I am going to start a pool as to which Nagin chrony gets it. Bennett? White? Or Both? I think David White is 2:1 out of the gate....my money is on him.
You know what's gonna happen? I'm gonna peer into the looking glass here....
This whole deal is gonna get stinky...it's going to piss off the rest of the state. The state is then going to create a bond and/or allow for the Shaw group (or someone similar, if there is someone similar to Shaw) to build another, bigger, better, more modern, airport outside of Baton Rouge. (By and/or I mean public, public/private, or completely private).
You have to understand that there is a very large contigency north of I-10 who fucking hates New Orleans with a passion and actually wishes we would have been completely wiped out in Katrina. Yeah...I'm not kidding...they exist. I've met them face to face....and yes, racism is a factor.
This contingency has been pushing for Baton Rouge International since even before Katrina. If Louis Armstong is privatized....that's going to provide the catalyst the anti-Nawlins contingency needs to push the BR International plan through the state legislature.
The original ploy was somewhat of a Trojan in that there was a plan to build a massive cargo aiport in B.R....but you know that would quickly turn into a something else. That's how it always works....remember how the original Harrah's deal prohibited them from opening a restaurant or a hotel? Not to hate on Harrah's...I actually think that was a silly demand on the city's part from the begginning and I would hate to think about where our city would be without Harrah's right now. But I'm just using that scenario as an example of how deals change.
Privatizing L.A.I. may be the worst thing that could happen to N.O. I don't know for sure...I'm just speculating. This move will have a massive, political ripple effect through the state. Would love to hear your opines.