Senator Mary Landrieu . . .The Consummate Politician Sunday, Sep 14 2014 

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Louisiana’s democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is, always, the consummate politician.

I begin by recalling her calm demeanor in the face of the Katrina disaster when speaking with Anderson Cooper — her focus was to thank her fellow politicians rather than discuss the real issues at hand (i.e. lack of response by the government, dead bodies in the street, etc.)

To add insult to injury, Landrieu also went to great links to play politics by issuing a public statement congratulating Governor Blanco for her handling of Katrina.

Unbelievable, right?

Then, at the 2008 DNC when she had an opportunity to ‘play politics’, she chose to speak out against FEMA and the failure to respond properly for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the world of political analysts, the response would be “Well played, Mary, well-played!”

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, is also an avid blackmailer.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Two particular instances come to mind to support this argument.

The first was when she issued a press release stating she would hold up the vote on the confirmation of budget director, Jacob Lew, until the administration modified the moratorium that was set after the BP Oil Spill.

The second time Mary refused to endorse a public health care option until the administration agreed to provide Louisiana with $300,000,000 as a trade for her vote.

Some might say this is great because Mary held out for what was in Louisiana’s best interest.  I suppose that depends on how you feel about the outcome.

Are we better off with the current handling of oil production and sales in Louisiana?

Is the Affordable Care Act working for or against the average citizen at this time?

Perhaps the better question is — how do you feel now that you have the knowledge that a Senator representing you in Washington is an avid blackmailer?

Senator Landrieu also claims Washington as her official ‘home’ — even though she calls herself the senior Senator from Louisiana.

Evidence of this fact was taken on recently by one of her opponents in the upcoming Senate race when he brought out the fact that Landrieu did not even own a home in Louisiana.

Mary claims her parents home as the location she resides in while visiting her home state.

It is VERY important to note that I am about to put together the pieces of this puzzle:

  1. Judge Wilson Fields, a fellow Democrat, ruled that Senator Mary Landrieu’s residence is not relevant until election day according to the law, delaying this legal challenge until, and if, Mary is re-elected.
  2. Judge Wilson Fields is the brother of Cleo Fields, Democrat.
  3. Cleo Fields is an endorser of May Landrieu, Democrat.

Is this all a coincidence?  Perhaps, I will allow the reader to decide.

Mary Landrieu also has a propensity to spend taxpayer money for personal use.

This situation was uncovered, only after being challenged by an opponent, that Landrieu was spending taxpayer dollars on personal fundraising events by charging the government for her flight costs.

Once this was made public, Landrieu’s political operatives decided to go on the offensive by performing an internal audit of their flight costs and calendar.

Landrieu was aware that you do not mix ‘personal’ or political events with official Senate business.  All elected officials are aware of this rule of law; especially a seasoned ‘senior official’ from the good state of Louisiana.

At least 136 political functions were scheduled during 43 official Senate business flights since 2002.

Landrieu blamed the problem on faulty bookkeeping, and has now decided to use accounting software that other congressional elected officials use to avoid this problem.  Are you kidding me?

Mary has now cut a check to the good people of the U.S. — taxpayers who elected her — in the amount of $33,727.02 to the U.S. Treasury.

 Senator Landrieu’s endorsement may uncover questions.

Boysie Bollinger, one of the most powerful individuals in the State of Louisiana, has endorsed Mary Landrieu for re-election.  Mr. Bollinger is a multi-millionaire and the proprietor of Bollinger Shipyards.

Bollinger Shipyards received a $255 million contract to build Fast Response Cutters for the Coast Guard.  Landrieu is the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee that approved that expenditure, and took credit by announcing the awarding of this contract.

Enough said.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

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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

The 3 Top Dogs of EBRP Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

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In Catholicism we believe in the Holy Trinity:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  In politics, there are also ‘three top dogs’ that control virtually all the power in any given parish:  the Sheriff, the Mayor-President and the District Attorney.

  • Top Dog #1 – Sheriff (Democrat):  On December 4, 2007, the newly elected Sheriff, Sid J. Gautreaux, III, was elected and will remain in power until 2012.  He fills the unexpired term of former Sheriff Elmer Litchfield, along with a new four year term. 

This fall East Baton Rouge Parish voters will go to the polls to elect the other two top dogs for our parish:  the Mayor-President and the District Attorney.

  • Top Dog #2 – Mayor-President:  Incumbent Mayor-President Kip Holden, democrat, recently announced he will run for a second term, and gave 100 ‘reasons’ why he should be re-elected including serving as King of the Spanish town Parade and Lollapalooza!  Holden agreed to pay the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce a $500,000 fee for economic development efforts on behalf of EBR parish.  Within a few weeks, Holden garnered the Chamber’s PAC endorsement, even though no other candidates have officially announced –speculation on this issue is obvious.   Another mayoral candidate rumored is democrat Cleo Fields, known as an arch rival of Holden.  Republicans have dropped names Wayne “Spider” Carter, Mike Futrell, and other well-respected republicans as possible mayoral candidates.  Holden nixed Futrell’s potential as a candidate by hiring him as an assistant chief administrator.   No other candidates have officially announced at this time.
  • Top Dog #3 – District Attorney:  Democrat, Hillar Moore, is already the front-runner for DA as a well-respected attorney, and is Holden’s choice for DA.  Former district attorney, Doug Moreau, still has people speculating whether he will run again – which is doubtful.  Former assistant district attorney, John Sinquefeld, was hired by newly elected attorney general, Buddy Caldwell, which most likely nixed his previously announced intention to run for DA.  Attorney Dan Claitor, a republican, has also announced his plans to run for district attorney.  No other candidates have officially announced to date.

The voters of EBR Parish should take note of these key positions due to the overwhelming control and power they hold individually and as a group in the parish.  Also, follow the money, as contributors are known to have major say-so once their candidates are elected. 

If three democrats win these seats, then the citizens can expect a ‘full throttle democrat display of leadership’ in the Red Stick for the next 4 years. 

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

P.S.  The new CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Adam Knapp, is also a registered democrat.