The end is nigh: Matalin to stump for Landrieu, tea party targets his sister
Further evidence that these are truly the end times: GOP uber political consultant Mary Matalin, the wife of Democratic operative and omni-present talking head James Carville, will join a constellation of Democratic stars to help raise money for Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s bid for the New Orleans mayor seat, according to an article in The Times-Picayune. Also expected at the upcoming $1,000-per-plate Washington fundraiser are Landrieu's sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, and former Louisiana Sens. J. Bennett Johnston and John Breaux.
The T-P is also reporting that the former assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to former Vice President Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney will host a “Women for Landrieu” coffee meeting next week. Matalin tells the paper she doesn’t recall ever endorsing a Dem but doesn’t see this as “a big deal.”
Meanwhile, Landrieu’s sibling is now in the crosshairs of the TEA Party of Lafayette, which Thursday night held a “Recall Mary Kick-Off” meeting at a Lafayette Italian restaurant. In an e-mail notification of Thursday’s meeting, TPL member Joyce Linde writes, “... I understand that this movement may or not be successful but I encourage you to make an effort to be involved and to discover for yourself.” In fact, the U.S. Constitution provides no mechanism for recalling members of Congress; federal lawmakers can only be expelled through a two-thirds vote of their colleagues.
The group also plans a peaceful protest on Monday in Abbeville where Landrieu is scheduled to attend an event.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.