Prosecutors recently indicted Former Democratic Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, on charges of bribery, money laundering and more. Ray Nagin was mayor of NOLA during the Hurricane Katrina event, and was front and center in the “Katrina-was-Bush’s-fault” aftermath.
Rush Limbaugh affectionately refers to the former mayor as “School Bus” Ray Nagin, for the fact that thousands of city school buses were idled at the bus yard not being used to shuttle residents out despite Federal and State officials issuing an evacuation days before landfall. Oh well, I guess it was Bush’s fault.
After Katrina, the media, and the left’s political machine thrust Nagin into the spotlight where he demanded that the Feds “get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.” I guess school buses can’t take people over the age of 18. Those people require the comforts and amenities only a Greyhound bus can provide whilst trying to flee the aftermath of a deadly hurricane; Once again, its Bush’s fault.
Nagin further proclaimed that NOLA would become a “chocolate city” as they rebuild bigger, better, and apparently with a sweet confection (take that Hershey, PA.) I guess the lack of all cities being made of chocolate is also Bush’s fault. I don’t even want to get started on what the media would have to say if the Mayor of Boise, ID proclaimed that he would be rebuilding his city out of Ivory.
So, while the city tried to become the first one of sweet deliciousness he was also accepting bribes and freebies for his family business in the rebuilding effort in NOLA. Prosecutors also charged him with accepting payoffs for handing out city contracts, and getting vacations, limousines, and even cell phone service paid for by local businessmen.
NOLA, of course, was also home to Representative William Jefferson – the Democratic representative who ordered the National Guard to whisk him, and his freezer, away in a helicopter. Why his freezer? Because there was $90,000 in cold, hard cash (literally) in there. The cash was only part of the half-million dollar bribery scheme he was a part of to negotiate business deals in Africa, for which he received a 13-year Federal prison sentence.
Corruption seems to be a way of life for some politicians, and those in New Orleans seem to be taking the mantle of corrupt politician very seriously. From Huey Long and the rise of the Louisiana political machine there has never been a lack of corrupt politicians in the city of NOLA – and unfortunately for the left, they cannot blame it on Bush.