TigerDroppings, a popular LSU sports message board website, weighed in on Mayor-President Kip Holden’s success as mayor in a thread posted Tuesday.
While rooted in sports, the contributors of TigerDroppings often take on other local topics and issues ranging from news stories, restaurant recommendations and politics.
On Tuesday, a contributor who goes by “tigerinthebueche” said he had been impressed by Holden.
“I met Kip this weekend at Bergeron’s in Port Allen. Super polite individual who was as friendly as anyone I’ve ever met. Given his affable demeanor, what do you citizens of EBR think of him? How would you rate his tenure in office?”
Within a few hours, the post had generated about 80 comments — many of them illustrated that people have favorable impressions of the mayor-president for the past 10 years and what he’s done for downtown Baton Rouge.
Many also weighed in on his prospects for success as he runs for Lt. Governor.
Here’s some of the responses:
DoubleB:” Very good mayor, grew arrogant as many do the longer they serve.
He likes to spend money, but that isn’t bad at the mayoral level. In fact that’s where money should be spent, where taxpayers can see what’s going on.
He needs to be reeled in once in a while, but all in all he’s been a very good Mayor for the Parish.
I do believe he let the St. George thing get out of hand, but maybe he had to placate his base so he had to choose sides. And some would also say, like Lincoln in 1861, he had no real choice.”
KingBob: “Great guy, great personality, heck of a sense of humor, great cheerleader for Baton Rouge and the state. I would never want him in charge of anything important as he is prone to tax and spend and race-bait when he doesn’t get his way. However, he is literally the most perfect candidate for Lt. Governor since Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator from “The Princess and the Frog” ran for reelection in 1937.
ETA: My mom was in journalism school at LSU with him. Both of my parents have some pretty funny stories about the Kipster.”
Bard: “He’s been a good Mayor (just look at downtown for evidence of that), but a sh***y Parish President (the office is Mayor/President).
I think that of the current crop of folks running for Lt Gov he would do the best. But he can’t win the race because of his skin color and because he’s pretty much unknown outside of Baton Rouge.”
Member12: “Good candidate with vision, but he’s kind of gone off the deep end the past 5-6 years. The few times I’ve dealt with him personally, he came off as a good politican.
I think he had a chance at higher, statewide office had he not made some mistakes in the more recent past.
Downtown Baton Rouge is head and shoulders better than it was when I started undergrad at LSU. It turned around rapidly to the point where I’ve seen media in other parts of the country use Baton Rouge as an example of how to property reinvigorate a downtown setting.
I know a lot of that started under Bobby Simpson, but I think Holden has a good vision for the city even though he’s taken the wrong stance on numerous things.”
Lsupimp: “Kip is really very accomplished. He was able to get White Republicans to vote for him and feel relatively good about it. It has been impossible to live here without bumping into him all over town and his old-school Pol instincts are impeccable. He returns calls, kisses babies, attends ribbon-cuttings, patronizes businesses, etc. He probably makes 5 football games per Friday night each week. So people admire his optimistic energy.
His primary appeal is that he actually likes the people of Baton Rouge and he is a BIG TIME Cheerleader/ Advocate for Baton Rouge. People sense that he honestly wanted the best for Baton Rouge.
The problem is that over time, he has been on the wrong side of so many issues that he has lost support.Many People (for right or wrong) now view him as largely indistinguishable from other black Democratic -Machine Mayors-minus The Hate Whitey Shtick. And there is a sense that just below the surface there lingers a scandal in the making as often happens in these parts.
Almost every person I know likes Kip on a personal level. And I’m talking people that may not even vote for him. On a message board he’ll get the typical Blue-Velvet-Baton-Rouge-Sucks-level- broad criticism. But I really like Kip. Doubt I’d ever vote for him above the local level under any circumstances though.”
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