Poor numbers for Marlin Gusman as likely clash with Foti approaches
Written by  // Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:39 //

gusmanWhile New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, his police chief Ronal Serpas and District attorney Leon Canizzaro continue to do well in the polls, one elected official who appears to be struggling as the election season approaches is Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.


Gusman, has had his difficulties since Hurricane Katrina due to the lack of prison funding.  He has been  in public dispute with Landrieu and has suffered embarrassments over a recently-released video tape of prisoner activities.  

In the Google Hangout interview this week, I discussed Gusman and the relevant survey findings  with University of New Orleans professor, Edward Chervenak,  and for now, things are not very pretty.

It appears Gusman will be challenged by former sheriff and ex-Louisiana Attorney General  Charles Foti, who has not formally declared but who has told me and others that he is running.

Months away from the election, a dismal one-third of those surveyed approve of Gusman’s  job performance with 56% disapproving.

However, Chevernak noted that Gusman has received strong cross-over  support in the past, should not be counted out and could counter that Foti is responsible for the institutionalized dysfunction of the position due to his own long-term longevity as criminal sheriff.

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