Georges for Mayor?
Failed gubernatorial candidate John Georges is telling people he plans to run for mayor of New Orleans in 2010. Sources say the wealthy businessman, who lives Uptown on Audubon Place (but who was routinely billed as a 'Metairie businessman" during the governor's race), looks at his first-place finish in Orleans Parish on Oct. 20 as a springboard to citywide office. Georges owns several businesses, including Imperial Trading Co., which is headquartered in Jefferson Parish. He ran third statewide, behind Republican Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal and Democratic state Sen. Walter Boasso. Georges led the field in New Orleans on the strength of black support coordinated by former state Rep. Sherman Copelin, but he trailed Jindal by a huge margin among white voters, both in the city and statewide. The next mayor's race, set for February 2010, will surely feature several prominent black candidates and probably a few well-known white names as well. The dynamic of that race will be radically different from that of the recent gubernatorial primary, but Georges, who clearly does not suffer from a lack of self-confidence, probably figures that another few million dollars in advertising and street money can overcome that. He spent upwards of $10 million running for governor, almost all of it his own money. Georges was en route to New York late last week, but through spokesperson Danae Columbus replied, 'No comment," to queries about him running for mayor. He also will be remembered as the only candidate who attended the mass civil rights demonstration at Jena, La. " DuBos and Johnson Forgotten Danziger 7 The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is moving forward with plans for an examination of the troubled Orleans Parish District Attorney's office, despite Eddie Jordan's ouster. The five-member assessment team, which is scheduled to arrive Nov. 12, has requested news articles and other information on high-profile cases. Among the most controversial is the seven NOPD cops still facing murder charges following the fatal Katrina-related shooting deaths of two civilians and the wounding of several others at Danziger Bridge in eastern New Orleans. However, the NDAA team has said it had 'trouble getting any information" out of the district attorney's office while Jordan was DA. Oddly, the Dec. 28, 2006, indictments of the so-called 'Danziger 7" police defendants, one of the most explosive cases of Jordan's stormy tenure, escaped prominent mention in the copious news coverage that swirled around his resignation, including many 'timelines" of his nearly five years in office. The case is still pending before Judge Raymond Bigelow at Criminal District Court. " Johnson
Jordan Spokesman Sounds Off
Dalton Savwoir Jr. , public information director for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office, late last week posted a brief commentary in response to a wire story on the resignation of his former boss, Eddie Jordan Jr. 'He is a brilliant lawyer and an honest man, to boot!" Savwoir wrote. 'He did not deserve to end his political career on such a sour note." Savwoir added, 'He (Jordan) has truly been made the "scapegoat of the criminal justice system,'" a reference to Jordan's self-description to the City Council in July during his last major political crisis before his announced resignation on Oct. 30. 'My only hope is that the powers that be will now provide this office with the resources we need so that we can get on with the business of prosecuting cases," Savwoir noted. Savwoir worked as Jordan's spokesperson for only a year. He continues in that role for Acting DA Keva Landrum-Johnson. " Johnson Year of the Woman? The Louisiana Women's Legislative Caucus (LWLC) is poised to have its largest membership in state history. If every woman legislative candidate wins her race in the runoff, there will be 31 female lawmakers in the House and Senate. Right now, 18 seats are guaranteed to be held by women, while another 13 are in runoffs on Nov. 17. For the term that ends this year, the LWLC enjoyed a membership of 25, which was likewise a historic number four years ago. The group's present chair, Rep. Nita Hutter, a Republican from St. Bernard Parish, brought a bit of extra sway to the LWLC this year through her role as state director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators. No word yet on who might be vying to lead the women's caucus next year, but Sen. Sherri Smith-Cheek, a Keithville Republican, currently serves as LWLC's vice-chair. " Alford
With incumbent Attorney General Charles Foti out of the way, District Attorney Buddy Caldwell of Tallulah is reaping endorsements from all of the Democratic regulars and even a high-profile Republican or two. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), a Democratic stalwart, now has his back after backing Foti in the primary. Legal experience was supposedly key in the decision, although the LFT rarely leans any way but Democratic. 'With a new administration and many turnovers in the Legislature, we believe this is no time for on-the-job-training in the attorney general's office," says LFT President Steve Monaghan. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Doug Moreau, a Republican, also has endorsed Caldwell, along with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association. Meanwhile, state GOP chair Roger Villere sent out an email reminder this week restating that Royal Alexander has the full backing of the Louisiana Republican Party. Villere urged GOP donors to 'prayerfully consider" giving to Alexander's campaign by attending a New Orleans fundraiser held this past weekend. " Alford
Letting Go, Holding On,
And Staying Out for Now
Nancy Landry, a Lafayette independent, will not contest the House District 31 race where she lost by 33 votes to Rep. Don Trahan, a Republican. While her supporters questioned the Election Day turnout from the smallest part of the district, she says it's time to move on. 'While I'm disappointed with the results, I look forward to spending time with my children and getting back to my business after more than a year on the campaign trail," she says. Another seat went Republican last week in Ouachita Parish's all-GOP House District 15, when Paul Hargrove withdrew from the runoff, thus making retired school administrator Frank Hoffmann a new lawmaker. Teacher unions will no doubt graciously welcome his addition to the House. Meanwhile, state Rep. Charles McDonald, a Democrat, says he is exploring legal action against Rep. Mike Walsworth, a Republican who won the race to capture Senate District 33 in north Louisiana. McDonald says Walsworth distorted his legislative record and accused him of buying votes. Finally, in House District 51 in south Louisiana, a classic 'R vs. D" contest is ready to blast off " but the GOP isn't staking claim yet. Incumbent Rep. Carla Dartez, a Morgan City Democrat, has maintained a strong grip on the district despite a rash of media reports that links her family to possible criminal activity. The Republican challenger, Joe Harrison of Napoleonville, also received ink recently for a 2005 arrest that was overturned. He has been cleared of all wrongdoing. While Democrats in the district are stirring up mud, Republicans are staying out until new poll results come in. " Alford