A quote from Nagin at the annual meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists:
Nagin suggested that Louisiana and federal officials would prefer the city remain smaller.
He said the city is struggling to deliver services and rebuild with a quarter of its former municipal budget. The federal and state aid the city has received is inadequate and comes with too many rules, he said.
"We are being strangled, and they're using the money to set local policies to try to take control of the city to do things that they had in mind all along, and that's to shrink the footprint, get a bunch of developers in the city, and try to do things in a different way," Nagin said.
"We're not going to let that happen. They're going to give us our money, and we're going to rebuild this city."
Who is "they" Ray? Who is this band of conspirators punking you out of your cash?
They're gonna give you money so you can spend it on a traveling Ray Nagin photographic roadshow? They're gonna give you money so you can siphon it out of the system with bullshit contracts and kickbacks?
You arrogant bastard...get your ass back to this city...cut out the corruption and do something besides bitch. Do anything....anything....just show up man...just show up. That would be a start.
Or better yet, do us all a favor....resign and go somewhere else.