For starters, there’s the one that slipped between the cracks, but we’ve decided to dole it out anyway. It was just too Seinfeldian to pass up. The award for “Best Fish-Related Exchange” goes to Reps. Jared C. Brossett, D-New Orleans, and Michael E. Danahay, D-Sulphur. The two men were discussing legislation that allows the use of skimmer nets at night and couldn’t quite agree on what type of fish were being targeted.
Brossett: What is a shrimp jack?
Danahay: A skipjack. It’s called a skipjack shad.
Brossett: Well, what is that?
Danahay: I have no idea.
On his daily radio broadcast recently, Moon Griffon also gave a shout out to one of the Golden Boudin award winners: “Best Watchdog” C.B. Forgotston. In particular, Griffon wondered aloud – with an invisible wink and smile to his listeners – how the prolific Web-based writer could nudge out the donor-supported watchdogs in Baton Rouge. Of course, Griffon knows as well as we do why it’s an enlightening hoot to keep tabs on the man that practically every elected official in the great state of Louisiana loves to hate.
Next up is Rep. Gordon Dove, R-Houma, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and likely to be a chief coastal floor leader for Gov. Bobby Jindal in coming sessions. He was awarded “Best Feud” for his tiff with Sen. Troy Hebert, D-Jeanerette. During the final hours of the session last week, Dove presented a compromise bill to the House on an appeal process for the state Scenic Rivers Program, which was endorsed by all six members of its conference committee – including Hebert. “I want this reported,” Dove said with a smile from the microphone.
Finally, there were unintended consequences attached to the recognition we bestowed upon Rep. Juan LaFonta, D-New Orleans. He won the “Biggest Mouth” award for, among other quips, telling Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, one afternoon, “I like that rainbow tie. I know you down with the gay people.” Since then LaFonta reports that his e-mail inbox and voice mail has overflowed with folks complaining that his remarks were in some way demeaning to gays and lesbians. In truth, LaFonta’s comments were directed at a lawmaker who had opposed rights for gays and lesbians in the past.