Did anyone else find Nagin's response to the Fielkow/Midura letter utterly absurd? Especially the "I hope this gets you the media pop yo so desperately crave" line? Pot, meet kettle.
No one craves the spotlight more than Nagin. Why else would he so publicly waffle about whether or not he would even show up to the council meeting? This guy would club baby seals with puppies if he thought it would get him some good camera time. He is apparently a subscriber to the any publicity is good publicity school of thought. Well Clarence, I am here to tell you that just ain't so. Let's say that, in your former life at Cox back before you went bat-shit nuts, the cable converters started blowing up and killing people. Would you be beating the "keeps our brand out there" drum? I think not.
In the same vein, a high murder rate keeping the "New Orleans Brand" out there, not good. A mayor who is descending further and further into madness and pulling us down with him? also not good. You saying that you're "sick and tired" of being scrutinized? Really, really not good. You are a politician at the helm of a city that is accepting billions of dollars in recovery money from tax payers who, if they had their druthers, would put up a wall and turn the whole place into a penal colony ala Escape from New York.
There are people out here that are really sick and really tired. Sick because the stress of rebuilding their lives takes a heavy toll, and tired because we constantly have to explain why we aren't further along collectively with the recovery. All we can do is try to make our little corner of New Orleans right. I'm not saying you have to do it all by yourself, but please delegate the responsibility responsibly.
Your smugness, incompetence and outright lies are not helping us out. This is not the brand we want out there. Throw in the towel, make the decision that is right for the city for the first time in 3 years.