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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)  

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)  
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