DuBos: New Orleans in better place in post-Nagin era

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 6:50 PM

Former Mayor Ray Nagin will finally be sentenced tomorrow in federal court. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Judgment Day has come and gone for Ray Nagin. The former mayor has already been declared guilty of 20 federal corruption charges.

Even before jurors convicted Nagin, New Orleanians long since washed their hands of him.

The guy to rode into office on a wave of public adulation, left office — and will soon leave the city itself — in disgrace. What I said the day he was convicted still holds true today: Nagin stole our hearts on the way into office, and broke our hearts on the way out.

But even broken hearts can mend. At the end of the day, whether the former mayor gets 12 years in jail or 20, what’s most important is that New Orleans has moved on. Our city still has many problems, some of them made worse by Nagin, but to the extent that Nagin himself was the problem, he’s now in our rear-view mirror.

Ray Nagin’s name will live in infamy, but New Orleans is already in a better place.

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