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Nagin Finds Silver Lining In NO’s Murder Rate

From New Orleans’ Times-Picayune:

Former President Bill Clinton talks with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, left, after Clinton addressed the Democratic Leadership Council Monday, July 30, 2007 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nagin calls N.O.’s dangerous image a “two-edged sword”

August 09, 2007

Responding to a TV reporter’s question about whether New Orleans’ murder rate hurts the city’s tourism economy, Mayor Ray Nagin on Thursday called the phenomenon a “two-edged sword.”

“Do I worry about it? Somewhat. It’s not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring this community back. So it is kind of a two-edged sword. Sure it hurts, but we have to keep working everyday to make the city better,” Nagin said, according to a transcript of provided by FOX8…

The mayor’s spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said Nagin believes “even one murder is too many” and does not revel in stories about violent crime drawing negative attention to New Orleans.

But Quiett said that because of Katrina, violent crimes in New Orleans are sure to make national headlines. And that offers an opportunity to “force the conversation” about the city’s lack of law enforcement resources, she said…

So they don’t mind having an astronomical murder rate since it might net them some more government hand-outs.

Well, it’s nice to see they have figured out a way to spin their terrible reputation.

Maybe Mr. Nagin learned that from Mr. Clinton.

(Thanks to Patricko for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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