I was at Finn McCool’s Saturday night, having a beer with Michael Homan and waiting for Erich W. to show up. Erich won a night of drinking with us at a fundraising auction for the Mid-City library branch, but that’s another story. Suffice to say we weren’t drinking for pleasure; we were drinking for charity.
That’s when I got a text from Xy:
This just in: oliver thomas just indicted 4 corruption
I pointed my phone to nola.com and saw the story. Oliver Thomas, one of our at-large reps on the New Orleans City Council, is rumored to be pleading guilty to corruption charges and is expected to resign Monday.
It was the subject of much of our conversation that night. There have been a lot of high profile political scandals around these parts lately, but this was still stunning to us. Thomas was generally regarded as a shoo-in for our next mayor, and he seems to be well-liked. I know in the aftermath of Katrina I often heard him on the radio, and I was almost always impressed by his intelligence and spirit and candor.
Probably it was the beer, but I went out on a limb to make a prediction. O.T. will plead guilty, resign, say sorry, ask forgiveness, rehabilitate his image, run for mayor in 2010 — and win.
If I’m wrong, we don’t need to mention this prediction again. But if I’m right, you’ll never hear the end of it.
Anyway, I suppose it’s good when corruption is exposed, but I’m still dismayed by the whole turn of events, and will certainly be interested to see what Thomas actually has to say tomorrow morning.
Of course the big question looming in everyone’s mind: Who will be the next to fall in this federal probe that seems to keep getting wider?