Mayor’s Race: Power Fight Between New and Old Guard [VIDEO]
Political analyst Scott Hughes talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the final days of the Shreveport mayor's race, including the recent attacks (by powerful of both parties) against frontrunner Adrian Perkins.
Hughes tells KEEL listeners that, more than anything else, this mayor's race is about Shreveport's old political guard (of both parties) trying to hang on to power. "I've traditionally seen four groups in Shreveport (politics). The Cedric Glover, Alphonse Jackson brand of traditional African-American politics, and you've had the Greg Tarver branch. You've had the Republican Party as an organized branch of politics, and then you have have this fourth group, these mythical money people. So, as I look at this race, I see three of these four groups, in the last week or two, aligning themselves to seemingly oppose Mr. Perkins."
Hughes then explains why, again in this case, politics makes strange bedfellows. "When you see three of the traditional power groups in town going for the person they all campaigned against for the last six months, what's going on? The voter is upset with Shreveport politics. They're upset with the...traditional groups. Those groups have lost power."