The New Orleans mayor’s race has flown under the radar here. Part of that is because let’s face it, The Hayride is not in a position to influence that race. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been any entertaining moments so far.
Right now, Desiree Charbonnet is the undisputed front-runner. She has now come under attack from two PACs, Notforsalenola.com and Sidney Torres’s Voice of the People PAC. The attacks are painting Charbonnet as a corrupt politician who uses her office to enrich herself and her cronies.
The mystery surrounding who’s behind the political action committee trying to torpedo the mayoral candidacy of former judge Desiree Charbonnet has ended.
The group includes New Orleans insurance executive Leslie Jacobs, a key figure in statewide education reform efforts, and Lane Grigsby, a Baton Rouge-based construction company leader. Each contributed $40,000 to the Notforsalenola.com PAC. Also donating were business owners Jay Lapeyre of Laitram and Dr. Stuart Phillips, an orthopedic surgeon.
The PAC took in $190,000 in the campaign finance reporting period that ended Wednesday (Oct. 5), according to a filing made late Wednesday — just ahead of the reporting deadline. It spent at least $45,456 on mail pieces that began arriving in homes across New Orleans on Sept. 13. The brochures question Charbonnet’s ties to two local political power brokers, attorney Ike Spears and bail bondsman Blaire Boutte, and her record as a municipal judge.
Jacobs, who ran for New Orleans mayor in 2009 until then Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu entered the race, did not return messages seeking comment.
Many of these same people came together in 2015 to influence the BESE elections in favor of pro-school choice and education reform candidates. However, Charbonnet has not indicated she wants to turn back the clock on New Orleans education.
Unfortunately, Notforsalenola.com doesn’t post their ads on Youtube. However, Voice of the People does and here are the two ads they’re running against Desiree.
The reason why Desiree Charbonnet is under attack is that she is a return to Morial-style corruption in New Orleans. Getting things done in New Orleans will be based on who you know and these businessmen don’t want to be shaken down. In other words, not much change from how it is now.
New Orleans is screwed no matter who is elected mayor because the likely runoff is between Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell. Neither woman has the courage to arrest New Orleans’s decline and indeed both women will make it worse.