Fielkow: More Glory In Endorsements
Written by NOLAFugees Staff
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 15:00
In announcing his decision not to step into the 2010 mayor's race, Councilman-at-large Arnie Fielkow cited the prestige and value associated with a well-timed endorsement.
"Rather than expend my political capital touting my own virtues and defending myself from criticism, I have decided that I will come off looking much better as a white knight, no pun intended, who swoops in at the last second to rescue the city from its own bad decision making."
Fielkow cited the way 2006 Mayoral candidate Rob Couhig is vastly overrated by a public who thinks his runoff endorsement of Ray Nagin put Nagin into office for a second term.
"Couhig only got eight percent in the general, for goodness sake," Fielkow said. "I, on the other hand, beat Jackie Clarkson."
In the scenario Fielkow laid out for reporters, a combination of indifference and irony among the "educated class" of voters will lead to a runoff election between two candidates that previously indifferent, ironic citizens will deem "shitty."
When asked which two horrible choices New Orleans would be saddled with in the runoff election, Fielkow declined to name names, though he did say that "in all likelihood, one of the candidates will be 'too white' and the other one 'too black'".
"The bottom line is this," Fielkow concluded. "When the Brad Pitt T-shirts stop selling," Fielkow concluded, " I will be there to guide them toward the lesser of two evils."
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