How did we miss this? At the Gumbo Cookoff last weekend in New Iberia, members of the local delegation of FreedomWorks, the tea party group headquartered in Washington, D.C. that opened a satellite office in Lafayette a few weeks ago to take down U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, passed out pro-Jeff Landry/anti-Boustany pamphlets containing some misinformation about Boustany, or, as the Lafayette Republican congressman calls them, lies.
KATC did a story on Tuesday about the fracas after the Boustany campaign went ballistic. At issue in the pamphlet are claims that Boustany never signed crazy Grover Norquist’s tax pledge — he did, and he has provided a copy of the signed pledge to prove it — and that he hasn’t been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee — he was, and he has produced the letter to prove it.
KATC interviewed Joyce Linde, the Tea Party of Lafayette organizer who, not coincidentally after being flown to D.C. for some high-end schmoozing by the FreedomWorks folks, is now a regional director for FreedomWorks, which jointly with TPL endorsed Landry over Boustany in the Nov. 6 election. Linde fessed up to the inaccuracies in the pamphlet, telling the TV station, “The tax pledge was not in our original document, and so maybe we feel that the graphic designer at FreedomWorks or somewhere inserted that.” Yes, she blamed the graphics designer. As for the National Right to Life Committee endorsement, Linde told KATC, “[A]nd this is one endorsement of several that got by us.”
The Boustany campaign has sent a letter (see below) to FreedomWorks’ D.C. office demanding answers about how the inaccuracies made it into the pamphlet. The Boustany campaign is not, however holding its breath. At the Boustany-funded website LAFactCheck.com, the campaign excoriates Landry and FreedomWorks/Tea Party of Lafayette:
We here at LAFactCheck.com will give credit where credit is due; Jeff Landry is a pretty good politician. The man clearly knows how to talk out of both sides of his mouth, and he will tell his audience whatever it wants to hear. However, matters get a little tricky when you are passing out printed materials. As Jeff knows very well, it’s not smart to leave a paper trail to your dirty deeds while lying through your teeth. Unfortunately for him, the truth caught up to him….this time.
MAY 22 This post was written the day after the second line shooting in NOLA, by Brentin Mock. Mock is a friend of Deb "Big Red" Cotton, a blogger who was shot in the back and was seriously injured. It is a raw, emotional piece of writing, something the writer obviously felt he needed to get off his chest. But it raises questions that can't be easily dismissed, and might give some insight into where the source of these events truly is.
MAY 22 In this Baton Rouge Business Report post, Rolfe McCollister considers the privatization of bus service in Baton Rouge. After decades of under-funding, it is a mess, and although a tax (partially) passed last year, improvement hasn't happened yet. McCollister apparently feels it is time to let private business get in on the transit business.
MAY 22 This post on Bayou Buzz by Jeff Crouere urges the defeat of a bill that would grant modest pay increases over the next several years to the state's judges and clerks of court. The state is in no position to fund pay hikes, Crouere argues, with the pay increases costing a total of $9 million over several years. It sends the wrong message to the (proverbial) hard-working people of Louisiana, he says.
MAY 22 The Advocate reports here that State Treasurer John Kennedy is complaining about a meeting of the corporation that oversees the state's tobacco settlement. The Governor wanted it restructured, and he has some support, but not a lot. The corporation agreed with his plan, but Kennedy didn't, and it appears that the meeting was noticed in a manner completely different than that of all previous meetings. Kennedy's given to hyperbole, but in this case the fish don't smell too fresh.
MAY 22 In this Advocate story, Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout says the recent federal indictment of a strip club owner is all wrong. The indictment alleges that drugs and prostitution went on with impunity because club staff made arrangements with "local" police. Stout says it never happened, and while his cops do work security in the parking lot, they're not allowed inside.
MAY 22 This amusing post in DIG Baton Rouge recounts an ad that ran on Craig's List recently; the advertiser was seeking tenants for a Beauregard Town house. He knew his market, and wrote an ad that the most ironical hipster couldn't resist. Apparently, he really did know his market, because the ad worked like a charm.
MAY 22 In this post in The Lens, Mark Moseley comments on the rhetoric Gov. Jindal employed in trying to save his tax "reform" package. One interesting point concerns Jindal's use of his brother, Nikesh, in a little story. Nikesh left Louisiana because of his inability to get a decent job, the story goes, but the story won't hold water: Nikesh lives in DC, which has an income tax level comparable to Louisiana, Moseley says. If income taxes caused the dismal situation, it should exist in DC too. Right?
MAY 22 This post by columnist John Maginnis traces the trajectory of the bill that would fund construction at community and technical colleges -- and bypass the Board of Regents and traditional higher ed funding mechanisms. Sure, it will bust the legislature's self-imposed debt limit, but some leges feel that there's more need (because there is more growth) in the community and technical college area than in the university area, he says.
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.
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.