Simply put, we have found a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council that has become:
Vox Populi, the ‘Voice of the People’
We are watching a true leader walking the walk, not just talking the talk.
Councilman Joel Boe’ not only stood up for his constituents in District 9, but he stood in the gap for the entire parish by standing strong against a foolish plan by Mayor-President Kip Holden.
The Mayor attempted to stack the deck in his favor by shutting out certain portions of the parish and excluding them from their right to vote on a parish tax increase this fall.
Holden’s divisive move is a show of his true colors gone wild.
Without doing his due diligence, Holden made a single-minded decision to exclude areas of the parish that previously voted against his proposed tax increases. Coffee shop talk reveals that Holden and his consultant’s believe he is invincible based on past political polls.
This was an unfortunate position to take.
When Boe’ spoke against Holden’s divisive move, the Mayor went to great lengths to put Boe’ in his place and verbally attack him in the media.
On the other hand, cool as a cucumber, Boe’, took the verbal assaults by Holden and still spoke for the people.
Boe’ showed signs of a true leader.
Holden’s hot-headed nature has become more prolific. In spite of his personal attacks on Boe’, the councilman remained calm, stood his ground, and won by forcing Holden’s hand. Yesterday Holden was surrounded by hundreds of citizens crowding into the Metro Council Chamber. They had come to support Boe’ and to let the Mayor know he works for the people.
The voters have longed for a voice of the people. Boe’s leadership caused Holden to back down and finally do the right thing by including all of the parish of East Baton Rouge.
Boe’ has won the support of many groups including members of the local Tea Party, several North Baton Rouge African-American organizations and leaders, his constituents, and others who have been longing for real leadership in the Red Stick.
Holden soon found out that whatever he says doesn’t necessarily fly with the voters. In fact, two of the three areas Holden set out to exclude met this week to voice their desires to be a part of the tax decision.
My hope is truly renewed. There is never a wrong time to do the right thing!
It’s almost like having a glimpse of character traits that would be attractive in a future Mayor when I observe Boe’.
Stranger things have happened in the Red Stick.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican