We have the opportunity to elect our future leaders for the next 4, if not 8 years – why is it so quiet?

Newell Normand
Thursday, September 14th

ew Orleans elections - we have the opportunity to elect our future leaders for the next 4, if not 8 years – why is it so quiet?  We’ll take a deep dive with Clancy Dubos & take your calls.  If you’re apathetic why?   

This segments guest:
Clancy Dubos - WWL-TV’s political analyst and co-owner & political editor of Gambit


Transcript - Not for consumer use. Robot overlords only. Will not be accurate.

Welcome back. And I'm honored to have a good friend Clancy do goes WW LTV's political analysts think Cole term political editor of gambit newspaper I'll always watch your career very closely and and listen to what you have to say in your insight. Thank you and into the political arena. As to what we're facing. And all of the issues that surround that. You know at this point in time. I believe that this election. Maybe one of the most important in modern times for the city. We're coming off of the Katrina affect the billions upon billions of dollars have been spent here. We've had. I guess the lack of a better determine an artificial economy. Where we have a disaster economy with all this money come and in. And I think our challenge. Is really going to be how much momentum can we create. How much excitement can we create. And how do we get as many cheerleaders for our community is possible. To carry us through a New Year's that that we're facing. So I'll throw it to you at that point in common and then there what do you thing. Well first off think you're absolutely correct. I learned. Right after Katrina and if you John Barry. Forum co restoring gambit when our paper was able to come back. And I. I assumed that we would be on our backside. Economically. After Katrina assuming everything shut down and Johnson no actually we're gonna have a boom and so powers that be similar and Anna asked him to discusses. John Barrett the altar of rising tide the book about the 1927 flood. And how it changed America and it really did change American it changed Louisiana and Mississippi a great deal but. He said Greenville Mississippi had an economic boom after the flawed because all of us aid came in he says. New Orleans and south east Louisiana will have an economic boom. For a few years that any framed almost word for word the way you just did know that we have to make sure that. We don't. Rely on that forever and we sought at the state level. The Katrina money dried up in 2010 and Bobby Jindal still cutting the budget because well as money and then there was no money to replace some sort of cutting universities and hospitals. On New Orleans fortunately has not been made that decision but we haven't run out of it because. In addition to the immediate money that came in to. To have two people to buy new refrigerators and washers and dryers and talked about the white goods and everybody was buying white goods like refrigerators and washers and a sales tax was pouring in a local state government. New Orleans I think thanks largely to Mary Landrieu of are who chaired the subcommittee. That oversees Bemis budget we got a lot of money we get to almost two billion for schools and another two billion for infrastructure. That has not all been spent so we're gonna continue to get what I liked called a construction economy you know what that is a those are good jobs but they're not permanent jobs. I don't. Carpenters electricians plaster is plumbers and I'm builders architects engineers they get money from doing all this work as we rebuild our schools and continue to rebuild the infrastructure into long ones but your obsolete correct we're going to run out of that money. I think certainly within the next four years so the next mayor and the next council. Have to work very closely with the business community because there's only so much you can do in the public sector so it's up to everybody. And I think that's not a lesson that we learned after Katrina and Houston is going to learn that lesson. It's. Our politics changed dramatically after Katrina used to be a top down. People used to sit around and it's the fault of the citizens and at the end of the business community and civic community in New Orleans east to sit around and just wait to see. Who was going to run and it was there were a lot of political organizations. Many African American political organizations and some white political organizations that would just. Groom candidates and put them out there everybody would just sit back and wait to see who runs. After Katrina. It was much more bottom up we started saying if you look at the normal City Council you can actually point to people and CO RD field crow came from the the business and civic community. Jackie Clarkson had been out there before but she was sort of the precursor to a select from the business and civic side but Stacey had. Shelley the Dora. Susan Susan kitrey you know all if especially in district AB NC. Kristin Palmer James Carter and Nadine Ramsey. Came out not of the neighborhood association but she was very involved in. Catholic women's groups and and civic groups on the West Bank. So you see how that changed our politics. And I think it's about positive change I think part of what we need to do not only economically has continued. We can't really continue on to say false economy cannot continue disaster economy which you have to do is build on and diversify and you know we relies so heavily that was what's in the Steve Perry on your program a couple of days ago talk about. Polity hospitality industry accounts for about 40% of the city's budget. With the widening and and and reopening if you will of the Panama Canal although it's going to be happening with Panama Canal to Rawlins is uniquely situated we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can't throw port. And all the industries that you support and benefit from the port the jobs and can create on the with mechanized. Delivery of a cargo it's not as many jobs as it used to be but they're still good jobs there. But we need to figure out away working with the business community and the council and the mayor and oddity on the same page and really get our economy growing. So when we return. Now that we've laid the platform of some of the issues in the landscape will talk more specifically about races and enjoying what I see is a lot of apathy right now around the city as a relates to this election are very. We're backwards Clancy do those W I LTDs. Political analyst and co owner of political editor of Camden. Clancy when we left off. One of the feelings that I again I just don't feel. A lot of excitement about this year is there any apathy just seems to be. This like forty pound weight on my chest and I just I don't feel it I talked to a lot of folks and I just don't get any sense of excitement. While I'm going to be a little more optimistic just. Not to nitpick a world I don't think it's so much apathy I think voters really care but their uninspired. That's a veteran that they don't care I've been saying for weeks. That voters. Are waiting to be inspired. And they're eager for a I think they're hungry for is everywhere I go people ask you what do you think about the mayor's right what do you think at -- what I haven't made up my mind. I've known all three of the major candidates for a long time. I can give you good reasons to vote for each one and I can give you good reasons to have concerns about each want I don't think any of them is a crook. And on the word about that. It's a question of who if you could tell me what the next four years ago numbering. Can probably tell you which one would be the best of which two would be the best but the truth is. You don't know Reyna can couldn't anticipate Katrina you know could Kathleen Blanco. You know you you can even tell who the next president's going to be because most people probably going to be Hillary Clinton and that didn't happen so. The truth is when you're the mayor you sign up for whatever comes. You gotta be prepared for whatever comes and maybe that's the test we should ask ourselves as citizens and so what I'm starting to tell people is look. We we the voters are waiting for somebody in this race. Rather it's a councilor at large candidate or district council candidate or more importantly a mayor candidate. To hit a message that resonates. But if they don't do that it's up to the citizens because just one. One of these three is going to be demand here. So that star but that realities of that doesn't inspire voters to get off their back sides and start going on line reading cabinet that has been community advocate or whatever. Whatever you have to do to get more information. About these candidates and and educate yourself. Don't sit back and wait for them to education think about Katrina when everybody got engaged we need to get engaged because. As you'll opened up our discussion this is. A very important election perhaps debates give most important election the last eight years. Since since 2010. The city of new laws so knowing that one of them is gonna be mayor we need to start doing our homework. And maybe our homework is how to we inspire them. That's a great way to put it and they don't aspire us we should inspire them and you know when will we think about some of the low hanging fruit where we have these difficulties with the street repairs over street the other today we have a show about the water bills. I don't know how easy it gets you know as it relates to billing. But that that's an issue there why can't the candidate a candidate grab one and say hey and then when we talk about drainage and you know Condit tees the new show. That the notion though we really don't have to worry about. What the mayor what mayor Landrieu is gonna do between now and May Day. This is a stain on his legacy and he's pouring 55 gallon drums of bleach. On it in order to get it out. And I'm confident actually that they're gonna get it out that these brought in. Some some real expert real experts brilliant minds. Unfortunately though in the interim we are gonna spend gobs and gobs of money. Which is yet gonna be another challenge for the new mayor of the comes. Right and we need to make sure that money's well spent and Mitch is a big fan of he doesn't users were but. I think called after action. In and basically it's a forensic audit. Not only of of the dollars but the operations and an operational audit more than they need a dismal as much as they need and a dollar for dollar audit. Of the social waterboarding you know on an operational audit summit going to say. The structure is all wrong they're not deployed right or whatever. How many times have you seen somebody text you or post on Twitter a photo of six sewage water board employees standing around a one guy. Did you note though that the catch bass you know people sick and tired of that kind image and and she is driving voters crazy and we need to. I'm personally I've been on the show it atomic talker and other shows and everybody else on the station saying. We need to bring a sort of water board back in to City Hall is not a panacea that silver bullet but it will bring more accountability at a minimum. We need to bring drainage. Undersea hall anti drainage into streets if you wanna keep the water and so we're separate. Five to put some council members back on that board so they can oversee it and they can be accountable we need more transparency and more accountability we don't need to privatize a. Always looked at this would it with the level of curiosity. You know it you've got a we of these activities into your organization operationally. And if they're being governed by someone far. You never are able to read it and coordinate. Those activities within Europe TPW you're department of public works. If everything else is over there and has got a hold differing governance structure and everything everything that goes. Are you an arm is an island nation unto itself disorder what what and it just it was all set up took quote get rid of corruption well. Office of the inspector general at Crocker relative notified areas of corruption already an offensive aria and local the day's other can put some people in jail so. It didn't guarantee no corruption human beings are human beings anything can be corrupted. So keep getting out of City Hall doesn't automatically bleach it to use your metaphor about this on Burma street doesn't legion of corruption. But at what it does do is it removes accountability because nobody on the sewage water board is elected so hot where's the accountability. And when we look at you know and I guess that's why it's not pessimism I just don't feel this excitement. You have all of this hold jumble lie of issues that are out there that. Any candidate. Are lowering their fruit like are so articulate to to the nth degree at all ought to be able to just take run with that. Put out a plan talk about how we're gonna change this. How we're gonna weave this into city administration. From an operational standpoint and how we gained the efficiencies necessary. In order to succeed. As a business. Enterprise. You're absolutely right off you articulated perfectly so low hanging fruit. And maybe this is how the citizens can inspire other candidates may be hopefully you what you just said we'll inspire them because it's not like you don't know what you're talking about when it comes to getting elected are. Waging a campaign it is right there and it's not like you got to educate the citizens and say hey folks this is a problem. They know what's the problem they're already angry and upset about it. They just. It's there for a candidate to harness. Harness that anger that frustration and say. I won't fix this event but they got a not to say those words they got to convince people with a real plan that here of the steps and and I promise you if one candidate can do that it will resonate with voters and let's say this is what I'm just the plot along the Iran Iraq. I'm gonna fix the sore tomorrow what we're not gonna have this anymore and. And I don't mean this to be self serving but legacy and in this sense it will be but you know I'll call you on it. In my opening statement on Monday. A refer to our community. Our whole. We have to manages. Take care of it in view that the Steward in good fiduciary. Of this every single bloody day. And we can't we got to set the bar and we have to adopt the mentality that were not willing to accept anything last. And I you know absolutely right and it takes war that studies. It's was what was a who that is so the price of liberty is eternal vigilance we have to constantly look kind of and this is a simplistic metaphor but it is accurate it's like. Mowing your lawn or weeding your garden. It looks great but in a week is gonna need to be cut again the quote we're requires constant attention and constant maintenance raising children. You can't you industries you can brings home one day doesn't mean you've succeeded as the parents you gotta be there throughout. The lifetime it's a lifetime commitment and that's what it takes to be good stewards. Of our community and our homes. Our families and our neighborhoods. It requires constant attention we can never let our guard down we got to always work at it. So when we look at obviously we have what five district. Council races as well as Gentoo at large races of the five district council races. Other anywhere we see. A very heated election organic ice. Several of them and I in fact. So let's slow district it you have several candidates but two that have come before in terms of getting endorsements and attention. Georgia Russo authority and Eileen Clancy they've gotten a lion share of endorsements and they got the most resources so there of those are the names of voters are hearing the most Jerusalem certainly entered the race as an early favorite but with class he has. I think waste of very aggressive very strong campaign that come from different Arenas to Russo is more. What I would call the post-Katrina paradigm he was president elect a few civic association. And my class you can always City Hall so. We are very very stock choices there.