stronger showing this time.

"The reaction we're getting from out on the streets is very positive among all demographics, all races," he said after voting at his neighborhood precinct. "It's pretty amazing."

Fewer than half of New Orleans' 455,000 pre-Katrina residents are living in the city, and a large number of blacks scattered by the storm have yet to return.

Evacuees arrived by bus from as far as Atlanta and Houston to vote. More than 25,000 ballots were cast early by mail or fax or at satellite polling places set up around Louisiana earlier in the month — 5,000 more than were cast early in the primary.

Secretary of State Al Ater said late Saturday afternoon that turnout appeared to be on-par with the April 22 primary, when about 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

David Postel, a retired Air Force colonel voting in a relatively untouched part of town, said he went with Landrieu because he considers him "the lesser of two evils."

"We're hoping Landrieu has enough political pull to get a little more attention," he said.

Among the first to vote was Willie Solomon, who moved back into the Eighth Ward home where she rode out Hurricane Katrina, even though flood water reached her knees. Her vote was going to Nagin.

"I'm not going to see one family run the whole city," she said.


New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - ladybug - 05-20-2006 10:38 PM

You guys that live outside of Louisiana please post what the media and people are saying about Nagin winning.

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - soonermeteor - 05-20-2006 10:44 PM

"racist wins election"

"race is more important than intelligence"

"New Orleans reaches #1 position on dumbest city poll"

ok, so those were all fake

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - imissnola - 05-20-2006 10:51 PM

I don't miss New Orleans anymore.

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - DXstorm - 05-21-2006 12:10 AM

someone post the total results

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - proger - 05-21-2006 07:48 AM

Nagin 52%
Landrieu 48%

-ok, 52% idiots...give us a break sooner.

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - ladybug - 05-21-2006 08:43 AM

proger Wrote:Nagin 52%
Landrieu 48%

-ok, 52% idiots...give us a break sooner.

Do you actually live in Orleans parish? If so, you have my deepest sympathies /darn

His speech didn't sound like he wanted to work with others and unite to rebuild the city. First he called Landrieu a political prostitute and then he thanked Blanco for what she is "going" to do. Arrongant lying SOB. Did you know he lied on his resume he used to get his job with Cox cable?

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - tigergirl - 05-21-2006 10:35 AM

I agree...his comments in his speech were inappropriate. It does not sound he is ready to form a united front to rebuild N.O.!
Nagin re-elected

11:28 PM CDT on Saturday, May 20, 2006

Mayor Ray Nagin, ridiculed nationally and derided some locally following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has been re-elected to office with a solid victory against Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Nagin received 52 percent of the vote, finishing with 59,460 votes to Landrieu's 54,131 or 48 percent of the vote.

"I am so humbled today," said a spirited but admittedly exhausted Nagin. "This is a great night for the city of New Orleans. This great city is ready to move forward."

Associated Press

Mayor Nagin greets supporters on Election NIght.

Nagin thanked those who endorsed him, including former opponents Rob Couhig, Virginia Boulet and Rev. Tom Watson. He also praised President Bush for living up to his pledge to rebuild the city.

Nagin also said he thanked financial supporters who had initially supported him and then changed sides, saying he was glad to have their money.

"To those of you who went to the other side, you went to the red-light district, I forgive you," he said.

Landrieu congratulated Nagin on his victory. "Come hell or high water, and we've had both, we need to come together," said Landrieu. "There are very few second chances in life, and we in New Orleans have a chance to put away the twin cousins of race and poverty."

Nagin took over 80 percent of the African-American vote and just over 20 percent of the white vote in defeating Landrieu. The totals are in contrast to four years ago when Nagin got 84 percent of the white vote in his race against Richard Pennington.

He received national attention as the mayor of a devastated city, especially with calls for the federal government to "get off their ***" and help the city in the first few days after the storm.

He also was roundly criticized for his Martin Luther King Day speech in which he declared New Orleans would be a "chocolate city" again.

Landrieu and Nagin both readily admitted that there wasn't much difference in their ideas, but Landrieu empahsized a difference in leadership, while Nagin emphasized not changing leaders in midstream.

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - Stormlover - 05-21-2006 01:46 PM

This really loses alot of sympathy for New Orleans from the rest of the country.They want to keep a mayor that was the first person responsible for this mess and personally cost lives by his inaction and bad decisions. /m16

New Orelans is a city of complete idiots.. im not going there anytime soon - soonermeteor - 05-21-2006 02:01 PM

^ exactly stormlover.... this is like Little Red Riding Hood keeping the wolf as a pet. He ran like a chicken with his head cut off when the hurricane came... and left his citizens to walk to the superdome with absolutley NO preperation to keep them there. Can you believe people on another forum i go to are EXCUSING HIM? They say any mayor would have been drug through the mud..... no.... they are completely wrong. This is about the JOB he did when the hurricane hit, and it was ghastly. Never had we heard of such loss of life in any of the Florida hurricanes the year before... and what were these mayors? Supermen? And before anyone says its apples and oranges... it has to do with evacuation! The city of St. Petersburgh was evacuated more than 24 hours before Charley was due to hit. Nagin woke up Sunday morning and decided "evacuation" might be a good idea. If he had been planning from the beginning about getting everyone out, he could have put together a plan to bus people from the superdome if they couldn't get a ride. He was responsible for getting those people to a safe place and he didn't. He left them to rot in the city when the worst hurricane in American history hit, while he flew off in a fancy helicopter to go get all chumy with more of his "chocolate" friends.

Im sorry for the harsh words proger... but it just makes me want to throw up and never try to understand American politics again.