Sister Karen Carter is officially facing one opponent in the run-off but, in reality she faces two instead of one in the New Orleans congressional election in December. The man she defeated, State Senator Derrick-I-will-endorse-a-crook-and-hope-he-wins-before-he’s-indicted-Shepherd, and Congressman “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. There is a race and class breakdown in the general election vote in November that does not augur well for her. Working class black voters, suspicious of the white power structure are voting for Jefferson, a man who diverted crucial National Guard assets to check on 90K in the freezer. The black people voting for him apparently are not the people stuck on rooftops, dehydrated and exhausted from their ordeal and waiting to be rescued while he ties up guardsmen, checking on his property.
Shepherd seeks to cloud the issues by running automated robo-calls into the community telling people Karen Carter is against banning abortion and same-sex marriage when that crap couldn’t be the furthest from their minds.
Come on, Black people. What are we doing? It is hard for me to understand why large portions of the African American community would vote for Jefferson after what they’ve endured. There really isn’t any doubt in my mind that Bill Jefferson will be indicted and convicted in this bribery probe. It will happen similarly to the way that former NC Congressman Frank Ballance was idicted, forced from congress and convicted. Jefferson will face the same fate and probably take down some associate as well.
What is it that you need to see things clearly? A commercial, a radio ad that puts things into perspective?
How’s this: phone rings, “Hello, you’ve reached the office of Congressman “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. For bribes, press one. For extortion, press two. For kickbacks, press three. For no-bid contracts, press four. For help with problems related to Hurricane Katrina, vote Karen Carter for Congress. I’m Karen Carter and I approved this message.”
OK, y’all, can you vote for her now? Y’all get it?