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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)  

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)  

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)  

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)  
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