When Gov. Buddy Roemer lost his bid for re-election in 1991, he swallowed his pride and made one major request of Edwin Edwards, who was about to move back into the Mansion and begin an unprecedented fourth term as Louisiana’s governor.According to Street’s annual report for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the effectiveness of the IG’s office is gauged by “a dollar amount of fraud and waste that equals or exceeds the dollar amount provided from the state general fund.”
Having to get on bended knee before Edwards had to be all the more distasteful for Roemer, as EWE had made the younger reform-minded governor his whipping boy during the legendary contest.
So what was so important to Roemer that he was willing to humble himself and ask a favor of his political nemesis? It was the Inspector General’s Office, which Roemer had created during his first year in office as a means of ferreting out fraud and corruption.
Long story short, [Edwards] kept the IG in place — along with the man whom Roemer named to the post, Bill Lynch. But the decision did come with some exceptions.
In classic Edwards style, he barred Lynch from investigating the governor or his staff. That prohibition was as much a shot at Lynch, who had hounded The Silver Zipper as a tenacious investigative reporter for The Times-Picayune, as it was at the office itself and what it represented.
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