DuBos: A sorry end to Nagin's Cinderella story

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 7:41 PM

The conviction of former Mayor Ray Nagin is the topic of a special Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- It’s finally over.

Eight years, five months and 15 days after Hurricane Katrina, we can finally close the book on Ray Nagin — and on one of the saddest chapters in the long Katrina saga.

A federal jury Wednesday convicted the former mayor of 20 of 21 counts of corruption and tax evasion. He is the first mayor in New Orleans history to be convicted of political corruption.

Nagin, who promised to root out corruption at City Hall in 2002, now faces a long prison stretch for political corruption.

It’s a sorry end to what began as a Cinderella story. Nagin came from nowhere, politically, to capture the mayor’s office, and he remained enormously popular – until Katrina.

Ironically, the crusading reformer who captured our hearts on the way in, has broken our hearts on the way out.

It’s also ironic that, when the post-Katrina recovery faltered, Nagin supporters excused his ineptitude by saying, “Well, at least he’s honest.”

Now, the only thing that can be said of Ray Nagin is, New Orleans is finally done with him.

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