I watched a little of the debate last night. There are a lot of crackpots and idiots running.
Ed Murray -Missed most of what he had to say. “I have experience” seemed to be his theme. “I have been a legislator and a leader in this city.” Yeah, and the current government totally fucking sucks.
Troy Henry – Went on and on about a 5-legged stool. I stopped listening to him, because I was trying to picture what a 5-legged stool looks like. I think he was the one who wanted to give everyone tax credits so that people who would normally qualify for a $72k house could buy a $200k house. I’ve heard that before, and I’m pretty sure it caused 10% unemployment and a total financial meltdown. It could have been Ed Murray that said that, though.
Nadine Ramsey – Looked way out of her league. Said nothing except get the community involved in the police. Great.
James Perry – Looked like an actual candidate. Also looks like Biz Markee. I’m not sure he really said anything of substance though. There is promise there.
Some guy named Lambert – Redneck white guy who will be painted as a good ol’ boy racist, even if he is not one.
Manny Chevrolet – Officially on record as against crime and blight. Funny guy with perfect deadpan delivery, but this city is seriously fucked up.
Some kid named Baschel – A stand up comedian, who is in a wheelchair. Is running on the platform to make the St. Charles Streetcar line handicapped accessible. Might actually make that happen, as he actually offered a legitimate, cost-effective solution: move some accessible cars from the Canal line on to the St. Charles line. Very sad that he had to run for mayor to draw attention to that problem. He seemed serious about that one issue, which is ironic, because you would expect the stand-up to be the joke candidate, and I think this kid actually wants to get the streetcars accessible. Good for him. But Manny Chevrolet is the better comedian by far.
John Georges – Republican in a Democrat’s clothing. Wants to let people buy blighted properties directly, bypassing NORA. I’m not sure who he was talking about, but it sounded like letting developers buy up properties without checks on what they will do with it.
Jerry Jacobs – Wants to legalize pot. Wears a crazy guy’s hat.
Leslie Jacobs – Looks legit. Talked about controlling commercial blight, not just residential blight. UPDATE: Dropped out. I was just starting to like her.
Rob Couhig – Looks like an asshole.
Mitch Landreiu – Slick, smug, polished. In terms of professional politicians, he is the most professionalest.
Also, Norman Robinson: What’s with all the “gotcha” questions? They make you look dumb when you can’t phrase them correctly.