Ray Nagin Out As New Orleans Mayor, Succeeded By Landrieu

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Frustrated by term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin's leadership of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to succeed him Saturday, turning to a political scion to speed up the city's recovery.

Landrieu, 49, became the majority-black city's first white mayor since 1979, the year his father Moon left the office. The mayor-elect, a moderate Democrat, won in a landslide over a field of 10 opponents in a campaign that concluded as Carnival celebrations and preparations for the New Orleans Saints' appearance in the Super Bowl took place.

Landrieu's victory party was a nod to both: the ballroom of a the Roosevelt hotel - recently reopened after a post-Katrina restoration - was festooned with Saints-themed black and gold balloons. A roving brass band played Mardi Gras tunes and he prefaced his victory speech by leading the crowd in the Saints' "Who Dat" cheer.

"We're all going together and we're not leaving anybody behind," he shouted to a jubilant crowd as family members, including his father and his sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, stood beside him.

With all of the precincts reporting, Landrieu had 66 percent of the vote.

The campaign also focused on the city's violent crime and slumping finances. Landrieu, who lost to Nagin in a runoff four years ago, was a welcome change for some voters who grew frustrated with the city's current mayor. Little known outside New Orleans before Katrina, Nagin became a central, and sometimes controversial figure, in the city's struggle to recover. Though he won re-election as he courted black voters in the 2006 campaign, Nagin notoriously pledged after the hurricane that New Orleans would be a "chocolate city" again, offending many whites.

Polls showed his popularity fell sharply in the years after the storm.

"I certainly don't want another Ray Nagin - a businessman," said Charlotte Ford, a 76-year-old semi-retiree and registered Republican who voted for Landrieu. "They balk instead of finding out what works, how the system works."

Ursula Murphy and her husband, Bill, voted early so they could avoid traffic caused by the parades. Both cast votes for Landrieu. "After eight years of negative, we're going to see some positive," Bill Murphy said.

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  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    "Obama Snake Oil Co", you are exactly right. It was Nagin and the very forgetable and ineffective governor at the time that failed the people of New Orleans. The difference is, Nagin was black and was not held accountable although he was the most to blame. The former governor was white and although she was a complete waste as well, she was less culpable than Nagin, yet she was drummed out of office. Worst of all, the idiot dumocrats and the backside kissing, politically correct main stream media were allowed to blame Bush for the mess and still are getting away with it. Leadership at the state and local level was a complete failure. Nagin was the worst, but was given a pass because he is black and we are not supposed to say anything when he is absolutely out of his depth of ability to handle the position that he holds because it will offend.
  • by Eddie Location: Chocowinity on Feb 8, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    dale reason, This happens because it has been drummed into our heads for so many years. It is called political correctness, and it stinks!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    I guess black folk get away with racism
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 8, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    Well I see Im still on the barred list, and WITN still sucks!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    Isn't he the same mayor that left school buses that could have been used to take people out of New Orleans? Wasn't his poor planning of putting those that survived in the Saints dome without water? The same guy that blamed the government of the US for his failures? The guy that cost the US billions of dollars and nothing to really show for it?
  • by dale reason on Feb 7, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    Just wondering how black people can put down white people in any way but if white people say anything wrong it is racism.can you say reverse racism,or is it any such word.feel free to e mail me.if you have the answer.if not do not be scared of the truth.please print this.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 7, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Maybe this will be Obama in 2 years and 9 months.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 7, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Mayor Nagin may have to settle for "cappuccino" city.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 7, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    It is amazing how the socialist utopians can twist facts to make their utopian fantasies appear to be true. These white, egg-headed apologists fantasize so strongly about a post racial society that only exists in their narrow minds. African-americans reject your post racial society garbage because they don't want a seat at the table, they already have that, they want the table. European-americans with common sense know this and feel the seat at the table is enough and don't want to give up their seat to satisfy the barack obumas, al sharptons and jesse jacksons of the world. If Ray Nagin, a moron, wasn't term limited, he would have been re-elected by the black people of New Orleans. They love his racial, verbal bomb throwing and lets face it, black voters have never let the fact that a black politician was a moron keep them from voting for them. The black vote was split several ways. Why don't you just tell the truth, white people were sick of Ray Nagin, but that's not new news.
  • by roughrider83 on Feb 7, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    Now THAT'S change we can believe in!!! In the immortal words of former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, "Obama, YOU'RE NEXT!!!"
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