Childhood Memories of Unions Sunday, Oct 26 2008 

After continually receiving the anti-union mailers this political season, I had a flashback to childhood memories.  It was clearly one of the few times I remember being frightened as a kid. 

My Dad refused to be a ‘union man’ and crossed the picket line for work.   While he was at work, someone was calling our house threatening my Mother, telling her they were coming for her and the children.  My grandfather had to come and stay with us because the threats increased.  Though we weren’t told the whole story, I knew some bad guys were planning on coming to our home to get us because my Dad was working in spite of the union’s demands to picket. 

One night I snuck down the hallway and heard my Dad telling my Mother about the union guys calling him names and throwing things at him as he crossed the line.  That was the way Unions operated back then.  People were intimidated, hurt and told what to do.  

Still frightened, it was then I realized my Dad was a real hero for standing up against the ‘bad’ union guys for what he believed.  It would be one of the many lessons my Dad taught me that carried me through life’s challenges.

Lane Grigsby, local business owner and political activist, is spending his own money to let us know that there is a move afoot to have legislation passed that would strip employees of the ability to vote in private by unions.  One of Grigsby’s mailers provides a long list of financial supporters that are union-based on Cazayoux’s political contribution list.  

As they say, follow the money, and you will know where someone’s heart is in a campaign. 

I was not happy to see that Cazayoux kept dodging political forums while both Jackson and Cassidy were willing to debate as often as possible.  Cazayoux’s people claimed scheduling issues, but it doesn’t take a political consultant to tell us that when someone runs for office they clamor for public forums.  Unless they have something to hide or issues they don’t want brought to light.  Maybe Cazayoux doesn’t want anyone to ask him about his union bias?

Either way, this gives me one more reason to not vote for Cazayoux. It was also a reason I was not a fan of Kip Holden’s candidacy as he is entrenched with the labor unions.  

Vote for the right-to-work and against labor-supported candidates.  That means in the 6th congressional district that you would choose Jackson or Cassidy.  I choose Senator Bill Cassidy to represent me.  The heart of a physician, family man, and politician who turned down the legislative pay raise.  That’s the kind of man I want to represent me in Washington.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

The Enemies in Obama’s Camp Tuesday, Oct 21 2008 

“Obama Campaign Public Enemy #1”:  Joe Biden

I’m not sure what on earth possessed Joe Biden to make the kind of statements he did in Atlanta on Sunday, but it almost seemed as if he were speaking assuredly, prophetically – or maybe it’s Joe Biden gone wild?  His words still echo in my mind:

“Mark my words.  It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.  The world is looking.  Remember I said it standing here.  If you don’t remember anything else I said.  Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.  And he’s gonna have to make some really tough I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur.”  

Phew!  I’ve got to take a real deep breath after hearing Biden’s words.  What can we make of such insanity?  What running mate would even imagine to utter these kind of statements on a campaign trail?  No one would wish this type of situation on any potential leader or candidate – friend or foe.  No one in their right mind.  And if they did have such machinations, surely they would not utter them publicly.  Screwy thinking is all I can say.  Self-fulfilling prophesies often come to fruition when we utter such blasphemies.  Joe, please take your meds and calm down!  Seems the enemy is in Obama’s own camp and his name is Joe Biden.

“Obama Campaign Public Enemy #2”:  Bill Ayers

Yes, I know that some would like to dismiss the Obama-Bill Ayers relationship.  I won’t belabor it much, just suffice it to say that Ayers was a cofounder of the Weather Underground and admittedly bombed public buildings.  Obama says they only lived in the same neighborhood, had lunch, served on a board together and the amount of money he gave his campaign was nominal.   I guess that means Ayers is only on the fringe of Obama’s campaign?  Ask Hillary Clinton, she was the one who expressed concerns when she was running against Obama.

“Obama Campaign Public Enemy #3”:  Reverand Jeremiah Wright

Far be it for me to criticize a man of God, so I will let his own words speak for himself:

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America’.  No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.  God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.  god damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Phew!  Another deep breath.  This pastor married Obama and his wife, Michelle, baptized their two daughters, was given credit for Obama’s book title, ‘The Audacity of Hope”, and served as the Obama family pastor for 18 years.  Enough said.

“Obama Campaign Public Enemy #4”:  Reverand Jessie Jackson

Unfortunately Jackson has developed a love-hate relationship with Obama.  Jackson endorsed Obama in 2007, while in 2008 when caught on camera speaking under his breath, Jackson said he wanted to cut off his (Obama’s) nuts.  Gee, with friends like these in your camp, who needs enemies? 

I suppose that’s enough enemies for one day.  We won’t revisit the fact that Hillary Clinton ripped Obama publicly as too big of a risk for America to take, or any of the other flip floppers that once spoke against Barack Obama and now stand in the camp shadows hoping they have bet on the right horse.  Some call them fair weather friends, I call them enemies in Obama’s Camp.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Special Interest Groups Bankroll Cazayoux Sunday, Oct 19 2008 

It always concerns me when special interest groups dominate a candidate’s fundraising.  When PAC’s, unions, and trial lawyers are bankrolling a candidate, there is a reason.  Why?  Because all three of these groups come-a-calling after election day with their wish list for the candidate.  

It’s one thing to hear the buzz, it’s another when we have the privilege of seeing firsthand the finance reports of a candidate to prove whence the money comes.  Here is a list of who is bankrolling the 6th Congressional race:

Don Cazayoux

  • Cazayoux’s largest contributor:  trial lawyers
  • 2nd largest contributor:  PACS providing 52% of Cazayoux’s money.
  • Only 3 of his top 20 contributors are local individuals and ranking in the top 3 (combined contributions) are unions.
  • Though Cazayoux’s personal net worth shows between $540,000 to $765,000, he has not loaned his campaign any money.

Bill Cassidy

  • Cassidy’s top contributors read like an all-star Greater Baton Rouge business list of companies that have always given to the community.  Names you will recognize like Valluzzo, Hise, Lipsey, Wampold, Pellar, Turner, Polito, Mockler, et al.
  • Louisiana Business & Industry, referred to as LABI, supports Cassidy which means he is good for business in Louisiana.  They scrutinize candidates and work against special interest groups.
  • Cassidy has loaned his own campaign around $29,000.

Michael Jackson

  • Jackson has an interesting mix in his top 20 contributors including familiar names like Grigsby, Fields, Bailey, and Lamar.
  • A few faith-based groups also support Jackson in his top 20 contributors.  His top contributor appears to be Grigsby who is vehemently against Cazayoux due to his personal views against union support.
  • Jackson has also loaned his campaign some $20,000+.

Now that we have followed the money, we have proof that special interest groups are bankrolling Cazayoux’s $2 million campaign.  Hands down, the trial lawyers, unions and PAC’s are some of the most powerful groups in political special interest circles.  All three support Cazayoux.  This means I cannot and will not support a man who agreed to allow these special interest groups to give him such large contributions.  By the way, there is a reason they did.  They know who they can control – a liberal democrat. 

Again, my vote is for Cassidy for the 6th Congressional District seat.  I respect the group of business leaders that support him and am willing to add my vote to the man they invested their hard earned dollars in – Cassidy. 

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Can the Red Stick Afford $989 Million in Debt? Saturday, Oct 18 2008 

 

On November 4, 2008, voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will decide if the Red Stick can afford to take on nearly $1 billion in new debt proposed by tax and spend liberal democrat Mayor-President Kip Holden.

Conventional wisdom and troubled financial times tells me we would be foolish to agree to give parish government approval to sign a 30 year debt for Holden’s proposed $989 million tax. 

Some would say that municipal bonds are ‘safe’.  As the New York Times stated, our current financial crisis in the credit market proves that past performance is no indicator of what is happening in the here and now.

Make no mistake.  A bond issue is a debt and a tax.  Plain and simple.  

Bond issues do not come without controversy due to the millions of dollars made by the long barrage of attorneys that are involved. 

One of the few times I was enamored with Mary Landrieu was when she stood up to those involved in bond issues in Louisiana that turned political back in the mid-90’s.  Landrieu took a lot of heat over the situation, but she was right and stood against the good ole boy network.

Under Governor Edwin Edwards, bond issues were created and minority storefront brokerage operations were allowed to share in the spoil to spread the wealth of bond issue fees.  Edward’s comment to the New York Times was that he “was surprised that people were surprised” by the arrangement which was “very usual.”  One of the many issues Landrieu had was that these firms were chosen for political reasons to turn out the black vote.  The black caucus pounced on Landrieu, but she stood tough and it brought an injustice to light.

In related controversies over large fees being taken by bond attorneys, the Securities Exchange Commission disallowed New York firms from participating in political campaigns through contributions. 

Trust me, bond issues are huge money makers for the barrage of attorneys involved which include a long line of legal counsel to represent both sides, review, prepare, consult, ad infinitum.  Lawsuits have been settled in Louisiana for the practice of not allowing bonds to be on public bid.  

If the local tax passes, I would hope that no one associated with the Holden campaign would be remotely involved in the bond issue.  On the other hand, I hope the bond issue (tax) does not pass in its present form.

I stand with John McCain.  Why raise anyone’s taxes? 

But a small group of individuals are working powerfully to raise your taxes.  The list includes Mayor-President Kip Holden, the Downtown Development District, the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, the Baton Rouge Union of Police, Police Chief Jeff Leduff, the Baton Rouge Firefighters Association, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, and Rolfe McCollister, Jr.  

Holden had 4 years to address infrastructure.  He waited until his second term to do so.  Safe to say the least.  There is an elaborate campaign behind the scenes working to present the taxpayers a slick sell on raising your taxes.  The latest commercial by Holden with a teenage girl is just another strategic move to convince voters to vote for higher taxes.  Children in advertising are convincing and appealing.  Each move is carefully calculated.

If you feel you are not paying enough taxes and are not concerned about the fact that we had a surplus in city government last year, vote for higher taxes.   But, if you feel you are taxed enough and are interested in city parish officials digging deeper and paying as we go, then vote no to Holden’s tax plan and force them to go back to the drawing board and to come up with a better plan of action.

Vote NO to higher taxes!

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Doctor, Lawyer or Indian Chief? Friday, Oct 17 2008 

On November 4, 2008, the 6th Congressional District will decide on who will represent them in Washington.  Those choices include Dr. Bill Cassidy, attorney Michael Jackson or incumbent Don Cazayoux.  Although it is true that Cazayoux has only been in office a few months, I thought it would be of interest to take a look at his voting record.

  • Cazayoux voted NAY to H.R. 6899.  A bill intended to reduce U.S. dependency on oil by advancing renewable and clean fuel alternatives.  His commercials say otherwise.  I believe the record.
  • Cazayoux ABSTAINED from several votes including H.R. 4081 to prevent tobacco smuggling and to ensure the collection of tobacco taxes, S. 2617 to increase the compensation for veterans, and H.R. 1527  to allow certain rural veterans to seek healthcare providers in their area – yet Cazayoux claims he honors veterans. 
  • The most positive thing I can attribute to Cazayoux was his record as a prosecutor which is to be commended.  Perhaps he should have remained in that capacity and continued service where it was more appropriate.

The Center for Responsive Politics shows that Cazayoux received 50% of his contributions from PACS.  This, along with his stand on numerous issues and tendency to increase taxes proves to me he is just another tax and spend liberal democrat out of touch with his constituency and the difficult challenges we all face.

Michael Jackson, as representative in the Louisiana Legislature, voted FOR the legislative pay raises.  Almost enough said, but not quite.

  • Jackson voted FOR including the promotion of poker tournaments.  Gaming in Louisiana has been a poor decision on our part and added to the demise of many families causing undue financial strain taking away from the real needs of families.
  • Jackson voted AGAINST ethics complaints being anonymous which is a deterrent to complaints by those fearing revenge.
  • A positive for Jackson has been his work in the inner city areas on health centers and education.  He is to be commended.

Reviewing Jackson’s voting record does not make me a huge fan of his politics.  I cannot, in good faith, vote for Jackson to pull levers on my behalf in D.C. though he would be better than Cazayoux in my opinion.  UPDATE:  Due to Jackson’s position in The Advocate today on granting 12 million illegal immigrants amnesty, opposing domestic drilling and providing universal healthcare endorsed by Obama, I withdraw my earlier comment that he is an option to consider for Congress.

Senator Bill Cassidy immediately received my kudos when he voted AGAINST the legislative pay raise on the infamous debacle of SB672.   It was refreshing, to say the least.  Other initiatives by Cassidy caught my eye and showed me he was a candidate interested in the needs of the people:

  • Cassidy voted YES to castration of sex offenders on SB144, something his opponent did not do.
  • Cassidy voted YES to curb those allowed to do business with the state of Louisiana based on conflicts of interest on Amend 423 to SB1.
  • Cassidy co-founded a clinic that brought doctors together to provide medical care to the working uninsured of our community, and serves at our local charity hospital as one of the state’s most well known hepatologists. 
  • Cassidy’s immediate reaction post-Katrina to turn an abandoned KMart into a medical triage to serve those needing medical care was leadership in action.  One of my friends served as a volunteer and told me the intricate details of Cassidy’s ability to forge partnerships with the business and medical community to provide these services at no cost to those receiving care. 
  • Cassidy also helped to create partnerships to provide 36,000 children with needed vaccines at no cost to taxpayers.  An associate of mine works for a program providing services to public schools explained the program to me and how it reached public, private and catholic school children saving parents and the community countless dollars. 

Bill Cassidy impresses me because I have to believe that a physician does not need to run for political office.  The programs he has created coupled with his vote against legislative pay raises shows me he is a man of the people that would continue to put his constituents first and perhaps change the face of our health care system.  I feel comfortable with him representing us in Congress.

My vote is for Bill Cassidy for the 6th Congressional District.  I want the heart of a doctor, with a mind focused on the people, and hands-on leadership that thinks out of the box to speak for me in Washington.  In my opinion, we need more candidates like Cassidy.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

More Taxes for the Red Stick? Tuesday, Oct 14 2008 

In light of Mayor-President Kip Holden’s proposed $989 million tax increase, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back in time at the words of past leaders regarding tax increases.  I’ll let them speak to this topic:

  • “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”  John Marshall
  • Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it, so we cut the people’s tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before.”  Ronald Reagan
  • “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”  Winston Churchill
  • Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”  Calvin Coolidge
  • Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:  If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  Ronald Reagan
  • To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder.”  Benjamin Disraeli
  • “And the fore horse on this frightful team is public debt.  Taxation follows that, and its train wretchedness and oppression.”  Thomas Jefferson
  • “I am not the candidate of the status quo.  I don’t believe you tax your way to prosperity.”  Rolfe McCollister, Jr. (during his campaign for Mayor in 2000)

I believe the public has enough sense to know, without these quotes, that taxation for additional public debt is a burden that our community does not need in these financially troubled times.  Had we chosen a mayor that would have taken a harder look at our city parish budget, we would be discussing cutting taxes and wiser spending vs liberal taxation. 

Vote NO to new taxes.  Join the wisdom of our forefathers and demand that the Red Stick budget be scrubbed and not padded.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Holden Claims Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Tuesday, Oct 7 2008 

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Just when I thought the topic of the mayoral race was over and we would move on to the tax issue, like a bad movie, newly re-elected Mayor-President Kip Holden decides that thumbing his nose at his opponents who lost needed just a little more goading.  Or should I call it gloating by Holden?

This morning Holden gets out of bed (hopefully his own) and runs down to the radio station to the Jim Engster show to tell the voters there was a vast right wing conspiracy” against him that failed to bring him down because he is so damn likeable.

That’s absolutely the strangest thing I have ever heard. 

A guy wins a political race by nearly a landslide and he spends the first two days after the election talking with The Advocate and WKRF Radio about his opponents who lost to him.  

On the other hand, just in time for Halloween Mayor Holden takes off his mask and gives us all a glimpse of who he really is and what he is really about.  Take note, folks.

This is the beginning of a candidate coming undone! 

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.  Sad because Holden brought up some personal issue between him and a business owner that he thought had dreamed up this “vast right wing conspiracy” against him.  And, in usual fashion, the BR Business Report perpetuates this insanity by Holden to their readership on today’s daily report.  I believe it was the most forwarded Daily Report I’ve ever received with humorous comments about Kip needing to move on and be about the business of the people. 

What is most troubling is the quick draw by Holden to make accusations by specifically naming names of individuals he ‘feels’ have wronged him.  The message he is sending is that if you disagree with him or even choose to work against his agenda, your name will be given to the media.  Holden is attempting to intimidate those disagreeing with him. 

Bad move on Holden’s part.  Good for people to see first hand.  Welcome to Kip World! 

In less than 60 days Holden has accused 6 different people of distributing a negative flyer about him or participating in a “vast right wing conspiracy” changing the name of the accused in almost every interview.

Like Decuir said in a follow-up interview on Engster, this is a competitive business (politics) and to be expected.  Some even call it a full contact sport.  I do believe Holden just took off his mask, albeit once again, to show us what he is really made of and it isn’t very pretty.  Now can we talk about the 30-year tax you expect us to pay?

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Mayor Holden Mocks Losers Monday, Oct 6 2008 

In the political world, no matter how rough a campaign seems, it’s common to be humble, compliment or ignore your opponents if you win the election.  But newly re-elected Mayor Kip Holden, elevated the art of mockery to a new level by thumbing his nose at the opponents he beat.  

Furthermore, Holden made several accusations about his opponents:

  • Holden accused Kyle, Johnson and Carter of working in collusion in the Mayor’s race to unseat him in a “well devised plan”
  • Holden also accused his opponents of trying to steal away his white votes. 
  • Finally, Holden accused his opponents of negative campaigning and touted his own positive, upbeat TV ads. 

None of these comments surprise me.  This is Holden revealing himself as he truly is to the voters post-election.  What does surprise me is that he is unaware that his opponents did not run any ads due to lack of funds.  If Holden’s opponents had such a “well devised plan” we would have seen a different election, with all due respect to the mayor.  Maybe Holden does not understand what happens when an incumbent is taken on by more than one opponent?  In fact, normally it is much more intense.  I thought this race was fairly easy to win for him post-hurricane and with opponents who had virtually no funds to spend.

The comments about stealing his white votes is one I will let you figure out for yourself since no one but Holden has found it necessary to ever bring up the issue of race in the mayoral election.  After all, man does speak out of the abundance of his heart.

This is the true Kip Holden.  He opened a small crack in the door for voters to see who he really is in this interview with The Advocate.  Enough said.

If you want to ignore all of Holden’s comments listed above, feel free to do so.  But please pay attention to his final comment: 

  • Holden hopes his popularity will rub off on his proposed $989 million dollar tax package and plans on spending the next month campaigning to convince voters to say yes to increased taxes.

Holden refused to seperate this tax proposal to allow voters to choose the taxes they are willing to pay.  This was a huge mistake.  Voters now must agree to pay a 30-year increase in taxes for the package Holden and his consultants have put together.  All or nothing is our only choice.

Vote NO to a 30-year increase in taxes!

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Holden Re-Elected with Few Promises Sunday, Oct 5 2008 

In the information age, it is rare to see a politician win an election with so few promises as Mayor-President Kip Holden made in his bid for re-election.  His message in the campaign was “to keep working with you and for you”.  Holden won the election by a large margin and now the accountability for Holden begins.  Let’s take a look at the promises, albeit few, that Holden made during his campaign:

  • Public Safety:  Top priority
    • Holden said “we will work hard to get you an education, we will work hard to get you a job, if you break the law we will work hard at putting you in jail.”  (No specifics were given.)
    • Holden said he plans to install an additional 80 cameras with gunshot detectors in city-parish parks. (The Advocate stated on August 31st that the $3.5 million spent on other gunshot detectors are still not in use.  This expenditure was made by Holden in 2007 with taxpayer money.  Guess the voters missed this snafu?)
  • Traffic – another ‘major concern’ says Holden:
    • Continue the Green Light Plan to widen and improve some roads (began 4 years ago and is moving slowly)
    • Try to work with Parish Presidents of surrounding parishes to develop the infamous loop (currently at a stand still)
  • Blight Clean Up:
    • Continue neighborhood clean-ups of abandoned cars, overgrown lots, abandoned buildings (a mandate and program that has been in effect from previous administrations)
  • Raise taxes to the tune of nearly $1 BILLION:
    • Holden promised to lobby for and push a $989 million tax on the residents of EBR Parish to build a new prison, a new sheriff’s office, a new police headquarters, renovate the city-parish (mayor’s office) facility, build a new juvenile detention center, expand the River Center, replace 8 fire stations, upgrade the infrastructure including replacing 38 bridges, work on 10 drainage canals, replace 50 traffic signals, build a downtown parking garage and a downtown tourist attraction next to Casino Rouge.
  • Economic development spending to the tune of 1/2 MILLION:
    • Continue to give the BR Chamber $500,000 annually to bring more jobs to the Red Stick (which brought an endorsement by the BRCC for this election, yet no reported accountability)
    • Draw more restaurants, businesses and corporate offices to downtown.  (Downtown is where Holden spends the majority of his focus and taxpayers money in lieu of neighborhoods where crime and blight continue to plaque our community.)
  • Non-specific areas:
    • Dream big and turn dreams into realities.

Well, that’s about it.  Holden made few promises, but sold his “crossover appeal” and “vision for Baton Rouge being American’s next greatest city”.  I must commend his spin doctors and the likes of Rolfe McCollister, Jr. of the BR Business Report for snowing the people of Baton Rouge and leading them into more taxes, continued traffic woes and a crime plagued city with no real substance other than a tax election to improve infrastructure.

For the first time, I finally understand the indifference of voters.  I’ve heard about it for years, but thought the people of our parish would prove that theory wrong.  They didn’t in this election.

Evidently voters of EBR Parish are happy with the status quo and look forward to paying increased fees and taxes.  Congratulations to Holden for an election with few promises and selling the voters on more government spending of their hard earned dollars.  Get out your checkbook folks!

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

P.S.  Thanks to Dan Kyle, Ron Johnson and Wayne Carter for bringing some issues to the forefront.  All three men will be able to say “I told you so” over the next four years.  When they do, some will call it sour grapes.  I will call it truthful warnings that the voters refused to heed.  We seem destined to repeat political history in the Red Stick.

EBRP Mayoral Race . . . Follow the Money Thursday, Oct 2 2008 

In All the Presidents Men, Washington reporter Bob Woodward was talking with Deepthroat when he said, “All we’ve got are pieces. We can’t figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like.”  Deepthroat said, “Forget the myths the media’s created. . .just follow the money.”

Since that movie, based on factual happenings, the world of politics has demanded that we follow the money. 

Today I received my second mailer from Lane Grigsby, owner of Cajun Constructors.  The mailer says:  Be Informed, Get Involved.  I visited his website and read about his passion for changing our community and the need to get involved politically by being informed and voting.  He is to be commended.

Yesterday I received a phone call that asked if I knew what the mayoral candidates were spending their money on.  These two events led me to do some research. 

If you want to view campaign finance reports, you go to the ethics website and search any political candidate.  The result is a list of income and expenditures.  Viewing the mayoral candidates certainly shed some light on the mayor’s race.

Mayoral candidate Wayne Carter doesn’t seem to be spending much money, with one large contribution for $10,000 from the Republican Party. 

Mayoral candidate Day Kyle had a similar report showing a contribution of $10,000 from the LA GOP with little expenditure. 

Mayoral candidate Ron Johnson had an interesting contribution from Cleo Fields for $1,500, loaned himself $750 and had nominal expenditures.

Mayor Kip Holden’s reports, on the other hand, were obviously different.  His contributions, as mentioned in The Advocate, were 20 times more than his opponents combined.  More money means more expenditures including advertising — especially media.  What I did find curious were some of his expenditures over the past year and a half.  It appeared to me that some were excessive and unexplainable as far as a campaign requires.  For instance:

  • Kip Holden shows $13,513.00 in flowers was listed as in-kind contributions — that is a huge amount of flowers!  There were 14 expenditures listed as flowers ranging from $491.00 to $1,537.38.  Why so much?  What were these flowers used for?  Or who were they given to?  Seems odd.
  • Kip Holden shows $12,390.00 paid to LSU for tickets and parking — are these really campaign expenditures?  Do you think his contributors intended to pay for his LSU tickets and parking for 2007 and 2008 in lieu of necessary campaign expenses?  This paled in comparison to Southern University where Holden only spent $806.00.  Still, is this a legitimate campaign expense?
  • Kip Holden spent $6,132.00 for Camelot membership dues.  Again, is this a legitimate campaign expenditure?
  • Kip Holden spent $2,000 in car repairs.  What vehicle was repaired?  Doesn’t he use the city vehicle 24/7 with bodyguards?  Is he ‘charging’ his campaign contributors for the repairs of a city vehicle?  If not, whose vehicle?

In my opinion these types of expenditures prove that Mayor Kip Holden has no regard for other people’s money.  Campaign contributors expect their hard earned money to be spent on the required debts necessary for an election, not for frivolous luxuries.  It begs the question.

Holden’s opponents have called him a tax and spend liberal.  His own campaign finance report proves this true — once again.  This small piece of information took me about an hour to find.  I don’t have time or the inclination to look closer.  I’ve seen enough.

Mayor Kip Holden is a spendthrift.  He spends our tax dollars on needless luxuries like 24/7 bodyguards and a Lincoln Town Car.  He spends his campaign contributor’s money on flowers, LSU tickets and someone’s car repairs.  His commercials say his records speaks for itself – well, so do his campaign expenditure reports!

We don’t need a tax and contribution spendthrift.  We need a Mayor that is free from union control and endorsements and that will SAVE the taxpayers, be wise when spending their campaign contributions, and cut the budget to find the dollars necessary to meet the needs of the citizens of EBR Parish. 

I’ve had enough of Holden and his plans to increase our taxes and spend our money with no regard because he didn’t invest a dime of it – how you spend other people’s money is a true reflection of your priorities and regard for others.  The position of Mayor-President is not a ‘whatever makes me feel good’ position.  Holden, obviously, doesn’t understand this fact.

Go to the polls Saturday.  Put a hold on Holden!  Choose another candidate – Dan Kyle, Ron Johnson or Wayne Carter.  There are other choices — regardless of the myths the media has concocted.  Holden is beatable if we do as Grigsby said:  Be Informed, Get Involved.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

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