What is going on with these embattled former mayors and these embellished memoirs (that should be novels) they’re writing? Last week, we reported that Detroit’s former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was writing a book about his time as mayor and how everyone was out to get him during his administration. He named names and now so does the former New Orleans mayor.
Ray Nagin was the hope of New Orleans during Katrina. Well, that’s how he depicts it in his new independently published memoir, “Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After the Storm”. He was New Orleans Moses. According to the Grio.com, he was going to part the waters and walk across the Mississippi River Bridge with his people as part of a so-called “freedom march” to the governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge to bring attention to the urgency of the people’s plight. But all of that was thwarted by Jefferson Parish police after he says Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco alerted Parish officials.
He talks of conspiracies that go all the way up to former President Bush. He said that he went against the plan concocted by Governor Blanco, Sen. Mary Landrieu, and President Bush which made him fear for his life. According to Nagin, “I had a target on my back as the guy who stood in the way of their vision of a new New Orleans where mint juleps would once again be the drink of choice in a bleached, adult Disney World-like city.”
Read more on Nagin’s heroism and the conspiracies that surrounded his city here.