Skip to comments.TV ads are touting heroism (New Orleans politicians try to score points post-Katrina)
Posted on 03/25/2006 2:14:08 PM PST by Libloather
TV ads are touting heroism
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Saturday, March 25, 2006
By Gordon Russell and Frank Donze - Staff writers
TV commercials that attempt to spotlight politicians' acts of heroism in the anarchy of post-Katrina New Orleans have become a staple -- some might say an unfortunate one -- of the current campaign.
Mayor Ray Nagin, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Audubon Nature Institute chief executive Ron Forman, among others, all have sought to score points by reminding voters that they were here, doing the Lord's work, in the darkest of days.
But none of the mayoral contenders has gone quite as far as Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who, in a spot that began airing this week, all but suggests he was wearing a cape.
Gusman's ad quotes heavily from a Sept. 9 letter from Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, who portrays Gusman in a manner that borders on worshipful. The ad shows Gusman standing amid floodwaters in a pair of bright red shorts.
"Finally, now that the evacuation is over, we can laugh now at you in the rubber boots and short pants," Cain wrote. "Warden Vannoy will never forget how both of you plunged into the water chest deep with a cutting torch to cut the bars so that the female prisoners could be evacuated.
"You are to be commended for your courage and for being the last man out, you and Chief Short. I will never forget your struggle that night, Thursday, I believe it was, to find shelter for your deputies. It all finally worked out."
Cain signed off: "So many memories -- enough for a lifetime."
(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...
reminding voters that they were here, doing the Lord's work, in the darkest of days.
Yah, and the Lord's watching, too.
Nagin declared martial law, which he had no authority to do. He just declared it.
They then went house-to-house confiscating guns, including the granny which the LE's bum rushed on tv.
They ripped a empty pistol from her hands, and drove her to the ground. Then arrested her. Like 5 guys gave her the bum's rush. It's all over the web, including Nagin's declaration of martial law.
I have a special stash of 12 guage slugs, and will activate them willingly, if that happens in florida.
Live free or die.
Mayor Ray Nagin......
-------is an idiot.