It was here on the program that we expected to speak with Mayor Nagin, even though getting the mayor to come on the program is only a little easier than herding cats. When we -- when he last appeared on 360, which was about four months ago, shortly before Hurricane Rita, he promised he would be back.
Since then, we have put in dozens of requests for interviews. He's always declined them. Twice, he has agreed to appear, then canceled shortly before airtime, as he did tonight.
This morning, he agreed to appear. And, then, around 6:00 p.m., he confirmed he would appear. Then, shortly after, his office told us the mayor had an emergency to deal with. They said he would not be showing up.
Now, they didn't say what the emergency was. And we're not here to judge a person's emergencies. But, last we checked, the mayor was eating dinner at a restaurant called Bourbon House on the corner of Bourbon Street.
And Sean Callebs is actually standing outside the restaurant right now.
Sean, is the mayor still inside having dinner?
CALLEBS: Well, as best we can tell, Anderson, he is, indeed.
I can you how this evening played out. After we got the call that the mayor was going to cancel the interview, we had a crew out here. Somebody went upstairs to the second floor in a private dining area. They saw the mayor greeting members of the Commission to Bring Back New Orleans.
Now, we had people out here the entire time. There are still a number of city vehicles out here. We went up a short while ago to check once again to see if Mayor Nagin was upstairs on the second floor. This time, those doors were shut, and the mayor's press officer is standing out in front -- Anderson.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Nagin Ditches CNN Again
This is funny. Anderson Cooper keeps trying to get Nagin on his show and thought he had him last night but Nagin cancelled due to an Emergency To Deal With. So CNN persued him and found him dining at a Bourbon Street restarant with the members of the Bring New Orleans Back commission. In fairness I'm sure he was dealing.....
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