Louisiana has a Gubernatorial election this year and the massively incompetent Governor, Kathleen Blanco-D Louisiana, will not be running. Speculation centered on chocolate city Mayor Ray Nagin to run in her stead, but, he recently announced, after flirting with a run on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” that he would not be a candidate after all.
This means that the right-wing Indian American Congressman, Bobby Jindal R-Louisiana, is the presumptive Governor in waiting. Tragic.
On top of that impending disaster is the announced candidacy of State Rep. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock for a New Orleans State Senate Seat. Jefferson-Bullock, the daughter of indicted Congressman “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, is following Daddy’s example and getting her ducks in a row to succeed him if he is sent to the slammer where his black A belongs.
Jefferson ‘s re-election campaign last year was a classic in southern political demagoguery and dirty campaigning. He called his black opponent everything but a child of God, even as he defended himself for pocketing bribes obtained in an FBI sting. He dipped liberally from the well of homophobia and racial antagonism as he accused Karen Carter of being an agent of the white establishment, which is precisely what he had been, when he voted to repeal the estate tax for the wealthiest 1% while black New Orleanianas were washed away by a flood of white establishment indifference.
Nevertheless, God is good and he always has a ram in the bush. Her name is State Representative Cheryl Gray, a good friend and colleague of Karen Carter, the candidate I backed to run against Dollar Bill last year.
Sistah Gray is a progressive who has focused on health care and housing issues in the legislature. She has also opposed shredding a woman’s right to choose and has voted against banning same-sex marriage.
A lawyer and state representative, she is a scion of the distinguished Gray family and is the daughter of Attorney James Gray and Judge Ernestine Gray. Cheryl Gray has Skeptical Brotha’s enthusiastic endorsement for State Senate. I’ll take a Gray over a Jefferson any day because our people in the Big Easy need a champion, not more corruption. Its high time for our people to rise up in righteous indignation and throw the Jeffersons out of the temples of power.