Former New Orleans mayor guilty of graft in Katrina recovery

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Badjaccs wrote:

Shocking just shocking! A corrupt politician! I can hardly believe it

Feb 12, 2014 2:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

gee what a surprise…

Feb 12, 2014 2:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

Why is it that the story leaves out the party affiliation of Ray Nagin. Did you not think it news worthy to note that Mr. Nagin is a democrat?

Feb 12, 2014 2:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
scarl3 wrote:

4825: Why exactly is that relevant? I’m not saying it isn’t, but why? I would seriously hope your reasoning isn’t that you’re a Republican and you just want a reason to blame Democrats for something.

And it goes both ways, I don’t see why it would be relevant to note if he were a republican either.

Feb 12, 2014 2:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

When it is an elected official who is convicted of corruption charges, the fines and sentences should both be DOUBLED!

Lawmakers, you should try earning your keep for a change and put some new laws on the books that might do some good for a change!!!!

Feb 12, 2014 3:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dr_Steve wrote:

No biggie. Corruption is part and parcel of Louisiana culture.

Feb 12, 2014 3:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lag46 wrote:

Mr Nagan, his administration, and their predecessors also committed acts which resulted in the waste of taxpayer dollars and the death of numerous New Orleans citizens. New Orleans reaped the benefit of FEMA dollars to fund emergency management positions, develop emergency plans, train planners and responders, procure and maintain equipment and exercise the plans and responders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was apparent the response was bungled. What never materialized was an investigation of whether the documentation of planning, training and exercises submitted to obtain and validate the FEMA funds was fraudulent. If not fraud, it was certainly a waste in view of the dismal lack of preparedness.

Feb 12, 2014 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lag46 wrote:

Mr Nagan, his administration, and their predecessors also committed acts which resulted in the waste of taxpayer dollars and the death of numerous New Orleans citizens. New Orleans reaped the benefit of FEMA dollars to fund emergency management positions, develop emergency plans, train planners and responders, procure and maintain equipment and exercise the plans and responders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was apparent the response was bungled. What never materialized was an investigation of whether the documentation of planning, training and exercises submitted to obtain and validate the FEMA funds was fraudulent. If not fraud, it was certainly a waste in view of the dismal lack of preparedness.

Feb 12, 2014 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cfulbright wrote:

But Bush was bad, and this guy was a saint. Remember that coverage?

Feb 12, 2014 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:

4824 wrote: Why is it that the story leaves out the party affiliation of Ray Nagin. Did you not think it news worthy to note that Mr. Nagin is a democrat?

So what? Christie is Republican and look at the mess he’s in. Where is your innuendo now?

Graft and corruption doesn’t follow political party lines, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation preferences, gender or religious affiliation.

Feb 12, 2014 4:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Bobbie Jindal is probably involved here someplace or another.
Actually, any politician in Louisiana s probably in on the scam.
Would anybody out there buy a used car from a Louisiana politician?

Feb 12, 2014 4:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

Trouble is, he’s only the tip of the iceberg. The amount of money fed into that city since Katrina would make every citizen nearly a millionaire. Sad fact is most of it disappeared to corruption.

Feb 12, 2014 4:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@The_Traveler

The difference is that Reuters always states that Christie is a Republican in their articles. If it is a Republican doing the corruption it is almost always in the headline or the first few sentences. If it is a Democrat it is buried or absent as it is in this article. There is definitely a bias. You are completely right though that corruption is rampant in both parties.

Feb 12, 2014 4:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@The_Traveler’ The point is that it should be stated no matter which side. It certainly has been with Christie every time a story comes out. If it does not matter for one then it should not matter for the other. Any political corruption is too much in my book. I think we are seeing more corruption due to a decay in morals in this country.

Feb 12, 2014 5:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DoxaPar wrote:

It should be noted as well that while the accusations against Christie are significant, thus far, he hasn’t been shown at all to have done anything either unethical or illegal. I’d say that’s a pretty significant difference. It is possible that he knew what was happening within his administration but as time goes on without either evidence or witnesses it seems less and less likely.

While it’s possible that there is a “smoking gun” out there somewhere it seems unlikely at this point. Someone would probably have come forth already.

So yes, it does make a difference. Reuters fails to mention the party affiliation of a convicted felon but is eager to mention the party affiliation of someone merely accused of wrong-doing.

Feb 12, 2014 5:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:

As someone who helped w the recovery effort in 2007, my only thought is DUH. Glad he got caught, that city needed and still needs all the help it can get. What a ******* scumbag.

Feb 12, 2014 5:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
indymind wrote:

Ray sold his soul and liberty for a few bucks. Dumb but, from what we saw in his inept running of NOLA it comes as no surprise.

Feb 12, 2014 6:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:

Wouldn’t it be great if Obama was next in line to be prosecuted for corruption.

Feb 12, 2014 6:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:

Wouldn’t it be great if Obama was next in line to be prosecuted for corruption.

Feb 12, 2014 6:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SilentBoy741 wrote:

“Washington, get off your asses and send us some help! ‘Course we’ll also accept a nice big fat check, Youknow’msayin’?”

Feb 12, 2014 7:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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