Former U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan last week showed us a poll taken a few short weeks ago when he was still top prosecutor for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The survey by pollster Silas Lee shows Jordan running a strong second to incumbent Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick in a trial heat for the November 2002 elections. The April/May survey has Connick leading with 38 percent; followed by Jordan with 27 percent; Dale Atkins, Clerk of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, 5 percent; attorney James Gray, 1 percent; and 29 percent undecided. (At least one potential candidate is conspicuously absent from the trial heat -- former Criminal Court Judge Morris Reed, Connick's political archenemy.)
If Connick is out of the race, the poll shows Jordan with a commanding 42 percent. "Without Harry Connick in the race, Eddie Jordan emerges as the leading contender," the survey concludes. Connick's chief spokesperson Zully Jiminez said the district attorney does not wish to comment on the poll. When asked why voters should choose him over Connick, Jordan replies, "I have a stronger record in the area of crime fighting."
Jordan is now practicing at the politically connected law firm of Rodney, Bordenave, Boykin & Ehret. Attorney Roy Rodney is a close ally of Mayor Marc Morial.