You have to see Kimberly Williamson Butler’s announcement that she is running for mayor. I can't link to the specific video, but here is the web page. Just look for the 3/3/06 headline, "Kimberly Williamson Butler makes surprise bid for mayor's race."
She starts off by stressing how much she is focusing on being the clerk of court (transcribed from video story):
“My number one priority right now is that I have to pull off this election. And it’s going to be an awesome election.”That’s laughable in itself because she has been hiding out the past week after a subpoena and arrest warrants were issued for her. And the week she chooses to go missing is the week of qualifying for one of the most important mayoral elections in the city’s history. You would think the clerk of court would want to be involved in that.
"One of the most important things I can do right now is focus. So much of this can be a distraction."
After talking about the importance of focus, Butler changes focus:
"I’m not a politician. I’ve never been a politician."Then, no lie, right after saying that she says:
"I was a politician for two years."She tries to get out of that contradiction by pointing out what she did before she was a politician:
"But, for 17 years you know what I was? I was a revitalization specialist. And we have a revitalization project right now."That’s when it happened. Watch the video. I honestly believe that is when she decided she would run for mayor. You can almost see the light bulb turn on. She continues:
"And you know what? I don’t think I’m the right person to be clerk of court. I think I’m the right person to be mayor. I’m going to go qualify."You don’t announce you are running for mayor that way unless it just comes to you. She probably surprised herself.
You can hear in the background a reporter asking, “Are you serious?” I thought the same thing.
This kind of insanity just doesn’t happen anywhere else – at least in public. I love New Orleans.