Mayor Nagin Stages a 'Homecoming'

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For Cox Communications Inc. employees, a highlight of the National Show was the moment when they lauded one of their own: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

The 51st mayor of the parish greeted attendees of the 51st National Cable & Telecommunications Association convention and, in return, received a standing ovation.

Nagin — the former vice president and general manager of Cox's regional operation in New Orleans — opened last Tuesday's general session on his first full day on the job as mayor. He was inaugurated May 6.

Cox CEO James Robbins, his honor's former boss, explained that Nagin developed his political aspirations after his son — who was headed to Morehouse College in Atlanta — indicated he might not come home after receiving his degree, because there were no jobs to be had in New Orleans.

Nagin started as a neophyte with 5 percent name recognition and won the election, Robbins noted.

The mayor's remarks to his former industry were brief: He thanked his Cox family for all their support and urged the industry to keep pushing technology into homes.

As for himself, he's trading fiber optics for potholes, he quipped.

He asked the industry to return to New Orleans and vowed to make the city even more hospitable.

But while you're here this year, he told conventioneers, "spend lots of money," noting that a Harrah's casino sits just down the street from the convention center.