Now, for a New Orleans Mayor’s Race wrap:
LaToya Cantrell has become the money machine, not so, Desiree Charbonnet. The Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, who already supported Desiree Charbonnet has injected itself into the race again, calling for Cantrell’s resignation, which prompted her quick rebuke. Also, a date has been set for the WWL TV forum, two days from election day.
The old famous adage, “money is the mother’s milk of politics” might be also said, “milking a scandal is the "mother" of all political campaign tactics”.
No doubt, the Desiree Charbonnet campaign is in "udder" "spread the Latoya Cantrell credit card controversy mode. Just how much mileage and bad press it can get from it before New Orleans Mayor's Race election day, is a topic for serious discussion. Or, better said--will voters leave home and vote for Cantrell, without it (being top of mind)?
Surprised? Indeed. Well, how about, somewhat shocked!
This morning, I discovered that LaToya Cantrell is ahead of Desiree Charbonnet by a whopping 18 points, according to a research firm LJR Custom Strategies on behalf of the local branch of a national education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform.
While the New Orleans Mayor's race has focused on personality flaws, corruption, one of the issues that has really yet to surface in the public debate is "gentrification".
The Desiree Charbonnet for Mayor of New Orleans campaign has just shot another city credit card broadside to the LaToya Cantrell for Mayor campaign today with a press release, claiming that the Councilwoman Cantrell has "even more questions to answer" today as it claims "a large number of specific violations".
Has the political issue of the moment in the New Orleans Mayor’s race moved from the attacks against Desiree Charbonnet to those now against LaToya Cantrell?
Up until last week, before the New Orleans credit card reimbursement became a story, Charbonnet was the clear underdog, down by nine points from the primary election. However, since the story went public, much, if not most of the conversation has centered upon Cantrell and not Charbonnet, and much of it is negative.
And there’s more…
That is essentially the message from the Desiree Charbonnet’s For Mayor campaign in the ongoing LaToya Cantrell’s credit card controversy.
Charbonnet and Cantrell are the remaining candidates for New Olreans Mayor opening. The election is November 18.
How might LaToya Cantrell’s recent New Orleans credit card flap translate into Desiree Charbonnet get more of the middle-class black and the conservative white voter support that went to other candidates, particularly, Judge Michael Bagneris and Troy Henry in the New Orleans Mayor’s race primary?
Indeed, the New Orleans Mayor’s race just got a lot more interesting.
The issue is—not whether the city’s education system is adequate, or how to improve our economic development deficiencies or whether we have money for pumping water.
No. Right now, for one candidate who is now running commercials--the focus should be on credit cards, belated payments for personal expenses and potential violations of law.
When one is down 9-points or so, with three weeks left to go until the final round-- the New Orleans Mayor’s race runoff elections--what are your options?
You jab here and there until you can swing the uppercut. That’s what Desiree Charbonnet appears to be doing lately.