They Said It

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“I had a 4.0 at my graduation — that was my blood-alcohol level, not my GPA.”
—James Carville, to the Alexandria Rotary Club, in The Town Talk

“I often get asked if I’m raising my girls to be Republicans or Democrats. My answer to that is, ‘Do you have children?’ I can’t even get them to close the door.”

“I am not running for governor.”
—Secretary of State Tom Schedler, after a caller complained about politicians running for higher office, on C-SPAN

“I think just politics in general have reached an all-time low across the country.”

“I have to admit that you may be within the rule, but it sure does smell.”
—Judge John T. Pettigrew, on whether the Senate and LSU violated open meetings laws, in The Advocate

“I didn't even see ‘It’ but still find myself looking in storm drains when I pass them. I also walk a safe distance away. Thanks #Pennywise.”
—Rep. Julie Emerson, on Twitter

“Who better knows their districts than those lawmakers?”
—House and Governmental Affairs Chair Mike Danahay, on who should administer redistricting, in The Advocate

“Cut up all credit cards.”
—Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, offering advice to the next New Orleans mayor, in The Times-Picayune

“And on a very personal note, I just can't bare the thought of our first African-American female mayor — 300 years in the making — leaving office in handcuffs and disgrace. We can do better.”
—New Orleans mayoral candidate Desiree Charbonnet, in an email to supporters

“The next mayor is going to have as much power to create and destroy as I had the power to create and destroy.”
—Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in The Times-Picayune

“The city of New Orleans has to decide whether they want to run a drainage museum or a drainage system.”
—WWL talk show host Newell Norman

The Times-Pic’s Jarvis DeBerry recently wrote about the Alliance for Good Government’s restraining order against the Coalition for Better Government for allegedly using a version of its logo. The Alliance’s logo has an eagle, while the Coalition argues that it uses a hawk. The following exchange happened in court…

“They look exactly alike to me, the two birds.”
—U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier

“No, they really aren’t, your Honor, if you look at the wing span. The wing span of the eagle is different from the hawk. It's much larger and it fans out, and that's just the way the hawk looks.”
—Coalition attorney Darleen Jacobs

“I'll tell you, unless my eyes are deceiving me, Ms. Jacobs, those look exactly alike. They even look like the same feathers, same number of feathers, same arrangement, head is facing the same way, same beak. I don't know if you call them — I don't know technically what kind of bird it is, but whatever they are, they look exactly alike to me.”
—Judge Barbier

“Well, they're both birds of prey; one is an eagle and one is a hawk.”

Judge Barbier also asked Jacobs whether “Coalition” and “Alliance” should be considered synonyms, to which the attorney answered, “I am not that well versed in English, your Honor.”

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