Friday, November 16, 2007

Coordinated Cheryl Gray Hit-job

That certain neighborhoods may or may not have received a racially loaded David Williams attack pamphlet targeting Cheryl Gray is no longer necessary as a smoking gun of sorts. The coordination of what now amounts to several nearly identical attack pamphlets from a plethora of Republican and Jefferson-tied agents seems to not have been hidden very well.

Thursday's T-P
indicates that the David Williams attack mirrors that of an earlier mailing from the Jefferson-Bullock people:

Williams said the mailer was not intended as an endorsement of Jefferson-Bullock, but it happens to cite the same two bills that were listed in an earlier mail piece paid for by someone with apparent ties to the Jefferson camp.

Trouble is, both fliers incorrectly match the bill numbers with the language they quote as examples of why, according to the authors, Gray is fighting for the "rights of criminals" rather than the general public.

Indeed, the mailers make the exact same mistake.

In one case, the mailers point to House Bill 1146 from the 2006 regular session, which according to the state Legislature's Web site corresponds with a measure amending the definition of "bird." The other measure listed, House Bill 1142 from the 2007 regular session, matches no bill at all.

Then, yesterday, while investigating suspicions that the Williams attack mailing was targeted to white neighborhoods, I uncovered a similar smear pamphlet from another individual:

The above piece is from Republican State Rep. Ernest Wooton from Plaquemines Parish. That's the same Ernest Wooton that had been a Democrat as recently as 2006, is up for reelection in 2007, and whose seat is considered to be vulnerable.

Now, this morning, Oyster posted a letter from a reader describing yet another attack on Cheryl Gray:

Has the two house bill #'s, 1146 & 1142 & says S.G. wants young, violent street criminals released eary & put back on our streets & wants to abolish capital punishment for murderers, aggravated armed robbers & aggravated rapists under 18 years of age.

Well, that IS very interesting. Because those two house bills (1146 and 1142) are the same WRONG ones used in the David Williams and earlier Jefferson-Bullock mailings.

Remember, from the T-P:

In one case, the mailers point to House Bill 1146 from the 2006 regular session, which according to the state Legislature's Web site corresponds with a measure amending the definition of "bird." The other measure listed, House Bill 1142 from the 2007 regular session, matches no bill at all.

It's so easy to just kind of smirk this off:

"Oh, well that's New Orleans politics for ya!"

I know that. I know that's what politics in Louisiana and New Orleans has been for hundreds of years. I know. That sucks. I know.

"They'll all screw us over in the end, so whatever!"

Yes I know. All politicians are awful, I know.

These attitudes prevail because people believe that they are incapable of making changes. In so many cases they have been right. But this is a real opportunity. Cheryl Gray may indeed end up hurting our feelings one day. But the Jefferson Machine already has. Progressive New Orleans, New Orleans folks that believe government should be ethical and transparent, neighbors that believe that campaigns should not be decided by racial smear tactics and back-room hit-job alliances must make a statement on election day tomorrow. A progressive movement for clean governance of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the United States must start somewhere: be a part of it.

While I expect Cheryl Gray to win easily, I hope that nobody who has read Oyster, Celcus, or myself on a regular basis will be sitting on their ass and assuming the election results will come in favorably.

I'm voting.

And I've signed up to phone bank for Cheryl Gray on election day.

A simple victory will not feel the same as a landslide blowout.

So come phone bank with me. Or sign wave. Or talk to your neighbors.

1 comment:

Nick said...

HB 1142 during the 2006 Regular Session:

"Provides for parole eligibility for any person prosecuted as an adult and who was a juvenile at the time offense was committed"

HB 1142 was authored by Cheryl Gray. She also authored SB 400 last year, which sought to accomplish the same thing.

So while the anti-Gray campaigns obviously did not do their proper editing, they were right about one thing, Cheryl Gray has a record of fighting for the rights of juvenile murderers and violent rapists. The only way a 15 or 16 yr. old in LA can be tried and convicted as an adult is a case of murder or aggrivated rape.

What about the rights of the victims and their families?

At 15, you damn well know what murder is, and if tried and convicted as an adult, you should spend the rest of your life in prison, despite what the bleeding heart criminal rights activists like Cheryl Gray, J.P. Morrell and Walt Leger think.