Sunday, May 24, 2009

Funny old quote

It was not the night's only episode in which Nagin professed to be an unwitting victim of injustice in politics. Later, he employed a part-jovial, part-indignant tone during the Alliance for Good Government 's endorsement forum.

"I hope that once I sit down to write my book, one chapter of the book won't be, 'How can a mayor, Ray Nagin -- who opened up the doors of City Hall to deal with the corruption issue, who yelled at the tips at the brake-tag stations, who stopped all this crazy contracting that was going on -- has gone through four years without a scandal, and couldn't get the endorsement of the Alliance for Good Government ,' " he said. "I hope that's not in my book."

The quote appeared in the Times Picayune* shortly before the 2006 election. The funny thing is, Nagin gave a pretty good description of the great corruption crackdown: it amounted to little more than yelling. That's a point I'll return in an upcoming post, but, in the meantime, it's a funny quote.

*It's no more Mr. Nice Guys as candidates trade attacks - ALSO: Nagin 's conspiracy theory; Five for Fielkow; Look who came with Couhig

Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, May 4, 2006
Author: Michelle Krupa and Gordon Russell Staff writers

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