The Advocate today reports that indicted U.S. Rep. William “Bill” Jefferson says he will survive the Sept. 6 Democratic Party primary. The 61-year-old, nine-term incumbent and the first black congressman elected in Louisiana since Reconstruction has a one-word response to critics and political rivals who suggest otherwise: “foolishness.”
The 2nd Congressional District — safely Democratic since 1891 — includes nearly all of New Orleans, the West Bank portion of Jefferson Parish and south Kenner.
Leaving a candidate forum hosted by the community activist group ACORN in Mid-City, the incumbent recalled his 2006 re-election campaign. He faced 12 opponents then, led by state Sen. Karen Carter, a fellow Democrat.
“Remember all those polls that said Karen Carter was winning by 20 percent?” Jefferson told reporters, then pretending to mimic a sportscaster — “She’s winning by 20 points!”
Jefferson easily beat Carter in the runoff, despite FBI raids in 2005 on his home and congressional offices — and lingering questions about $90,000 in marked money agents said they found in the congressman’s freezer.
Jefferson maintains his innocence and has repeatedly promised the public an “honorable explanation” for the seized cash. In June 2007, six months after his re-election, Jefferson was indicted on 16 federal charges in an alleged international corruption scheme.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.