Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Couhig Endorses Nagin


Republican Rob Couhig, the fourth place finisher in the New Orleans mayoral primary, endorsed Ray Nagin for mayor in the upcoming runoff Wednesday.

Couhig also said he would work with the Nagin administration during the first few months to help in the hurricane recovery. He specifically said he would work to try to push private sector growth while Nagin concentrates on working with the state and federal government.

Couhig, who ran a TV ad that insinuated that Nagin was "cuckoo" said that now that the choice was down to two alternatives, he chose the more pro-business of the two.

"It was a choice of choosing someone who understands business and how to push business forward," said Couhig. "He (Nagin) and I have had some disagreements about his off the cuff remarks and his management style, but at the end of the day you have to choose between two alternatives and for me the choice became easy."

Nagin said the endorsement showed everyone in the city could be comfortable that the rhetoric was over and that it was time to get down to business.

Political Analyst Silas Lee said the endorsement was not so surprising because between Nagin and Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, the incumbent mayor was the more conservative.

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