Richmond Scores Alliance Endorsement


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Whether you like the group or not, you can’t say the Alliance for Good Government chose a bad handle. Truth is, many members of the group play politics almost as hardball as anybody else in town. But with a name like THE ALLIANCE FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT, well, it’s got that Good Housekeeping thing going for it.


Which is why candidates spend days — even weeks — working the Alliance membership in advance of the organization’s public forums, which always precede the group’s closed-door endorsement caucuses.


In the Second Congressional District Democratic primary, state Rep. Cedric Richmond of eastern New Orleans landed the Alliance endorsement last night (Wednesday, July 23). It’s a coup for Richmond (oops! That’s another organization…and it might not even exist ay more, but that’s another story), who I figured would face some stiff competition from City Councilman James Carter of Algiers, who has been touted as a reformer by some Uptown types lately.


In a crowded field such as this one, and on a low-turnout day (which is what everyone’s expecting for the Sept. 6 primary), the Alliance endorsement could prove more significant than usual.


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