Odom was re-elected in 2003 to his seventh consecutive term as agricultural commissioner and has devolved into both a fossil of state politics and a contemporary Boss Tweed since his first election in 1980. Odom has effectively used a traditionally quiet statewide office to entrench himself within Louisiana's powerful political game. While reports of his authoritative behavior regarding his employees have been widely reported ' and despite admitting employees run personal errands and buy gifts for him on state money ' Odom has remained free from anything resembling serious punishment.
This may be due to the numerous friends he has created in his time in office. Odom's current lawyer, Karl Koch, hosted a 2004 fund raiser to eliminate Johnson's campaign debt, while his firm contributed funds for Johnson's campaign. This might explain why, after transferring divisions twice, Johnson was determined to keep Odom's case under his jurisdiction.
The most ridiculous premise behind this entire court case is the fact that it is all being paid for on the taxpayer's dime. The Advocate reports that taxpayers could pay more than $400,000 in legal fees, while the public prosecution is similarly being funded by the state. Louisiana citizens should be outraged. Odom's defense delayed and postponed the trials until Judge Johnson threw the case out.
One hopes the recent announcement of Rep. Mike Strain to compete for agricultural commissioner is a sign that Louisiana is serious about reformation. It's absurd that a man surrounded by controversy and indicted on multiple charges should remain in office for an eighth consecutive term. With recent term limit mandates, we are beginning to hack away at the roots of Louisiana's corruption that have grown deep over the years. It is time for us to reform from within, and we must begin with Bob Odom.
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Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.