Update: The Advocate has finally revealed statistics on Dan Claitor’s legal work including the fact that he does practice as a personal injury attorney and has handled 66 criminal court cases. They fail to mention the full array of clients he has represented, including murderers. Nevertheless, they do finally acknowledge, in effect, that he is a trial attorney.
Today’s Dr. Phil show focuses on internal negative dialogue that prevents us from facing the real truth about ourselves. Grab some popcorn, sit back, relax and learn!
Dr. Phil: Today, my guest is Dan Claitor, candidate for senate District 16. I received a call from some of Dan’s friends and family members who are concerned about the confusion he has created and today we hope to get to the bottom of it so Dan can focus on the truth. When we face the truth, we eliminate the confusion in our minds and the minds of others. Welcome, Dan!
Dan Claitor: Hello, Dr. Phil. (rolls his eyes)
Dr. Phil: Dan, there is no doubt about it – you have been sending some mixed messages, and people are concerned. First you said you were an assistant district attorney, then a prosecuting attorney, then a business attorney, and now you claim you are a maritime attorney. You ran for district attorney and a few months later you decided you wanted to be a senator. Isn’t this correct?
Dan Claitor: No response
Dr. Phil: Dan, I can’t help you if you don’t cooperate. Aren’t these facts true?
Dan Claitor: Yes
Dr. Phil: Dan, today I have invited a few of your former law partners to help us sort this out. Everyone, please welcome personal injury and trial attorneys, Greg Murphy and Chandler Loupe.
Dr. Phil: Now, Greg and Chandler have agreed to help Dan figure out who he really is today. In order to accomplish this, we need to take a short walk down memory lane. Let’s start with Chandler. Chandler, would you please explain to us your relationship with Dan.
Chandler Loupe: I am a personal injury attorney, and Dan was my former law partner, along with Greg. I now have my own firm and specialize in wrongful death, chemical exposure and other typical trial attorney cases. Right Greg?
Greg Murphy: That’s right Chandler. Dr. Phil, I am also a personal injury attorney and one of my specialties are maritime accidents. We were all three partners, but now I have a new partner and firm. Perhaps this is why Dan lists maritime law?
Dan Claitor: I am not a trial attorney.
Dr. Phil: Dan, it’s important that you face the truth today. Denial is not just a river in Egypt, and you can’t move forward if you don’t face the past.
Dan Claitor: Can’t you help me out by just talking about Lee Domingue, my opponent. That seems to keep the focus off of me!
Dr. Phil: (ignoring that comment) Now, Dan, according to The Advocate and Times Picayune, you represented numerous cases of a personal injury nature. These cases include suits you filed, on behalf of your clients, against various law enforcement agencies. What about the cocaine distribution case where you filed a $750,000 law suit and took the case all the way to the Supreme Court about an illegally obtained search warrant. Do you remember representing that client?
Dan Claitor: Vaguely.
Dr. Phil: Dan, what about the case where you sued a city in Louisiana claiming that your client deserved more money because the man who assaulted your client was their employee at the time of the incident?
Dan Claitor: Vaguely
Dr. Phil: Dan, do you have any recollection of being a law partner with these two personal injury attorneys? Do YOU have any memory of being a trial attorney?
Dan Claitor: Vaguely
Chandler Loupe: C’mon Dan!
Greg Murphy: Dan, please!
Dan Claitor: Yes I remember, but I am running for the high office of Senate in one of the most conservative districts in the state and that part of my life is something I prefer to not face.
Dr. Phil: Dan, this is why there is so much confusion surrounding your desire to be in politics. Voters expect politicians to make mistakes, but they are looking for candidates that know who they are and are willing to reveal their background. Confusion circling your identity is not positive, and today we want to simply help you to face the facts. The truth will set you free, Dan!
Dan Claitor: I would rather talk about the other candidate. I learned, as a prosecutor, to attack others on the witness stand. I prefer to watch them squirm.
Dr. Phil: Dan, we have one more special guest today that might shed some light on your state of denial. Please welcome East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney, Hillar Moore.
Hillar Moore: (walks out in baseball jersey and cap while holding a bat)
Dr. Phil: (laughing) Hillar, welcome! Tell the audience why a DA would dress in baseball attire.
Hillar Moore: Dr. Phil, thank you for inviting me today. This is my way of letting Dan know that his attacks against me in the campaign for district attorney didn’t work. He is very passive-aggressive, and tried to discredit me to the public by making my community service as a baseball coach a reason to not elect me. It didn’t work, I’m the new DA!
Dan Claitor: Hillar, let’s not talk about my past, okay?
Dr. Phil: Dan, that’s why we are here today. I want to give you some homework! I want you to write these words, “I was a trial attorney”. I need you to write them down 5,000 times, and hopefully the truth will sink in your head.
Dan Claitor: I can’t do that.
Dr. Phil: Dan, okay, let’s try this: just take these contrasting comments you have made over the past year or so, and study them every day for one week, please! (hands Dan a list that pops up on the large screen) Dan, this list will help you face your confusion. For instance, you said you would be ‘tough on crime’ in the last political race you ran, but you represented the likes of drug dealers and drunk drivers. All I want you to do is to see the confusion in your own mind, and therefore, in the mind of the voters of district 16.
Dan Claitor: (grabs his cellphone and texts Marsha Shuler at The Advocate)
Dr. Phil: I’m not sure we made much progress today, but I want my listeners to know that in order for you to serve the people effectively, that you must first serve the truth. Facing who you are is a good start. If we can face who we are, we can better express to others who we really are behind our mask. Go to my website and read more about finding your authentic self and how not to be at odds with your public persona. Take my authenticity litmus test and become a better you. I want to thank Dan for at least showing up today and hope he will agree to face his past so he can have a clearer future.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican