Ex- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin indicted

January 18, 2013 by  
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(USA TODAY)   Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 federal corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The charges are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

The counts include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy.

Nagin, a former cable television executive, was a political novice before being elected to his first term as mayor in 2002, buoyed by strong support from white voters.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 elevated Nagin to the national stage, where he gained a reputation for colorful and sometimes cringe-inducing rhetoric.

During a radio interview broadcast in the storm’s early aftermath, he angrily pleaded with federal officials to “get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”

In January 2006, he apologized for a Martin Luther King Day speech in which he predicted New Orleans would be a “chocolate city” and asserted that “God was mad at America.”

Strong support from black voters helped Nagin win re-election in 2006 despite widespread criticism of his post-Katrina leadership. But the glacial pace of rebuilding, a surge in violent crime and the budding City Hall corruption investigation chipped away at Nagin’s popularity during his second term.

Nagin could not seek a third consecutive term because of term limits. Mitch Landrieu, who ran against Nagin in 2006, succeeded him in 2010.

Nagin has largely steered clear of the political arena since he left office. On his Twitter account, he describes his current occupations as author, public speaker and “green energy entrepreneur.” He wrote a self-published memoir called “Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After the Storm.”.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/18/new-orleans-mayor-ray-nagin/1845617/

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4 Responses to “Ex- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin indicted”
  1. SPARKY says:

    This is great news… This scumbag is the lowest of slime… It’s about time.

  2. sweettina2 says:

    Yep…..I would have expected this.

  3. James Woroble Jr says:

    This is what our law enforcement and justice system SHOULD be doing to protect America. NOT ALL THAT OTHER NEO-COMMUNIST BULLSHIT! Like going after some little 9 year old girl’s ‘Hello Kitty’ computer, or selling guns to Mexican drug gang cartels to undermine American’s ability to defend themselves.

  4. Lawrence says:

    Ray Nagin is being set-up for exposing the drug trafficking in New Orleans and he probably saved his life when he warned "that if I die it was the C.I.A. that did it".
    His words of truth. Pray for his safety He is a good man who cared about the people so much that he risked it all to expose the lack of action and the facts are in full view he was not responsible for anything that went wrong as he did everything he could. I myself have had my life completely destroyed for exposing the Drug dealing and MK Ultra projects here in Regina and Edmonton Alberta Canada by the Hell’s Angels who are and always have been the 303rd division of the U.S. Military. Look them up on Google Images and you will see they were the Bomber fleet that was used to destroy Hitler.
    Ray Nagin is being set-up for exposing the drug trafficking in New Orleans and he probably saved his life when he warned "that if I die it was the C.I.A. that did it".

    transcript here:
    http://www.democracynow.org/2005/9/5/new_orleans_mayor_ray_nagins_desperate

    RAY NAGIN: I have no idea what they’re doing, but I will tell you this — you know, God is looking down on all of this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying. They’re dying by the hundreds of them. I’m willing to bet you. We are getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart from people saying, I have been in my attic. I can’t take it anymore. The water is up to my neck. I don’t think I can hold out. That’s happening as we speak. You know what really upsets me, Garland. We told everybody the importance of the 17th Street Canal issue. We said, please, please, take care of this. We don’t care what you do, figure it out.
    ….
    Now, you got some knuckleheads out there, and they are taking advantage of this lawless — this situation where, you know, we cannot really control it, and they’re doing some awful, awful things. But that’s a small majority of the people. Most people are looking to try and survive. You have — one of the things that people have — nobody’s talked about this — drugs flowed in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area so freely it was scary to me. That’s why we are having the escalation in murders. People don’t want to talk about this, but I’m going to talk about it.
    …..
    RAY NAGIN: We authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq. Lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the President unprecedented power. Lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places. Now you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique, when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody’s eyes light up — you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died, and thousands more that are dying every day that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man. You know, I am not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very clearly. I don’t know whose problem it is. I don’t know whether it’s the Governor’s problem. I don’t know whether it’s the President’s problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on the plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now.

    RAY NAGIN: I have no idea what they’re doing, but I will tell you this — you know, God is looking down on all of this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying. They’re dying by the hundreds of them. I’m willing to bet you. We are getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart from people saying, I have been in my attic. I can’t take it anymore. The water is up to my neck. I don’t think I can hold out. That’s happening as we speak. You know what really upsets me, Garland. We told everybody the importance of the 17th Street Canal issue. We said, please, please, take care of this. We don’t care what you do, figure it out.
    ….
    Now, you got some knuckleheads out there, and they are taking advantage of this lawless — this situation where, you know, we cannot really control it, and they’re doing some awful, awful things. But that’s a small majority of the people. Most people are looking to try and survive. You have — one of the things that people have — nobody’s talked about this — drugs flowed in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area so freely it was scary to me. That’s why we are having the escalation in murders. People don’t want to talk about this, but I’m going to talk about it.
    …..
    RAY NAGIN: We authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq. Lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the President unprecedented power. Lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places. Now you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique, when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody’s eyes light up — you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died, and thousands more that are dying every day that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man. You know, I am not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very clearly. I don’t know whose problem it is. I don’t know whether it’s the Governor’s problem. I don’t know whether it’s the President’s problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on the plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now.

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