N.O. Mayor Nagin: No Problem Hiring Public Crooks For City Contracts


Memo to Ray: We’re trying hard to reverse 30 50 75 150 plus years of public corruption in this state. Do you really think these remarks help?

“I think it depends upon the conviction. I don’t want child molesters and rapists, and those kind of people, but if somebody has made a mistake and has a white-collar crime and they’ve paid their time and they’re back in the business, then I don’t really see a problem with that.”

“I would say, hopefully, they’ve learned their lesson and we’re smart enough to not let them steal again.”

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Yeah. Hopefully.