Forman to the Rescue
Director of the Audubon Nature Institute and commnity leader Ron Forman has announced his candidacy for Mayor of New Orleans. Mr. Forman is a proven business leader, his list of accomplishments is long and distinguished, foremost, rebuilding and transforming an aging, decrepit zoo into a world class facility. He has brought national and international attention to the region, more importantly, he has created numerous jobs and helped many small businesses that support the Audubon institute.
He is a proven leader that will serve the city of New Orleans well.
From the political perspective, he is a fresh face with significant name recognition and a huge financial warchest. He is not business as usual, no offense to Mitch Landrieu but what has the Landrieu family really accomplished in New Orleans, look at the tax record for Mitch Landrieu and Mary Landrieu and Moon Landrieu. They are tax and spend liberals, they increase the size of government which serves no one.
Forman will garner the majority of Republican and conservative Democrat support, he will also be a formidable candidate for the business community. He essentially erodes completely the base of support that propelled Ray Nagin into office. Combined with popular support from a broad spectrum of civic leaders throughout New Orleans he will be a formidable candidate.
With large amounts of the African-American vote relocated, temporarily or otherwise, this will prove, in this writer's opinion, the political death knell of not only Mayor Nagin, but also the exit of Marlin Gussman as Sheriff, Eddie Jordon as District Attorney, and most assuredly the exit of both Clerks of Court (Criminal -- Kimberly Williamson Butler and Civil -- Dale Atkins).