by Clancy DuBos
Whether you like the group or not, you cant 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, its got that Good Housekeeping thing going for it.
Which is why candidates spend days even weeks working the Alliance membership in advance of the organizations public forums, which always precede the groups 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). Its a coup for Richmond (oops! Thats another organization and it might not even exist ay more, but thats 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 everyones expecting for the Sept. 6 primary), the Alliance endorsement could prove more significant than usual.