Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board, the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, the Louisiana Fire Prevention board of Review and more:
The sudden statement from Arnie Fielkow, former New Orleans Saints executive and currently the New Orleans Councilman-At-Large is a loss for the city and state but a win for the National Basketball Retired Players Association..
Fielkow announced today that he would be taking the CEO spot for the NBA crowd.
no, thanks, really, you’re too kind, but i really must decline the new orleans interim city council seat. i’m so overbooked already…and then, of course, there’s also the crappy pay…
but, since i am unable to accept the offer, allow me a moment to share some unique insights with prospective nominees for the position.
as a political campaign strategist and consultant over the past two decades i’ve seen what these cats have to deal with up close, and it ain’t pretty. for example:
Senator Rob Marionneaux is hanging around as a possible candidate for Governor. Of late, he's continued to tout a mystery poll he has commissioned to test his strength:
Marionneaux , D-Livonia, said he is waiting for the results of a poll he commissioned before he decides. Marionneaux wouldn't say who is conducting the poll, but he said it was designed to "test Jindal's strength and or weaknesses and what is on the minds of voters across the state."Known for his support of a statewide indoor smoking ban and, more recently, repealing the state income tax, Marionneaux sounded like a candidate as he ticked off a list of issues where he thinks the incumbent is vulnerable: a state unemployment rate that has more than doubled since Jindal took office, the lack of cost-of-living adjustments for state pensioners, and Jindal's opposition to bills that sought more transparency in his office.
While Marionneaux considers his options, John Georges makes the results of the latest of his "power-that-be" polls, showing Jindal with healthy leads in the white community. Georges' poll, of 500 white voters only, tests whether Jindal continues to hold the requisite support in that community to be reelected. Of course, Jindal will receive scant support in the heavily Democratic African-American community. Georges' poll shows Jindal on the low cusp of an easy win:
Georges, who ran a distant third to Jindal in 2007, said he and other businessmen commissioned the Florida-based Market Research Insight poll to see how strong Jindal is as the governor faces re-election Oct. 22.
Voters were asked twice whether they would vote to re-elect Jindal. The percentage responding in favor of voting for Jindal dropped after a number of issues — such as the governor raising campaign funds outside Louisiana — were raised during the survey.
“He needs nearly 70 percent of the white vote to win,” Georges said. “He starts at 60 and falls to 50. That is significant.”
So far, no well-financed candidates have announced plans to challenge the Republican Jindal.
Georges' polls are frequent and well-financed. With little other public polling on the Governor's race, they stand alone as the data points of decision makers:
Georges said he and unnamed businessmen have been doing polls for more than 20 years because they want to know what really is going on.
Verne Kennedy, founder and president of Market Research Insight, based in Gulf Breeze, Fla., said the survey represents roughly 75 percent of voters in an election with strong turnout.
“With 62 percent ‘re-elect’ among whites that equals just under 50 percent of all voters even if Jindal got 10 percent of African-American vote. In my experience, well-known incumbents with under a 50 percent ‘re-elect’ score have about a 50 percent chance of re-election if opposed by one or more strong candidates with financial resources to run a major campaign,” Kennedy said Friday.
Whether Marionneaux can effectively communicate the attacks to bring Jindal into a run-off is yet to be seen. Also yet to be seen is if Marionneaux can come up with enough money to make a dent. Marionneaux is expected to release his polling next week. Qualifying is only 2 weeks away, beginning on September 6th.
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The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the American Cancer Society once again brought hope and well-needed resources to the community with its Eleventh Annual Hope Gala’s party for a cause which was held on Saturday, August 20th, at The Shops in Canal Place.
New Orleans Citycouncilman Arnie Fielkow has resigned from the councilman office and will be taking the job of Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Below is a statement released by him this morning:
Nearly twelve years ago, I received one of the best phone calls of my entire life when New Orleans Saints ownership called to offer me an opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream - a senior front office position in the NFL and to live in the great city of New Orleans. I had worked my entire professional career for such a chance and will be forever grateful to the Saints organization. During my six-year Saints tenure, we enjoyed some incredible moments both on and off the field. I will certainly never forget watching my Dad, who passed away a few months ago, swell up with pride and joy when I was announced as the Saints new Director of Administration. Also, who will ever forget that magical night at the end of December, 2000 when 70,000 Who Dat fans literally danced the night away after the club’s first ever playoff win. Jim Henderson’s call of “Hakim dropped the ball, Hakim dropped the ball, there is a G-d after all” will forever ring in my and Saints fans’ ears.
After coming off a 27-14 pounding from the hands of the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, QB Drew Brees, other Saints players and their opponents had much to say about this game. Here are some of their post-game comments:
The Saints left their defense in the Superdome and the Texans' starting offense controlled New Orleans for a 27-14 preseason victory in Houston's Reliant Stadium on Saturday night.
"The Texans did a good job with their execution and they whipped us," was Saints coach Sean Payton's take on the game. "It was pretty evident, and it's evident we have a lot of work to do."
The Texans, featuring the dashing of running backs Avian Forster and Ben Tate and the passing of quarterback Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson, scored on their first four possessions and produced 323 yards and 19 first downs in the first half. The Texans finished with 436 yards, a franchise record for a preseason game. Schaub completed 12-of-16 passes for 163 yards and Johnson caught four passes for 100 yards for Houston (2-0).
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said his Saints want to look sharper, play 20-25 snaps. get rolling and spread the ball around a lot more in Saturday night's game against the Texans.