This blog was originally published on January 9th; however, it deserves an update due to breaking news last week by The Advocate:
Mayor-President Kip Holden has now replaced Alfred C. Williams, assistant chief administrative officer, with Mike Futrell. Futrell was state director for U.S. Senator David Vitter, a former State Representative and Metro Council member. One can only ask two key questions:
- Why was Futrell chosen? Holden is a democrat. Futrell is a republican with a fairly good reputation in South Baton Rouge white republican circles whose name was discussed in whispers among local republicans as a potential candidate against Holden in the upcoming Mayoral race. I suppose there will be denial that this is a political move.
- Why did Alfred Williams leave his top post in the Mayor’s office right before a re-election campaign? Media reports claim he wanted to return to his law practice, but Williams has been by Holden’s side through thick and thin and touts himself as someone having the ability to turn out the North Baton Rouge black voters. Why leave just as Holden announces his bid for the fall campaign?
Holden has said that he believes there is a ‘coordinated republican effort’ against him daily as well as a ‘squeeze play’ to run another black candidate against him. Holden also claims there are whispers about him dating a white woman. Sounds like paranoia to me. It begs the question as to whether this candidate is making much ado about nothing. Unless it is true? If that is the case, then it is like traffic congestion and a rising murder rate and is much ado about everything.
Vote-buying is not legal. Neither is hauling voters. Unless you rent vans, hire a consultant that will move voters to the polls and list it on your ethics report as ‘canvassing’. ‘Canvassing’ comes with a huge price tag to the exclusion of all other expenses in a campaign, except for media purchases and the development of ad spots.
The price tag is a hefty one as shown by recent ethic’s reports in the fall election.For instance, in one election alone, The Advocate cited that Mayor Kip Holden’s assistant chief administrative officer played a huge role in the local Sheriff’s race.
Alfred C. Williams, a principal of NDW Consulting, was paid approximately $96,910 to handle the GOTV (get out the vote) based on ethics reports indicating payments to NDW or Williams in the amounts of $1,790, $720, $3,750, $28,650, $10,000, $27,000 and $25,000.
Out of that sum, NDW appeared to have paid $25,000 to election workers for the primary and $27,460 during the run-off for a grand total of $52,460 to Election Day workers. Verification can be found on the Louisiana Ethics Website. The residual seems to be a nice sum for his enterprise making his personal take around $44,450. (The campaign paid additional workers to GOTV according to their finance reports. NDW also made additional healthy payments from other campaigns according to the State of Louisiana ethics website/reports.
Ironically, when you cross the aisle, you can see the republican candidate for Governor only spent $87,000 for Election Day workers STATEWIDE. Seems the democrats are a bit out of kilter on Election Day spending for a parish-wide race?
Quite a comparison – the local Sheriff’s race spent $9,910 MORE than a statewide gubernatorial candidate spent and that does NOT include the additional Election Day workers and consultants. What’s wrong with this picture? That’s what I call ‘the democratic way’.
All things considered, the Democrats have a philosophy that seems intolerable by die-hard Republicans. That includes me.
Ending with one question of the day that is the most puzzling one for this past election cycle: How on earth did Yvonne Dorsey, democrat candidate for former-Senator Cleo Field’s seat, get away with no Election Day workers on her ethics report?
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican