by illinois062006, Sat May 20, 2006 at 10:00:15 PM EDT
The following is a summary of weeks of research on the Orleans Parish races during the past three months. I wrote it with this audience in mind, as I know many have not paid attention to the political dynamics of these races.
Ray Nagin, who was just reelected to the position of Mayor of New Orleans with 52% of the vote in a very exciting runoff, endorsed Republican Bobby Jindal when he ran for Governor of Louisiana in 2003. This was a controversial endorsement: not only did Nagin upset Louisiana Democrats by endorsing a conservative Republican; he also alienated what would later become his base after Hurricane Katrina, or the New Orleans African-American community.