Could this story be true? Does Matt Drudge really have his facts straight?:
“The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal.
Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbent Nagin, despite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral.”
This is among the strangest stories I’ve read in a long time. It makes no sense whatsoever. Why in hell would Howard Dean get involved in a mayor’s race? What does the national Democratic Party gain? What is it that I’m not getting? If this report is indeed accurate---it could severely damage the Dems in November with the usually loyal black vote. Could this be the proverbial straw that finally breaks the camel’s back? Will Dean be fired?
I can readily understand Mitch Landrieu’s sense of desperation. The New Orleans mayor’s contest might be his last chance to survive politically. Louisiana will probably be a statewide Republican stronghold for at least the next ten years. But why should Howard Dean care about Landrieu’s troubles?
Update: “The DRUDGE REPORT takes chairman Dean and his spokesman at their word.”
Matt Drudge is now backing off from his earlier allegations. This is a sad day regarding his credibility. It appears that Drudge may have made a fool of himself. He should have never ran with this story unless it was thoroughly verified.
Kudos to ABC's Jonathan Karl
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