Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Does Arnie mean Eddie?

We shouldn't be all that surprised that Arnie Fielkow isn't running for Mayor.

He clearly doesn't have the stomach for a potentially nasty election. I think the ground for this was laid last February and March when the Councilman couldn't get the votes to pass his contract transparency measure and was totally demoralized. Within days, this widely-circulated rumor was reported by Oyster. He was in full-on sulk mode at the time.

I don't mean for that to sound so disparaging. This is going to be a difficult job for whoever is elected, one that I'd liken to a weekly water-boarding.

I respect the Councilman's decision.

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Everyone is probably abuzz about who might pounce on the opening.

I think the in the short term, it means that Eddie Sapir looks like a lock to run.

I don't know very much about Mr. Sapir.

What has he been doing since he last held elected office?

If you've got background, please provide it in the comments below.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eddie Sapir is one of the most crooked politicians to have ever served office. He extorted every company that wasn't nailed down. He makes Greg Meffert, Morial, Barre, & Sherman Copeland look honest.

oyster said...

I have a good Sapir post in the hopper. Cade inspired me to publish it (tonight).

Anonymous said...

Does it really matter if any of the current batch of council people run for Mayor? Not one of them questioned the MidCity land grabs or demanded public accountability and true public involvement in development of the biomedical corridor. Who do these elected officials believe they are representing? How many communities will find themselves shut out and expendible as the Master Plan unfolds?

E said...

I'm pumped for that post Oyster.

Anonymous said...

Eddie Sapir has a proven record of always doing what is best for New Orleans. As a state rep he co authored the legislation to build the superdome. As a district councilman he voted to pass the public accommodations act. When he stepped down from the council after being elected as a judge he named an AL Davis, the first African American to serve on the council to finish his term. Sapir was a municipal court judge for twenty years where he was tough on crime and helped make the warehouse district what it is today. In 1998 Sapir felt that the city he loved was headed in the wrong direction so he returned to the city council as an at large member and was the “leader” of the council for the eight years that he served. No one else has near the experience on so many levels and a proven ability to get things done. Sapir has always had strong crossover voter base because he did what was right for African Americans when it wasn’t popular. Sapir will know exactly how to work with the council and reopen the lines of communication between the mayor and the council to make New Orleans a great place and how better to help lower the amount of crime and find a new police chief than a former criminal judge.

Sapir has remained scandal FREE for his entire forty year political career. The Times Picayune wrote about how Sapir was the cleanest and most efficient politician in the history of New Orleans you say he is crooked but you can not name a single situation where he was ever accused of any wrongdoing... Sapir doesn't belong to any political group, he just does what is right... he has more experience than everyone else combined and will do an excellent job as mayor. Anyone who as anything bad to say about Sapir has obviously never met him.

Dambala said...

damn. did you cut and paste that, Anon?

mcbrid35 said...

The Anon with the Sapir fixation appears to be the same as this nola.com commenter, "SmartVoterno:"

http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/lt_gov_mitch_landrieu_i_do_not.html#4255728

Frolic said...

I guess somebody is campaigning for Sapir already. (I've got a pretty good guess who it is.)

Jeffrey said...

Sapir is as old school as they come. Let's just say that I have seen him at Monkey Hill snapping the g-string of a girl leaning over the bar.

He's from the same do-nothing Council that we got rid of last go-around, along with Batt, et al. He's a non-starter in my book.

Superdeformed said...

I've never understood why people who proclaim politicians to be crooked but in the same breath will hark on experience in politics as a good thing.

But then again does the system encourage the corrupt to take part or does the system itself corrupt those who partake?

Anonymous said...

Why is there even a discussion of what white guy will run? I would think that with Fielcow out and no other white person in the race, the discussion would be which black candidate is the best? You guys just never give up on your great white hope.

bayoustjohndavid said...

With Riverfront redevelopment, district B and C are the big patronage plums. What are the odds of Sapir running as the unity candidate for Head's seat? Would he be somebody that BOLD could work with? I doubt it will happen but if Brent Mussburger can make a career of saying things like, "underdog team might give favored team all they can handle"...

Anonymous said...

One thing I know is we do not need another business man running our city! I think Ray Nagin proved that loud and clear.We need someone who has a great deal of experience in city government.Someone who truly understands local government inside and out. Someone who can unite the city council and the Mayors office to work together as one unit. All for the good of what I think is the greatest most unique city in this country. Out of all the names that I have been hearing I feal the only man with this kind of experience is Eddie Sapir and I pray to God he decides to run. We need someone with his knowlege and expertise to save NOLA. Eddie please get ready! The future of our wonderful city is counting on someone like you!

bayoustjohndavid said...

This has nothing to with Eddie Sapir, but Nagin didn't prove jack shit. How the f*** can people now say Nagin proved anything, when for years the city's residents and media ignored obvious facts about him. It should have been obvious in 2002 that he was a well-connected political insider with ties to the old pack of cronies*, but we insisted on seeing him as the reformer businessman who was going to clean up city hall. He took at least two purely personal trips, with absolutely nothing to do with city business, between Katrina and the following Thanksgiving, yet people insisted that his incompetence was caused by lack of political skills or experience. By the end of 2005, it was obvious to me that his incompetence was caused by not giving a shit.

I agree about businessmen running for office, partly because I tend to disagree with their politics. Mainly, because businessman who get elected to high office refuse to accept the fact that chief executive means something different in government than it does in business. I've got mixed feeling about James Perry, though I like him more than the other candidates. I can think of valid reasons to not support him, but it pisses me off that people or either consciously or subconsciously dismissing him because of lessons we've supposedly learned from Nagin and Katrina.

*Morial even pointed that the "turn around" of the local Cox franchise, that Nagin took credit for, was due to the contract that Morial gave it. See also.

Anonymous said...

I heard from a good source that Eddie Sapir is running and Eddie Sapir will win this race. No person in this entire city has his experience with local government.

Anonymous said...

If Eddie runs Letten will have a bullseye on his back before he has a chance to move into office. Sapir has to be insane to think that he will be able to walk out of that office, assuming of course he is elected, without going to the federal pen.

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