A few dozen people stood outside the Cabildo in the rain this morning, bearing signs that said “Jordan Resign Now,” “Eddie Out!” and others. I called Karen at 6:45 to check on the gathering and she said, “We’re a little damp, but doing good.” The Quarter was dark, wet and eerily quiet when I arrived on the scene at 7, too quiet for a John Edwards being interviewed by Good Morning, America inside the Cabildo. Really, the only signs of any such activity were the large satellite dishes on Jackson Square and a multitude of semi-trucks parked along the Cabildo on St. Peter. On arriving, I saw the protest crowd disperse, called Karen to say “Hi and bye!” and then ran into damp Schroeder and damp rcs on Royal St. (you’ve gotta love these gung-ho guys).
A number of citizens demanding the resignation of D.A. Eddie Jordan were interviewed by the various media outlets. Here is what I’ve heard of so far:
– Bart Everson was interviewed by Fox8 News (TV) a little before 7AM and offered a vote of “no confidence in the DA.” [Story on the Fox8 99.5 FM website – still looking for video footage]
– Karen Gadbois was interviewed by 99.5 FM at 9:15AM. “It’s up to us as citizens to maintain vigilance as to what our elected officials do.” [Please send in an audio file or transcript if you come across one.] Update: Karen
will also be was on the Garland Robinette show today at 1:30PM “We feel that we don’t have any backup as citizens … is there a two-tiered justice system?”
– Ringside Politics With A Punch‘s Jeff Crouere (WGSO 990AM) interviewed me this morning at 7:30AM. [Again, please send in an audio file or transcript, just so we know what the hell I said on not enough coffee.]
– ABC 26 came to Karen’s house yesterday while we were making signs. When Cyndi Nguyen knocked on the front door, all I could do was stare at it and say, “Uh, Karen, there’s someone with really nice hair at your door.” Kim Carver gave a strong interview, of which just the portions where he “appreciates” the mayor and city officials, except for Jordan, made it on TV. *sigh* [Video]
Please point us to more transcripts and testimonials from the protest. And, remember, Eddie Jordan has got to go! Only continued citizen participation and pressure can make it happen.
CityBusiness, rehash mainly: http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com/UpToTheMinute.cfm?recID=11705
Direct link to the ABC26 Windows Media video file for download: wmv
Jim Brown interview with KG:
WWL audio when (or *IF* it ever becomes available — lazy ass slackers hoarding the airwaves):