You get what you vote for

We’ve had a little rain around here for the last couple of days. We also held a local and statewide election on Saturday. The election was frankly a big giant dud. A belly flop into that water that’s been blocking half the city for the last two days. Some change, hopefully for the better, but still not enough to matter in the big picture. Voter apathy ruled the day, especially in Orleans Parish.

I find it almost cosmic that the areas that generally got the worst of the flooding yesterday were the ones that deserved it. Yeah that’s right, I said they deserved it. The West Bank of Jefferson Parish and New Orleans East still had standing water (or flowing in some cases) Tuesday, almost 24 hours since the heaviest rains fell. Do I know that people who lost personal property were deserving? No I do not. But I also know that every New Orleanian isn’t on welfare but that’s the way we are still portrayed in the national media. Life isn’t fair sometimes, just the way the world works.

I say that those areas are deserving because of that dud of an election on Saturday. Because those areas, above all others in this city, voted the status quo.

Aaron Broussard basically flooded the east bank of Jefferson all by himself during Katrina. He lied on national TV about circumstances dealing with a family friend. He has been in charge for 20 years in Jefferson Parish. How are those pumps on the westbank working Aaron? Who cares, lets re-elect him anyway.

Jackie Clarkson main base is Algiers on the Orleans portion of the West Bank. Did anyone see the dudes going down General DeGaulle is a pirogue? She’s in the runoff for Orleans Parish Council-At-Large. She has been an elected official for over 20 years as well. Nice job with the pumping system in your area Jackie.

Cynthia Willard-Lewis is councilperson for District E, which covers almost all of New Orleans East. She ran for Council at large as well and is the Lady in Red’s opponent in the runoff. How you doing with those pumps in New Orleans East CWL? You’re on top of things out there aren’t you? Yeah we can tell. I won’t even go into the East having no flood protection two years after Katrina.

John Alario was term limited in the House. So he decided to move on over to the Senate. Alario has served the West Bank since Edwin Edwards’s days. He supposedly “brings home the bacon” according to the local talking head FOOLS passing themselves off as “analyst”. Yes he certainly has brought adequate pumping capacity and flood protection to the West Bank. He’s now a new member of the State Senate after Saturday’s election.

Westbank-ers, New Orleans East-ers, you voted for em, you get what you voted for. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing.

8 Comments so far

  1. Frolic (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    Jefferson Parish’s reelection of Broussard makes me a little less ashamed about us reelecting Nagin. I mean Nagin is failing in recovery, but at least he didn’t cause the disaster.

  2. jenseninc (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    Being a Jefferson Parish resident I ask: voting for change for the sake of change is the way to go? If so, then you’re the typical voter who votes on emotion versus what’s best for the public in general. So your house flooded and you blame Brousard for not having the pump operators stay to risk their lives protecting what you should have insurance on to begin with. And news flash genius…you live below sea level in a part of the country that finds itself in the path of an occasional hurricane. And before you start in with the, “You don’t know what it was like…” yeah I do! My house had the roof shingles and felt vacuumed off 70% of it allowing the 14 inches of rain to pour in flooding the house from the top down. There was no cutting the first four feet of sheet rock out and reworking the baseboards and floors…it was a total gut. But back to the election. Who was Al Leone? Google his name for a laugh. You’ll learn more about a pianist in CT named Al Leone than Al for Parish President. Hell I’m glad Ray Nagin didn’t run against Brousard! You all would have pushed that button too just because it wasn’t Aaron. He’s made the adjustments with the safe houses and will be able to accomplish more with his experience than Al and Bruce could do together. And in the end it was not more of the same old same old…the Westbank no longer has to settle for what the Eastbank feels is best for both of us. We have a voice of our own so learn to listen.

  3. Skeeter88 (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    I suspect that “low” voter turnout is the result of analysts believing that all residents are registered voters. Mexican workers receive mail but don’t vote.

  4. DanF (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 7:26 am

    Yes Jensen, I do think Leone was a better candidate. I did listen and did my research. Im not a Jeff Parish resident, so Broussards actions or inactions had no effect on me. Broussards “experience” has gotten you what so far? I sure know Aaron’s pockets are flush with green paper.

  5. God (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm


    You are quite right, I punished those folks due to the election outcomes. Are you curious about my reasoning behind Katrina, 9-11, the Holocaust, and paper cuts?



  6. Dan F (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm


    I didn’t think you did such things. It was rain, I thought that was Al Gore’s fault.

    I am not curious about those things because I know that George Bush had remote control planes fly into the twin towers, Holocaust? What’s that? Did it even exist? and I know that paper cuts are caused by the Band-Aid corporation so we all have to buy more band-aids.

    Thanks for reading lil ole Dan’s Blog though God, it makes me feel much more worthy.

  7. Dean Martin (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    I agree that the election on Saturday was a dud, but old school pols can hardly control the sea level of their districts. The pumps are only engineered to remove an inch of water an hour, they just won’t work when we have rain like we did the other day.

    CWL, Donelon, Clarkson, Alario, Shepherd, Jefferson, Nagin, the Hat, Oliver Thomas, Broussard…this area could hardly do worse electing politicians. The voting public sort of deserves what it gets…good and hard.

    Bobby, I have great hope for your ethics reforms.

    Letten, keep fighting the good fight. Besides loving this city with all my heart, you’re the only reason I still live here.

  8. Therese (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    I think that the worst crime was people voting for that Blanco clone, Jindal.

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