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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Howard Dean Worked Behind the Scenes to Defeat Nagin

Democrats should have been honest and above board with their efforts to unseat New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his pathetic judgment and leadership before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. But, Howard Dean had to keep up the fiction President Bush was responsible for the Katrina mess in New Orleans and couldn’t run a truthful campaign in the best interests of the people of New Orleans. Instead, Democrats lead by Howard Dean tried to use their money and “voting rights program” to get rid of Nagin on the sly.

Remember this is what Howard Dean said about Mayor Ray Nagin just a few short months ago:

Dean also offered a spirited defense of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, both Democrats, saying that "spin doctors in the Republican Party" were trying to dump blame for the disaster response on them.

"Ray Nagin is a hero," he said
If Nagin was a hero why was Dean working to defeat him behind his back? Black voters are taken for granted and used as pawns by Democrats in their power games. I saw through that act a long time ago. I just wish others would wake up and see reality.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal. Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbent Nagin, despite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral.

The DNC teams actively worked to defeat Nagin under the auspice of the committee's voting rights program. The party's field efforts also coincided with a national effort by Democrat contributors to support Landrieu. Landrieu had out raised Nagin by a wide margin - $3.3 million to $541,980. Preliminary campaign finance reports indicate many of Landrieu’s contributions came from out of state white Democrat leaders and financiers, including a $1,000 contribution from Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-NE) PAC.

In his victory speech late Saturday night, Nagin praised President Bush.

"I want to thank you, Mr. President. You and I have probably been the most vilified politicians in the country. But I want to thank you for moving that promise that you made in Jackson Square forward. We now have $3 billion for levees. We have $8 billion for incentives. We have $10 billion for housing. You are delivering on your promise, and I want to thank you for all the citizens of the City of New Orleans."
Funny isn't it, you never hear these facts on the news.
Blogger Janette said...

I think it was obvious that Dean and the DNC would back Landrieu after all he's a good little Dem and comes from a very Dem family that does what they're told. Nagin is a Dem but he has endorsed Republican candidates and even *gasp* contributed money to President Bush's campaign.

It comes down to this, Landrieu could be counted on to be a good little soldier but Nagin would be a wildcard. There's going to be a lot of money pouring into New Orleans and the Dems want a way to have some control over it. Landrieu was the safe bet.

I'm fairly indifferent about who won but I do find it encouraging that despite their best efforts and a lot of money the Democrat's choice candidate lost.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that you're just delayed in posting a correction to your post now that Drudge has retracted his story about this, right? Right?


1:54 AM  
Blogger Chanice said...


I checked out your link to The Raw Story and it says "Conservative heavyweight Matt Drudge has all but retracted a story about Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. In other words Drudge hasn't retracted the story.

I also know The Raw Story is a lefty blog and that had Drudge retracted the story, the Raw Story posting would have included a link to Drudge's mea culpa. The only links provided were links to other Raw Story postings.

In any event, Nagin ain’t feeling the love from Howard Dean or Democrats - he took the opportunity on wining the mayoral election to praise President Bush for keeping his promises.

6:35 PM  
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