No doubt that Louisiana politics has a dominant place in the archives of U.S. history, and some have reveled in that fact. Perhaps it is the age of information or the downfall of American family values that has caused the average voter to long for political reform in our good state. Reform should always start in our own backyards.
The reform movement will come at a great price. That price includes putting a stop to dangerous liaisons that thwart true reform.
For me, political corruption in Louisiana began with the labor unions. I remember succinctly as a child the effects of the AFLCIO on our personal lives. My father refused to be a member of the union, and the price we paid was both physical and emotional as mentioned in a previous post.
Mayor Kip Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are supported, funded and often work in collusion with the AFLCIO and other local labor unions. These are truly dangerous liaisons for the Red Stick.
What is most troubling is how real corruption is camaflouged and overlooked by the media, community and business leaders. Political corruption still abounds on a local and state level. This must stop.
It was Senator Robert Kostelka that forced the Louisiana Board of Education and media to publicly announce that contracts were not being publicly bid. I believe that Chas Roemer erred in saying that no-bid contracts are justified if there is only one provider.
How do we truly know other providers do not exist without the bid process? This type of mentality opens the door to facilitating more dangerous liaisons, especially given this particular contract totaled $625,000.
Closed meetings, no bids, private conversations among community leaders, business owners and politicians makes for more dangerous liasons. Why do we allow these practices to continue? Only The Advocate would allow our mayor to get away with this incident without forcing the hand of community leaders. Interesting.
Just this past week Baton Rouge Area Chamber officials asked the media to leave the room so they could ask private questions to Mayor Kip Holden about his bond proposal. Adam Knapp and his ‘leaders’ should have realized this would leave a negative impression in our community. Where are real leaders when you need them?
Mayor Kip Holden gives $500,000 of YOUR tax dollars to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber annually. Everything BRAC does is funded by local monies whether through memberships, sponsorships or municipalities. What kind of questions could they ask that we shouldn’t know about? I see more dangerous liaisons on the horizon.
No matter how you slice it, dangerous liaisons in political matters still abound in Louisiana. On a local level, even more so. What I am still amazed at the ability of the media to overlook just about everything that Mayor Kip Holden does while criticizing Governor Bobby Jindal for the same issues.
Mayor-President Kip Holden is the king of private liasions personally and professionally. The proposed $900 million bond issue is immersed in potential corruption and secrecy. Will voters endorse the continued practice of dangerous liaisons in city-parish government or put them to a stop by saying no this fall?
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican