Wooley for Mayor!

After much anticipation and speculation, Shreveport City Councilman Bryan Wooley has announced that he is running for Mayor!

I could not be more happy about this news. As a resident of Wooley’s¬†District, and an avid watcher of local politics, I feel completely assured in telling everyone who wants to know- he is absolutely the man for the job!

Here is a brief look at his main concerns for the city:

 1. Create New Jobs, Grow the Shreveport Economy and Build a Business Friendly Reputation for the City

2. Make Our City Safer for Families and Businesses

3. Usher in an Era of Fiscal Responsibility and Reduce the City’s $800 Million Debt

4. Maximize the Opportunity of the Haynesville Shale to Guarantee the Economic Future of Shreveport for Years to Come

5. Complete Key Infrastructure Projects to Ease Traffic Burdens and Boost Commerce Expansion

6.Provide Leadership to Create an Efficient, Stable and Accountable City Government Shreveport Can Be Proud Of

More information will be found on Wooley’s campaign website: http://www.wooleyformayor.net

You can also listen to his announcement speech on Tom Pace’s Talk of the Town site: http://www.shreveport.com/shrevetalk/viewpodcast.php?id=620

Now that Wooley has announced it will be interesting to see who surfaces in the race for District D. We shall see ūüôā

TEA’d Off!

Ok… its official, I’m ticked! I just read the Shreveport Time’s sad excuse for journalism on the Red River Tea Party rally…

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100416/NEWS01/4160332/Hundreds-come-out-for-tea-party

First of all, I was there and there were THOUSANDS of people attending. Tea Party Board Member Kim Ebey reported that the official registration numbers showed nearly 3,000 in attendance. That is considerably more that “several hundred.” This is a clear attempt to undermine the support that the Tea Party has. The red River Tea Party started out as the¬†Shreveport-Bossier Tea Party, but it grew so large and varied¬†that they had to make it geographical area,¬†instead of by municipal boarders.

Secondly, I take issue to the “reporter’s”¬† inserting the word quasi¬†in front of grassroots. The Red River Tea Party is absolutely a grassroots organization! They are stand-alone, and run entirely off of donations from their members and supporters. I am sick of hearing this crap about FOX being in charge of the Tea Parties- THEY ARE NOT!!! Just because they have commentators who agree with the movements does not mean that somehow they are in charge, or that they came up with it, or that they have even the slightest bit of say-so!

Thirdly, attacking Mike Johnson is stupid! Mike Johnson is a passionate, intelligent attorney who know what he is talking about. Which is why the schmuck who wrote this tried to tie different parts of Mike’s speech together to make him look stupid. Yes, Mike talked about the Obama Administration and the “offenses” they have committed over the past year or so, but then he moved on to the government as a whole, specifically COURT CASES AROUND THE COUNTRY (he’s a LAWYER, come on!)… they had nothing to do with one another, and the “failure to mention” accusation falls like the ton of manure it is! Speaking of manure, I almost forgot about the “veiled reference” thing LOL. Give me a break- no one I talked to caught that at all, and none of us thought they had anything to do with one another. I agree that the birthers are wrong, and I know for a fact that Mike Johnson is not one of them. Yet more editorialized crap.¬†

Also, what about the other speakers? We had men and women from all walks of life: a pastor, a student, a small business owner, a large business owner, two lawyers, and an inspiring bunch of kids who sang for us. Where were their inspiring words? Where are their stories and ideas? Ignored!

I had a wonderful time at the Tea Party, and I was happy to see media there. But to see this type of garbage being fed to the people of Shreveport reminds me why I gave up on The Times in 2008.

Drew Pierson needs to be demoted or fired, but of course he won’t- The Times agrees with what he said, or they wouldn’t have let it be printed. I am disappointed in them, but at least there are places like THIS, where you can get the truth. The Times can skew things all they want, but as long as there are blogs, the truth will be found out!

2010 Local Elections

Well things are starting to get heated up in Shreveport! We have several City Council Races that look to be pretty interesting, and who knows what will happen with the Mayor’s race??

District B has 3 contenders already: Jeff Everson (D), Sheva Simms (D), and Craig Lee (D).

¬†I have met Lee previously and was struck by his personal style- as a Communications Major I am taught to look at appearance as a form of communication… Mr. Lee is almost 40 but he dresses like a college student: Bob Marley shirts, Rasta hat, dreadlocks… his appearance just doesn’t inspire any confidence in him as a business person.

I also attended Everson’s announcement, and immediately liked him. Although his is a Democrat, and has previously worked for Scary Mary, he seemed very kind, focused, and intelligent. I think Shreveport could greatly benefit from a younger, fresher point of view on issues.

I have yet to meet Mrs. Sims, but if I do, I will share my opinion with you all!

District C also has several candidates, possibly including current councilman Micheal Long (he of Thrill Hill fame). Caddo GOP Parrish Executive Council Vice Chairman Harold Coates (R), is planning on running. Coates is a very good personal friend of mine, and I wholeheartedly support him in this race. He is smart, caring, informed, responsible… any positive adjective you can imagine- he is it! He will make a great Councilman!

Disctrict¬†D… will be interesting! Rumors are still swirling about Bryan Wooley¬†running for Mayor against Glover, but nothing official has ben released from Wooley. Regardless, there is a Democrat in the race- New York Life Financial Advisor Michael Corbin. I met him at Everson’s announcement party, and he seemed like a nice enough guy… I keep seeing his face all over the area on NY Life billboards.

And there might be a nice surprise in District D… some of you may know what I am talking about. We will have to wait on Wooley to announce his plans in order to see what Republicans come out to play.

I haven’t heard anything about the other districts, but somehow I don’t expect Calvin Lester to be unopposed. Bowman is most likely safe, she can definitely handle any challenge. Joe Shyne… well the man has nice hats. Ron Webb is a staple in his district, I don’t anticipate a real challenge.

Now onto the Mayor’s race:

Glover (D) has been… interesting. Between gun rights, missing money, MORE missing money, buying unneeded vehicles with police money, denying police raises, not staffing a¬†firehouse for quite some time, and multiple other mini scandals- this is going to be a good year to challenge him. Add to all that the Republican anger over recent incidents in Washington, and you get a perfect storm of political tension. If a Republican was going to run for ANY office, right now would be the time to do it.

Other possible entries are Bryan Wooley (R), Chris Gorman (R), and Parker Ward (who knows? ).

Wooley probably has the best chance of producing an upset, but still has another term available on the council, and may bide his time. He would make a MUCH better Mayor than Glover though, and I hope he runs. He has been the people’s voice on many issues, and will continue to represent us either as Mayor or City Councilman.

More recently I’ve heard inklings¬†of Tango Trucking big-wig Chris Gorman running. Gorman ran an unsucessful congressional campaign in 2008, against now-Congressman John Fleming. Gorman certainly has the bankroll and supporters to challenge Glover to a good fight, but his lack of experience in politics might be a problem.

And on a “Third Party” ticket is likely to be the ill-advised Parker Ward, a teen with big ideas, but poor timing. I predict that his Facebook campaign will fall apart before the real players get down and dirty. He may get 100 votes max, but would be better off not jumping in the fray. He has alienated many potential supporters by launching attacks against the GOP, the Caddo PEC Chairman Jimmy Allen, and has changed parties from Republican, flirted with the Conservative Party, and finally landed with the Libertarian Party. He claims support from the Ron Paul led “Campaign for Liberty.”

Things are getting interesting, and I can’t wait to see how everything shapes up. As things progress, I encourage each of you to get involved with a candidate, and help get conservatives elected! Anything you do can make a difference!

Update:

After hearing from several sources that Council hopeful Michael Corbin is a Republican I am officially acknowledging my mistake here! Michael, if you read this- my bad!