You have to wonder what local Dems think of this - especially those who took part in another "No Party Party" fund-raiser for Republican City-Parish President Joey Durel in December. Along with local Republicans, attorney Glenn Armentor and a handful of other Dems hosted the party - and took a lot of heat for it - because they believe Durel has the community's best interests at heart, regardless of party affiliation. And while it's pretty undeniable Durel has a "Lafayette first" bipartisan attitude when it comes to local politics, his quote in Wednesday's Town Talk (a story that also ran in today's Daily Advertiser) left many readers wondering if he also has a "country first" (think McCain-Palin slogan) mindset.
All of us - Republicans, Dems, indies - are holding on to every thread of hope that the incoming president can help turn the nation's economy around. Take U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, for example. "I think it's important to recognize that this is a historic event," Boustany told the newspaper in that same story. "The country is excited about the inauguration, and I think it's a good thing. We need to do everything we can to fight the cynicism about politics." Durel, in contrast, had this to say about our new president. "I hope he is successful in some things and messes up in others."
And that's how the story ends.
In a phone interview with the INDsider this morning, Durel insists he actually ended the quote by saying, "I hope he fails miserably on others," but that the reporter cut it short. He explains that he hopes Obama fails on issues like eliminating the secret vote for unionization and raising taxes on the rich.
Durel says he hasn't received any phone calls or flak from the comment. "I was disappointed to see the way she [ended it], but I didn't think it was that big a deal," he says. "It doesn't sound very intelligent maybe."
On that final quote, I can definitely agree. So what do you think?
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.