Skip to comments.Reservoir King Named as John Bel Edwards' Chief of Staff
Posted on 11/22/2015 2:42:46 PM PST by abb
11/22/2015-- 4:12 PM CDT Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has named Ben Nevers as his chief of staff. He announced this at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
Edwards said that Nevers "has my complete confidence. I could not be happier with the decision that I have made and couldn't be more pleased that Senator Nevers agreed to do this."
Ben Nevers has taken positions and supported legislation that has come under fire over the years.
Years ago, we wrote about the ongoing controversy regarding man-made reservoirs in Louisiana. One of our concerns was with the Oak Grove community in Washington Parish, where homeowners were facing a government land grab to build the planned reservoir.
Senator Ben Nevers was among the architects of the "reservoir legislation" which enabled the government to take private property.
According to reports, there was a hearing back in 2005 where Nevers explained his position.
Senator Nevers testified that no one loved Washington Parish as much as he did, and how it hurt him to have to do things for the betterment of the parish that would displace his friends.
He went on to say that the reservoir was for much- needed potable water. He offered no evidence of the need for potable water; he just said that there was a need.
Though permits to build the reservoir have been denied, the Washington Parish Reservoir commission has not given up. This video shows a meeting of the commission in July, where the residents of the community confront the commission about the attempted land grab by the government to make way for the reservoir.
Nevers is a term- limited Senator who is leaving the Senate seat in district 12. Republican Beth Mizell is his successor, and she opposes the reservoir project. At a recent debate, Mizell said that "I am known in this parish as being anti- reservoir. I imagine the property that me and my husband worked so hard to build, and the farm that we hold dear, and I imagine that under water. The idea that a giant body of water right across the middle of the parish is a nightmare."
People in LA wanted to pay penance for twice rejecting BHO, and they shall!
Absolutlely no relation to the movie Reservoir Dogs, at least not so far.
Nevers is listed among the state and local officials who have endorsed the reelection in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu
Never heard of him.
Apparently the participants in the Katrina diaspora have returned to NOLA and voted Democrat with a vengeance! Democrat pols will now dig their hooks in deeper and deeper.
Vitter didn’t show himself to be a Conservative; squishy, establishment type. Just didn’t work in the anti-mood this year.
The stench of corruption didn’t take 24 hours to manifest itself where Edwards is concerned. More Conservative than Vitter ? Bullcrap.
You don’t know what you’re talking about. Vitter has lifetime ACU rating of 93.
I’m flabbergasted at the lies and misrepresentations I’ve seen posted here by FReepers about Sen. Vitter and his record and the false claims about Edwards as a Conservative (let alone ethical). It’s either rank ignorance or paid trolling.
Yes. Quite a few FReepers who don’t want to be confused by the facts. Or maybe they don’t want to upset their status of being perpetually resentful.
Vitter did not only lose New Orleans, he lost rock solid conservative parishes throughout the state. Vitter still would have lost if every voter in New Orleans had voted for him.
Vitter was rated ‘A+’ by GOA. A Senator can do no better than that. Afraid maybe his “baggage” followed him into the voting booth?
It surprised me, not just that he lost, but got beat by a wide margin.
He should have won. He won reelection to the senate by a wide margin after the rumors of his relationship with prostitutes.
The Marxist nightmare begins in earnest.
With all the Vitter bashing and Edwards cheerleading around here, I thought we had turned into D.U. (or RINOS R Us).
Do Republicans have Majorities in the LA Legislature?
Anyone know why Jindal didn’t Endorse Vitter? Very disappointing that he would do that.
GOP majority in the House, but the delegation is crawling with RINOs.
Jindal hates Vitter with a passion. Vitter is a true conservative, while Jindal always has been a RINO. Jindal promoted Angelle’s candidacy, partly to drain support away from Vitter
See here some conservative analysis.
Reminded me of when we had people cheerlead STEPHEN COLBERT’S SISTER when she was running against Mark Sanford for Congress. I can’t abide it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.