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Best of New Orleans 2012: Politics 

Best Lawmaker

1. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu — For the second year in a row, Louisiana's only "blue" statewide politician proved to be most popular among our readers. This past year, she declared her intention to seek a fourth term. Judging by the results of this very un-scientific poll, she's off to a good start.

2. John Young

3. Stacy Head

 

Best Local Scandal

1. Ray Nagin — The former mayor continues to make news, even if it's for all the wrong reasons, and it's significant that he got more votes than the Saints Bountygate scandal. Last week, the feds subpoenaed Nagin to appear before a grand jury, though Nagin's attorney, Robert Jenkins, said Team Nagin had asked for more time.

2. Saints Bountygate

3. Aaron Broussard

 

Best New Orleans City Council Member

1. Stacy Head — The bridesmaid last year, the new and ever outspoken at-large council member finally won the spot this year, after longtime winner Arnie Fielkow resigned to take a plum job in Chicago.

2. Jackie Clarkson

3. Kristin Gisleson Palmer

 

Best Jefferson Parish Council Member

1. Cynthia Lee-Sheng — The daughter of the late Sheriff Harry Lee zoomed past her colleagues this year to claim top honors. By most accounts, she's the up-and-comer on the JP Council and the most likely to move into a parishwide position if she harbors higher political amibitions.

2. Chris Roberts

3. Elton Lagasse

 

Best Candidate for Federal Indictment

1. Ray Nagin — Nagin may not be No. 1 in citizens' hearts, but he's definitely their favorite political target; he won this "honor" last year, too. As we noted then, he's not (yet) under indictment, but our readers' "verdict" is already in.

2. Aaron Broussard

3. David Vitter

 

Best name for a Jefferson Family prison band

1. The Freezer Burns — This would have been our favorite, too!

2. Cold Cash

3. Movin' On Down Band

 

Best Local Politician You Love to Hate

1. Mitch Landrieu — New Orleans' mayor didn't even make the Top 3 last year, so it appears his honeymoon is officially over. Qualifying for the next round of citywide elections is less than 16 months away.

2. Cynthia Hedge-Morrell

3. TIE: Jackie Clarkson

3. TIE: Stacy Head

 

Best reason Mitt Romney should have picked Bobby Jindal as his running mate

1. Gets Jindal out of Louisiana/Governor's Mansion — There was no love for the guv in this category. Polling closed before Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his No. 2, but Gambit voters were eager to see the back of our frequently traveling governor. Jindal will be term-limited out of office in 2016 — and the frontrunner in that far-off race is his ideological soulmate, Sen. David Vitter, who is said to be consolidating his power in Louisiana in preparation for the race.

2. He wants to lose

3. There is no good reason

 

Best reason for Romney not to pick Jindal as his running mate

1. Romney wants to win — Sorry, Bobby — if the reports that came out earlier this month were correct, Jindal didn't even make the final cut of Romney's VP picks. There's always a Cabinet position if Romney wins, but Jindal has already said he has the job he wants in Baton Rouge. Sure hasn't seemed like it.

2. Vice President Jindal could become president

3. Jindal's an idiot/ass/dick/moron/dolt

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