Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Scandal-Plagued New Orleans Public Official Resigns

The District Attorney for the City of New Orleans, Eddie Jordan, has resigned.

From the Times-Picayune:

As District Attorney Eddie Jordan descended last week to his moment of greatest political vulnerability, a group of prominent business leaders met with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to craft an exit strategy for the beleaguered prosecutor -- one that chiefly involved giving him a soft landing in a private sector job, sources familiar with the talk said Tuesday.

They knew the $3.7 million legal debt Jordan's office -- the result of a jury verdict ruling that he racially discriminated against white employees -- faced a seizure of the office's assets and disruption of his staff's salaries. Jay Lapeyre, the president of the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, acknowledged that business leaders, Nagin and Jordan discussed finding the district attorney -- his professional reputation deeply scarred -- a way to make a living after leaving office.

"Mr. Jordan has some skills," he said. "The challenge was to match those skills up for some period of time. That is what we tried to work through.

I decided to highlight that last part because it made me smirk when I read it.

I wish this fixed everything right away, but it doesn't. It should make it easier to find a solution for paying out the 3.7 million dollar lawsuit settlement that Eddie Jordan burdened us with before he left.

I think it was very nice of everyone to hold this all up for weeks just to make sure a prominent city business could find enough room to stash Mr. Jordan where he won't screw anything up and could still have a title prestigious enough to cushion his ego.

It's not everyday that a New Orleans public official resigns after being incessantly dogged by charges of corruption and/or incompetence.

Normally they just stay in office for ever and ever.

In our wildest fantasies Eddie Jordan is a trend-setter.

Would our beloved business leaders (are they the only ones able to negotiate anything with the mayor?) please maybe work on some cushy private sector jobs for any one of the following:

State Senator Derrick Sheppard

US Congressman William Jefferson

Mayor C. Ray Nagin

These guys are also guilty of poisoning the business environment here, no? If you can find a job for Eddie Jordan you can find one for these fellas too.

Derrek, William, C. Ray, take a hint.
Eddie Jordan was the city's most-maligned public official yesterday. Y'all stand in a line right next to ya boy.

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