Landrieu apparently has a “I invented the internet”-esqe statement on his record re: tourism in New Orleans. He is also very ambitious, and will undoubtedly use the national stage that is New Orleans to vy for higher political office eventually (Governor or President? Perhaps a brother-sister team in the Senate? I can only imagine what Thanksgiving at that house looks like over the Turducken).
Forman looks French like Kerry, though he has stayed away from the Oompa Loompa tan fiasco, from what I can tell. (I also can’t get the “Abe Froman” scene from Farris Bueller’s Day Off outta my head when I think about this guy.) That may not affect him at all, being as this is New Orleans.
Checked out Crescent City Cyberspace for some additional insight:
The BATTURE endorses Forman, TAG endorses Landrieu over at GulfSails, and The Third Battle of New Orleans has a short roundup of MSM endorsements, which are overwhelmingly for Landrieu (they also recommend the League of Women Voters of New Orleans' handy who’s-who election guide).
I’ve even got family involved as my Uncle’s brother Greg Rigamer’s consulting company released some pretty interesting numbers regarding the election. From an interview with the Pulitzer winning Times-Picayune (on the web through NOLA.com):
“Rigamer's company found that about 80 percent of the city's 297,053 registered voters either have not filed a change of address form or have listed a new address within the metro New Orleans area…The actual percentage of voters living locally is not that high -- not everyone who has moved informed the post office -- but the data strongly indicates that a majority of voters remain nearby, Rigamer said.”In addressing other controversial concerns: “Further, the data shows the proportion of white voters to black voters living in the metro area -- although not necessarily in Orleans Parish -- remains almost the same as before the flood, about 32 percent white and 62 percent black.”
(If you want to see some of the controversy caused by these findings, Google or Technorati "Greg Rigamer" & "New Orleans")
So, I look into the crystal ball of the future and I forsee a runoff between Forman vs Nagin in an Uptown vs Downtown election. Landrieu misses the cut by less than 1000 votes. Nagin wins the general. Upset possibility if I'm totally wrong: Landrieu wins convincingly, no runoff necessary, becomes Democratic Presidential Dark Horse for 2012.