Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot water

posted at 12:31 pm on January 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

These days, when you see a story about a big city mayor and a hurricane, you’re expecting to see more jaw flapping from Michael Bloomberg of the Big Apple talking about Sandy. But this weekend we get to bring you a blast from the past. Anybody remember Ray Nagin? For our youngest readers, a brief refresher may be in order. Ray was mayor of New Orleans when Katrina hit, nearly a decade ago. When he felt that the federal emergency management response was neither quick nor competent enough, he made a name for himself by regularly blasting then President Bush.

Nagin said the time has long passed for federal authorities to act on their promises.

“You mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on man,” he said.

He became a darling of the Left, hoisted on the figurative shoulders of the media. He was the little guy who dared to defy the corruption and incompetence of the federal giant. It was a heartwarming tale. Unfortunately for Ray, it’s now alleged that he was helping himself to more than face time with the networks in the aftermath of the storm.

Federal prosecutors today announced a 21-count indictment against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, accused of enriching himself as the city struggled to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Nagin is accused of using the office of mayor to steer city projects to business associates who, in turn, allegedly paid kickbacks and bribes and flew him on lavish free trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas.

Nagin was charged with bribery, honest service wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

If these allegations all prove true in court, Ray was a busy guy during the years his city was rebuilding after the storm. The details tell a series of stories, each one more outlandish than the last. Before the waters had fully receded, the Mayor apparently set up a private account called Stone Age LLC, established as a repository for payments which he probably didn’t want people looking at too closely. According to the suit, he waived delinquent tax bills for someone who provided him with private jets and limos. After awarding a million dollar recovery contract for fixing sidewalks to one business, (and that would be a million dollars of your money, by the way) the company deposited ten grand into his personal account. Another businessman who later pleaded guilty to bribing public officials dropped $112,500 on Nagin.

That’s some pretty sweet work if you can get it.

There’s not much more to say on this one which wouldn’t immediately devolve into the realm of schadenfreude. But if the prosecutors bring home the bacon on this one, it will prove to be a stunning study in hypocrisy. For all of the blustering Nagan did regarding the failures of government while his city was drowning, one wonders how he managed to keep a straight face if he was pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to bail the city out? (Literally, as well as figuratively.)


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cane loader There’d still be the banking collapse in 2008 unless Jindal’s election would solve that as well.

Frankly, Jindal dodged a bullet in 2003 which is why he is still being talked about for President.

Illinidiva on January 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin in hot deep water

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

HAL approves of crooks.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

This isn’t news, it’s business as usual in most City Halls across America.

Who’s the racist bringing charges against Nagin?

fogw on January 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Cajuns are a warm-hearted people with no leadership skills whatsoever, and they don’t care.

It’s the Wild West in our town and nothing gets enforced at all.

Laissez faire.

It’s why Lafayette is the best place I’ve ever lived. It may not look like much in the center of town (I’m looking at you, Acadiana Mall), but the people are so much more fun than anywhere else I’ve been. Cajuns are rednecks, except they trade the self-importance for self-deprecation.

And the women are prettier.

mintycrys on January 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Nagin is accused of using the office of mayor to steer city projects to business associates who, in turn, allegedly paid kickbacks and bribes and flew him on lavish free trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas.

Did, by chance, any of these ‘business associates’ sell School Buses?

percysunshine on January 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Actually, Pee-Wee, it’s this story that is new. This is the very first time in its illustrious history that a Mayor of New Orleans has ever been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. That alone speaks volumes.

You must be so proud of his achievement. I know your Democrat National Media are, because ever since Friday they have desperately been trying to ignore his Party Affiliation. Dr. Goebbels would approve.

Newsbusters:

All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night ran short items on the federal corruption indictments against the bumbling former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, but skipped his party affiliation, a fact Reuters considered newsworthy – if not until their sixth paragraph: “Nagin, 56, and a Democrat…”

When in 2008 Senator Ted Stevens was indicted on corruption-related charges, the very first word in ABC News’s headline was “Republican.” And the R-word was mentioned four more times in the story.

But when ABC’s Good Morning America ran a segment this morning on the indictment on charges of corruption of Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans, it never revealed—either by spoken word or screen graphic—that Nagin is a Democrat. Note that this was not some short news blip: GMA took a full minute-and-a-half to tell the story, but couldn’t find a few seconds to mention Nagin’s party affiliation.

Thanks for playing!

HAL-

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

It is so sad.

We have come so far as a nation.

But it really does look like America is going to put y’all Nagins in chains.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

This isn’t news, it’s business as usual in most City Halls across America.

fogw on January 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Sadly true. It only comes to light when it becomes simply outrageous.

90% of what people like Blago and Nagin did IS common practice and illegal. But that 10%? Well it tips the scales and then certain people are forced to take a look.

But your central point is entirely correct.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

He’ll be seeing chocolate bars soon.

Mr. Arrogant on January 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Nagin needs to be handcuffed to a STOP sign and:

PUBLICLY SET ON FIRE!!

…..with a “film at 11:00″….

williamg on January 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Your post have become so silly. You have condemned yourself to irrelevance.

itsspideyman on January 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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I don’t believe any one here is complaining about this.

In fact, we’re appauding this. We can at least do that much, can’t we?

listens2glenn on January 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM

. . . . . Cajuns are a warm-hearted people with no leadership skills whatsoever, and they don’t care.

It’s the Wild West in our town and nothing gets enforced at all.

Laissez faire.

cane_loader on January 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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It’s why Lafayette is the best place I’ve ever lived. It may not look like much in the center of town (I’m looking at you, Acadiana Mall), but the people are so much more fun than anywhere else I’ve been. Cajuns are rednecks, except they trade the self-importance for self-deprecation.

And the women are prettier.

mintycrys on January 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

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It sounds like the kind of atmospere I’d like in my part of the country.

Prettier women, I can deal with. : )

But what about the men? Do they all look like C.J. Carville ?

listens2glenn on January 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Wait, the Obama/Holder justice department is gonna prosecute a brother?

Color me skeptical.

HondaV65 on January 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I live in NOLA.

Let me tell you – after Katrina, Louisianans collectively decided we could no longer afford Dimmocrits in public office. Now – we couldn’t turn the Mayor’s Office in NOLA red, but we sure as hell kicked out the Dims just about everywhere else. Hopefully, we’ll get Mary Landrieu out of office this year and that will leave ONE Dimmocrit representing Louisiana on Capitol Hill – the criminal Congressman for New Orleans.

Sooooo … Louisiana has pretty much cleaned house. Anyone wants to know who was the blame for the Katrina mess – well, according to OUR VOTES since then, it was the impotent leadership of the Dims.

Ray Nagan, right after the storm wanted his “Chocolate City” back. Why? Clearly because ole Ray thought his own people were so stupid they’d support him even while he stole the money out of their pockets. He was right – and I have no doubt his Chocolate City will come to his rescue.

HondaV65 on January 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

HondaV65 on January 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Cajun? Figgers.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA troll bi5thing over things I can’t do anything about, like getting girls to like me. What else is new?

HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

CurtZHP on January 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Old/busted:
 

Will multiple states’ non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare?

 
Its time to roll out the single payer. This is the best way to control cost and ensure all Americans are getting the best health care available to them.
 
HotAirLib on November 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

 
New hotness:
 

Yawn!!! Just another day of the irrelevant HA crowd bi5thing over things they can’t do anything about. What else is new?
 
HotAirLib on January 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

rogerb on January 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Typical black democrat politician.

tom daschle concerned on January 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

HAL is funny.

22044 on January 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Don’t forget cute, too!

Anti-Control on January 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Farfel’s going down.

PortlandJon on January 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Why are all black mayors corrupt?

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Why are ALL democrat run governments at ALL levels corrupt almost ALL of the time?

And how do these bozos including Ubama get reelected?

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

HondaV65 on January 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Cajun? Figgers.

CorporatePiggy on January 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Being/claiming to be a Cajun has pretty much become a state of mind instead of the technically true definition which is a traced ancestry to Acadie.

I don’t know about now, but 30 years ago, few if any real Cajuns would be found alive in New Orleans except maybe to get drunk or conduct business.

Now, Creoles on the other hand… that’s New Orleans… and there’s white Creoles and Black Creoles.

Gets my dander up when people – mostly Yankees – associate anything and all things Louisiana and Cajun with New Orleans.

Blech.

I can claim Cajun ancestry. I can also claim Creole and Islenos ancestry… and, by Federal law, I am a minority! Cajuns are a white racial minority as determined/accepted by law.

Just because Honda lives in the pimple of Louisiana doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a Cajun.

Frankly I hope he’s not! ;)

Logus on January 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Why are all black mayors corrupt?

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Excuse me?! What rock did you just crawl out from under?

Logus on January 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The Nagin story reminds me of Kwame in Detroit but with the addfed hurricane.
All black mayors are not corrupt but what looks like the Big 3………Marion Barry (sp? sorry), Kwame Kilpatrick and Nagin are really all we need.

ORconservative on January 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Why are all black mayors corrupt?
Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Excuse me?! What rock did you just crawl out from under?
Logus on January 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The one Obama removed from my eyes.

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

….All black mayors are not corrupt but what looks like the Big 3………Marion Barry (sp? sorry), Kwame Kilpatrick and Nagin are really all we need.
ORconservative on January 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM….

Can you prove that assertion?

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

ALL Black Mayors ARE Corrupt and they are Stealing MOSTLY from Black People.

Here is what need to happen to him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jAR-psXnUQ

williamg on January 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Time to retire Moon Landrieu’s kids Mary and Mitch.

Christien on January 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Ahh yeah, Mary and Mitch. Half Moon, and Quarter Moon.

soundingboard on January 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Nagin is accused of using the office of mayor to steer city projects to business associates who, in turn, allegedly paid kickbacks and bribes and flew him on lavish free trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas.

Shocker. This never happens in big-city politics that Democrat machines have run for generations.

Good Lt on January 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Ahh yeah, Mary and Mitch. Half Moon, and Quarter Moon.

soundingboard on January 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

I have actually heard some good things about Quarter Moon. But, considering that he’s N.O. mayor, there are probably a lot more bad things I’m not hearing.

cane_loader on January 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

He did say he was going to make it a chocolate city.

trs on January 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Was it a chocolate indictment?

jake49 on January 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM

The only thing surprising about this story is the fact that the feds are actually prosecuting Nagin.

Guess he didn’t provide enough of a kickback to Eric and Barry.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yes, this is interesting. Corrupt democrats don’t quite believe the authorities would dare to act against them.

Nagin probably figures that the feds have nothing that couldn’t be solved with a presidential pardon (or Justice department intervention).

virgo on January 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Nagin needs to be handcuffed to a STOP sign and:

PUBLICLY SET ON FIRE!!

…..with a “film at 11:00″….

williamg on January 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

That’s a little too harsh. Handcuff him to the STOP sign the furthest below sea level in New Orleans right before the next hurricane blows in. Maybe he will beg Gov. Jindal for a pardon.

Steve Z on January 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

When in 2008 Senator Ted Stevens was indicted on corruption-related charges, the very first word in ABC News’s headline was “Republican.” And the R-word was mentioned four more times in the story.

But when ABC’s Good Morning America ran a segment this morning on the indictment on charges of corruption of Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans, it never revealed—either by spoken word or screen graphic—that Nagin is a Democrat. Note that this was not some short news blip: GMA took a full minute-and-a-half to tell the story, but couldn’t find a few seconds to mention Nagin’s party affiliation.

Did any of the network news shows show a photograph of Nagin, that shows that he’s…er…chocolate? Or will we hear from the President that the Nawlins prosecutors acted stupidly?

Steve Z on January 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Neither the Associated Press, nor any newspapers which publish AP stories, bothered to mention that Ray Nagin is and always has been a DEMOCRAT.

J Baustian on January 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Where is Edwin Edwards when the Chocolate Man needs him? You just can’t take the N out of Ns.

philoise65 on January 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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