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Dear Ron,
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Molly Brown

Posted: 4/22/2006     Comments (2)  

An Introduction to the Candidate
On Tuesday February 7th 2006, Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Forman announced his candidacy for Mayor.

This weblog, which is not affiliated in any way with Ron Forman's campaign, or in fact with ANY mayoral candidate, takes a look at his record and attempts to show how it reflects Ron Forman's character and abilities at a time when New Orleans needs leadership with integrity, experience, sound political skill and judgement, and a commitment to making tough decisions in a democratic manner.
Posted: 2/8/2006  More    Comments (29)  

Times-Picayune Endorses Ron
As expected, the Times-Picayune has endorsed Ron Forman for Mayor, and the Gambit's equally expected endorsement is sure to be announced soon as well.

Everyone should be thrilled at this confirmation that the Old New Orleans is alive and well and panting to flex its political muscle. Where else but New Orleans can a man with such a controversial history as Ron Forman's be endorsed by the single major daily newspaper!? Of course, the T-P may have had little choice with so many of the biggest-money New Orleanians backing Ron, not the least of whom being their own 2006 Loving Cup nominee Louis Freeman (see article below).

This endorsement reflects how well Ron Forman knows how to get things done. No matter whether it involves a little subterfuge and some half-truths, so be it-- Ron will accomplish his mission, whatever the cost, whatever the means. And that's what New Orleans needs now more than ever: a man who has the connections, desire and vision to turn this underachieving city into another Houston, Dallas or Atlanta.

Go Ron, Go.

Posted: 4/9/2006     Comments (3)  

T-P shortchanges Ron again!
Every time the Times-Picayune cites Ron's salary from the Audubon Nature Institute as a mere $300,000 per year, they shortchange his worth, value and skill by hundred's of thousands of dollars! Once again, we'd like to set the record straight, so here is a scan of Ron's Officer's Compensation section from Schedule 8 of the ANI's Form 990's for 2000-2003.


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Posted: 4/6/2006     Comments (0)  

The City Council Conundrum
Much of Ron Forman's success over the years can be attributed to his admirable skill at consensus-building at the Audubon Institute and Commission. However, we're not talking about the traditional concept of consensus here, approached via a dialogue of competing interests: Ron has developed a much more effective method, which is to build consensus by surrounding himself with those who already agree with him. Ron is well aware that the only way he can be truly effective as our next Mayor is to have an acquiescent City Council in his pocket, operating much as his hand-picked Audubon Commission and Audubon Institute Board have done for many years.

Forman thus supports the re-election of beleaguered Republican District A City Councilman Jay Batt as an important 'cog' in the wheel that is to function as his ideal City Council, going so far as to share his supporter email list with Mr Batt's campaign.

Posted: 4/4/2006  More    Comments (1)  

Louis Freeman offers a Loving Cup Full o' Money to Ron
Today's Times-Picayune announced local philanthropist Louis Freeman as winner of the TP Loving Cup. Ron Forman's Campaign for Mayor should be counted as one of the latest additions to the long list of causes supported by Freeman generosity, and in this case at least, it is unsurpassed: adding up the $5000 donations of numerous Freemans and Freeman relations, one arrives at the outstanding sum of over $95,000, making Freeman support the largest for Ron's campaign by a very wide margin.
Posted: 4/2/2006     Comments (0)  

Ron Shakes the Money Tree!
Even knowing of Ron Forman's track record as an outstanding fundraiser, his Campaign Contributions Report is still a remarkable document. With 408 donors (vs Mitch Landrieu's 425), Ron has nonetheless succeeded in raising a whopping $1,584,247.00 (as compared to Mitch's $819,550.00). This achievement has been managed largely because all but a tiny fraction of Ron's contributions have been in full $5000 increments, rather than the $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000, $2000 donations from ordinary citizens that comprise his competitor's war chests.
Posted: 4/1/2006  More    Comments (20)  

The Private/Public Partnership Model
The three top-polling candidates for the next mayor of New Orleans have a lot in common: not only are all three "pro-business" and "pro-development", all have given support to each other's economic initiatives in the past. Since the issue of who is best capable of enacting further privatization of city functions seems to feature prominently in the ongoing debate over whether New Orleans needs more of a "businessman" mayor or a "politician" mayor, it must be said that Ron Forman clearly stands out for the successful privatization of public assets model that he has perfected through the Audubon Nature Institute.
Posted: 3/4/2006  More    Comments (1)  

Campaign Notes
Some observations on Mr Forman's campaign and, where relevant, on those of other candidates.

Those who fear that Mr Forman, "not being a politician", may lack the skills to run a truly effective traditional New Orleans campaign will be reassured by early signs.

Posted: 2/25/2006  More    Comments (8)  

Power, Patronage and Politicization
To some observers, one attraction of Ron Forman as a mayoral candidate is that he is "not a politician". This is a dangerous misunderstanding, firstly because New Orleans needs a mayor who is a skilled politician and secondly, because Ron Forman's record amply demonstrates his skill in consolidation and centralization of power, jockeying of influence and allocation of patronage, to name just a few of the political skills that will be important and necessary in our new mayor. No other candidate displays anything like Mr Forman's acumen in these important areas.
Posted: 2/18/2006  More    Comments (44)  

The Successful Non-Profit
From modest beginnings as a City Hall liason, Ron Forman has risen to be one of the highest-paid non-profit CEO's in the country.
Posted: 2/18/2006  More    Comments (7)  

Environmental Record
Some observers may fear that Ron Forman's history as CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute may indicate that he is a man of environmentalist sensibilities - and that these may conflict with New Orleans' dire need for economic recovery post-Katrina. Fortunately, Ron Forman's record at the Audubon Nature Institute demonstrates flexibility in this regard, and an ability to accomodate even those contributors with a questionable environmental track record.
Posted: 2/16/2006  More    Comments (2)  

BNOBC: Clearing the Way
It seems clear that the next mayor of New Orleans is going to have to demonstrate vigor and resolution about post-Katrina recovery, and not let the process of reconstruction be mired in parochial disputes or legal deadlocks.

In particular, adoption of the Bring New Orleans Back Commission's recommendations is likely to produce much dispute and be a test of any mayor's resolution.
Posted: 2/12/2006  More    Comments (1)  

Democrat or Republican?
Ron Forman is often labeled as a "Democrat-turned Republican-turned Democrat", making it a bit confusing to try and figure out what his true affiliation may be. However, his inclusion of veteran Republican strategist and prominant GOP insider Bill Kearney on his team seems to set the matter at rest. Kearney, a well-known political consultant with a long track record in Louisiana and New Orleans politics, was conservative challenger Suzie Haik Terrell's campaign manager in her bitterly-fought but unsuccessful bid to unseat Senator Mary Landrieu in 2002.


Posted: 2/12/2006  More    Comments (8)  

Rivergate
The new mayor of New Orleans will need to have the ability to make unpopular decisions and counter stiff protest if he or she is to push New Orleans forward in the post-Katrina reality.

There are many cases in which Ron Forman has demonstrated his ability to make an unpopular choice and push it through to completion regardless of what the majority opinion might be. Some examples are his support for Marc Morial's third-term initiative and the battles with preservationists over the location of the Aquarium and Insectarium and the commercial development of Audubon Park. The episode of the Rivergate Casino project is also illuminating.

Posted: 2/9/2006  More    Comments (6)  
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