So I guess to those of you who are in N.O., this is old news, but I just the other day learned that Irvin Mayfield is considering a run for mayor. Somewhere else (I can’t recall) I read that there’s a bit of a dearth of mayoral candidates. But Irvin Mayfield? Well, I’m not there, so I can’t say. I could sort of imagine him winning — but I can also imagine a cunning candidate taking him to pieces, New Orleans-politics-style. I guess I don’t know enough about the people presently running.
I’ve mentioned Mayfield a number of times on this site. I interviewed him for a piece for the Boston Globe years ago, and I can say he certainly had, at that time, the self-confidence to run not just for mayor, but for emperor of all time and space. In any event he’s a very talented trumpeter and in the intervening years has only gotten better. Still: Could he really be the mayor? Well, presumably he’s matured, and certainly he’s lived through some difficult times — his father died in the Katrina aftermath. He’s also sort of doubled down his personal identity with and commitment to the city through various associations with public works efforts. Actually, looking back through past links here, it suddenly seems to me that whether he runs for mayor now or not, it’s only a matter of time before he transitions into public life in a formal way.
Just my two cents in the midst of a long weekend….