"Everyone's a racist. It's part of something we have in this country, but it's deeper and more virile and more visible and entrenched in New Orleans than any place I've seen." — Dr. Ed Blakely, New Orleans' former "recovery czar," in an interview with Yaou Dou, a student at the University of California-Berkeley. Asked why he quit his job, the recovery czar said, "My health wasn't good and, secondly, I had other things I wanted to do and administering a recovery is not one of them."
"Basically he raped the city. He took us for granted, he took the money and didn't deliver." — pollster and research analyst Dr. Silas Lee, referring to Blakely
"Mr. Blakely's tenure at City Hall was a complete failure. By maligning the people of New Orleans, he is only trying to cover up his incompetence." — Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu
"The Times-Picayune is the biggest bully in town." — former city technology chief Greg Meffert in an interview with Gambit after he was found partially liable in the crime-camera civil trial last week. Meffert, who called The Times-Picayune's coverage of him "beyond New York Post-level," said he intended to sue the paper. On Friday, Meffert, his wife Linda and business associate Mark St. Pierre were charged in a federal indictment with 63 counts, including money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery, false statements to FBI agents and filing false federal tax returns. Among the charges: St. Pierre paid thousands for the Mefferts' membership in a Carnival krewe.