On the night of Friday, July 14 ' after suggesting in that morning's Rightblog column that Willow Street should be renamed Ronald Wilson Reagan Drive Â' Tritschler, 42, was arrested following a dispute with his wife at their Lafayette home.
The initial police report states that following a "verbal argument," Tritschler "became physical by pushing the victim to the floor. Once victim was on floor, suspect dragged victim by legs and spit on her." Tritschler's booking was noted in The Advertiser a day later along with other arrests from the weekend.
Last Friday, The Advertiser did not post a new column from Tritschler as scheduled. The Web site and Advertiser print edition also offered no explanation as to why Tritschler's column was not appearing. When called for comment, Daily Advertiser Editor Denise Richter referred all questions to Advertiser Publisher Ted Power.
"I don't know if anybody here has talked to him or not," Power says. "I believe Mr. Tritschler has a personal issue that he's dealing with, and he couldn't submit an entry last week. There will be no additional entries until all that's resolved from either side, right or left."
Tritschler, a marketing director with Teche Federal Savings Bank in New Iberia, did not return a call and e-mail for comment on his arrest.
The Advertiser will be keeping Tritschler's old political commentaries up on its Web site. "There's nothing wrong with keeping stuff up [on the Web site] that we've already published," says Power. "We're not embarrassed by anything."
Power expects the political blogs will resume normally next week, though he did not know if a replacement had been found for Tritschler.
Republican executive committee member Don Bertrand says he has been asked by The Advertiser's online editor, Bill Decker, to continue "RightBlog." Bertrand says he hopes to write a much less abrasive column than Tritschler ' one he says should be more representative of local Republicans. Bertrand says Tritschler has not been actively involved with the parish Republican committee for several years. Tritschler notably broke rank with many in his party last year when he argued against Lafayette Utilities System's fiber-to-the-home project in a guest editorial in The Daily Advertiser. The LUS initiative ' a signature issue of Republican City-Parish President Joey Durel ' was heavily backed by the parish Republican committee.
"Suffice to say, [Tritschler] did not represent most people on the Republican Parish Executive Committee and probably did not represent many Republicans," Bertrand says. "I found him to be venomous in what I did read. His writings tend to carry a certain amount of anger."
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.
Hushed plans for a commercial development along the Louisiana Avenue portion of the Holy Rosary campus put the future of longtime tenant EarthShare Gardens in jeopardy.
If a recent advertisement in The Daily Advertiser is any indication, speculation the local daily will be implementing the “Butterfly Project” could be more of a reality than the Gannett-owned paper’s top execs are willing to admit.
Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.