Saturday, January 9, 2010

Georges: "I'd have a new U.S. Attorney. It's not a racial thing; it's a Democrat thing."

Posted By on Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Eli Ackerman of the blog We Could Be Famous picked up this bit of audio from last night's meeting of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, at which mayoral candidate John Georges appeared. The entire context isn't clear from the tape, but Georges seems to be defending himself as a member of the Democratic faithful by stating his opposition to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, a Republican.

Georges, a Republican-turned-Democrat, raised money for George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000 and ran for governor in 2007 as an independent. He also financially supported Mitt Romney's run for the White House in 2008, as well as the 2008 Congressional campaign of Republican Steve Scalise, but says he eventually voted for Barack Obama.

I've been supporting Democrats my entire life.... I would've been a Democrat, but I was asked to stay independent to help fight Bobby Jindal. I'm a team player. I'm fightin' for New Orleans; you need to fight for me. Mitch Landrieu is a leader. But you know, I tell you, we still have a Republican as a U.S. Attorney. I voted for Barack Obama, so I'd have a new U.S. Attorney. It's not a racial thing; it's a Democrat thing.

Letten, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was originally nominated to his post by President George W. Bush during his first term, and has has not been renominated by the Obama White House despite public statements of confidence from Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who said last April she supported Letten continuing in the job.

By positioning himself against Letten, is Georges helping or hurting himself? Listen to the whole tape over at We Could Be Famous, and see what you think.

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