At least Eddie Jordan got something right as DA. He resigned. Maybe not quite as honorable as Japanese Hari Kari, but he's finished as Orleans Parish DA all the same. I don't know Mr. Jordan personally and have no informed opinion on his integrity, but I think it's fair to say he was not working out as the DA. The City needs to move forward, and I suspect (and hope) this is just another chapter in the saga of cleaning house in City government and replacing inept, inneficient, or corrupt officials with those who can better serve the City instead of serving as distraction. Call it falling on one's sword if you will, but I say good riddance.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Jefferson Parish will have to anoint its first new sheriff since 1980. The beloved and sometimes reviled Sheriff Harry Lee has passed away. Harry Lee was an institution, an indefatigable, one-man political machine. He was no stranger to controversy, often taking an overtly racist -- some say realist -- view of law enforcement. He was keenly practical, sometimes bordering on comical, like when he ordered his deputies to take target practice on nutria rats to control their spread. He was generous and charitable, even if that was driven in part by his admitted design to bolster political support. There is no denying he was less than perfect, but Harry Lee also was an undeniable leader. Political warts and all, he will be missed. Rest in peace, Harry Lee.