Duke Casts Cloud Over NATPE

The National Assn. of Television Program Executives will reconsider New Orleans as a future convention site if former Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi sympathizer David Duke is elected Louisiana’s governor Nov. 16, according to NATPE prez Phil Corvo.

Although it is too late to change locales for the next confab, to be held Jan. 20 to 24 in New Orleans, Corvo said NATPE “will have to look” at the city’s suitability to host future gatherings if Duke wins.

If NATPE pulls its support from New Orleans, which had been a major contender to regain the convention in ’97, the city could lose up to $20 million in revenue.

Duke’s opponent in the race, former Democratic Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, warned in a televised debate that the state could be harmed economically if Duke is elected.

But Duke predicted that those with beliefs similar to his would make up for the lost convention business.

New Orleans is popular as a convention site, primarily because Louisiana is a right-to-work state, which substantially cuts down on labor costs.

The National Assn. of Broadcasters already has canceled plans to hold its confab in New Orleans.

NARM says no, too

The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers also has reservations about its reservations in New Orleans, and it plans to pull its 34th annual convention out of the city if Duke is elected.

The convention is scheduled for March 13 to 16.

Sources at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences said plans to construct a Grammy Hall of Fame in New Orleans would be aborted by a Duke victory.

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