Just posted this on another thread
Shelley Midura finally got a vote on the inspector general's office, only to be blasted by Mama D and her merry band of race-baiters, yelling that the measure was a racist tool that will be used to attack black politicians. (My favorite part was when they asked, "Why didnt you white folk want this when you had control of the city?" You know, 40 years ago.)
Then she got ambushed by Oliver Thomas's boy James Carter with an amendment to give the Council control over what office can and cant do, to ensure that, you know, there isnt any "discrimination" in what the IG does -- all of which led to Midura cracking up in tears over being called a racist (she is a bleeding heart liberal of the highest order - I think she'd rather be called a murderer than a racist).
This city is just so screwed. Every time I think I've seen it at its worst, something even more ridiculous happens. I can't believe I live here.
I encourage anyone that is interested (and local) to ask James Carter, the author of the amendment, exactly what you think of his decision to let race-baiting demagogues hijack this reform:
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Although, you are likely wasting your breath.
After the election, there seemed to be a chance that Carter would align with Head, Midura and Fielkow to form a pro-reform majority. So much for that. Race trumps all in New Orleans.
I'd love to write them Sparkle, but after hearing Oliver Thomas this morning and reading that article, I'm not sure I could write anything that would not cause them to immediately close my email. I can think of nothing tactful to say. This has got to be one of the sadest public moments in the history of New Orleans politics. I'm sure worse things have gone on behind closed doors, but IMO, this is even worse than Mayor Wonka's Chocolate City Comment. At least Nagin had the excuse of being crazy and his comment was not made to protect political patronage and corruption, it was made for him to win the election.