Skip to comments.John Bel Edwards Names A Bunch Of Old School Hacks To His Transition Team
Posted on 11/23/2015 9:03:13 AM PST by abb
It didnât take long for Governor-elect John Bel Edwards to show his true colors. In fact, it only took about 12 hours after he was elected governor.
The fresh air he was claimed to bring to Louisiana is now a whiff of the stench of Louisianaâs corrupt past. Here are the members of the transition team, according to the Times-Picayune.
The transition team, which will operate from the Kirby Smith Hall on the campus of LSU, will include Laura Leach of Lake Charles; Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe; Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newel Normand; state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, of Baton Rouge; Taylor Townsend of Natchitoches and Richard Lipsey of Baton Rouge. A website with information about the transition is forthcoming.
Edwards made those announcements and took questions from reporters during a news conference at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. He declined to name any members of his cabinet, including his commissioner of administration.
Laura Leach is the husband of former Louisiana Democrat Party chairman Buddy Leach. Leachâs tenure is marked by Republicans gaining both houses of the legislature and struggling to field candidates for statewide office. He was so inept that Democrats decided that Karen Carter Peterson was a better pick.
Jamie Mayo has been Mayor of Monroe since the turn of the century. Heâs also a perennial candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat in his spare time.
Newell Normand started his career as former Sheriff Harry Leeâs driver. Normand represents the Jefferson Parish courthouse mob. That parishâs politics is a sewer of corruption and incompetence.
Sharon Broome scored a 30% from LABI this past session. Sheâs likely the next mayor of Baton Rouge. The good news is that sheâs sober more often than Kip Holden.
Taylor Townsend is a trial lawyer and former state representative. He was beaten in 2007 when he ran for State Senate by Gerald Long.
Richard Lipsey is a Baton Rouge businessman who donated $5,000 to John Bel earlier this month. He buys and sells politicians in order have access.
Edwards also named as his chief of staff State Sen. Ben Nevers. Nevers is another old school hack. He filed legislation to weaken accountability standards on behalf of the teachers unions, is responsible for a series of shady reservoirs in Washington Parish, held contracts from the Washington Parish and St. Tammany School Boards while head of the Senate Education Committee, and filed a bill this past session to impose an oil processing fee this past session. Nevers is an old school hack.
Meanwhile guess who is coming to lunch.
Gov-elect John Bel Edwards will address our convention tomorrow at luncheon! @JohnBelforLA #2015LFT 6:46 PM - 22 Nov 2015 Â· Lake Charles, LA, United States
The bad old days are back in full force.
Honeymoon Already Over For Edwards
November 23, 2015 By Jeremy Alford
In 1991 a gubernatorial candidate named Edwards overcame a divisive politician named David, then a state representative in Jefferson Parishâs House District 81. The contest became known as âThe Race From Hell.â Last week, 24 years later, voters selected another Edwards, also a Democrat, to serve as governor. They did so by rejecting the ultra-conservative campaign of another completely different David who got his own political start in House District 81.
From Edwin Edwards to John Bel Edwards, and from David Duke to David Vitter (the latter actually helped push the former further out of the Republican mainstream), the 2015 gubernatorial election was a reminder that the past is never dead; itâs not even past. William Faulkner penned that profound declaration, and like Hemingway, Capote and other literary giants, one of his favorite haunts was the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter â the same place Gov.-elect Edwards held his election night party, and where former Gov. Edwards always held his.
Saturday evening after giving his victory speech, Gov.-elect Edwards held forth from a suite above the Monteleone ballroom trying to finish a modest dinner â a bite or two, then well-wishers, another bite, then hugs and handshakes. It took him almost an hour to finish his victory meal. âThis is the first cheeseburger Iâve had in a long time,â he remarked to one of his brothers while taking sips from a beer. His mother sat in the middle of it all, beaming, amongst her other children. There was a sense of purpose and accomplishment in the air, and all of those on the inside seemed eager to breathe it in as much as possible and as quickly as possible.
Unlike former Gov. Edwards and others of recent history to precede Gov.-elect Edwards, he will not get to enjoy a prolonged honeymoon period, that stretch of time where passes are handed out by the press, special interests, the political class and voters. John Bel Edwards had no other choice by Sunday morning than to begin governing immediately, something he had actually already started two days before the runoff vote when he asked lawmakers to reject Gov. Bobby Jindalâs deficit reduction plan.
Rough waters are ahead for the man who made history this past weekend. As Gov.-elect Edwards and his supporters were basking in the rays of an impossible mission made possible, Republicans were already quietly discussing 2019 and the next race for governor. There are already at least a dozen conservative House members who will be dedicated to softening the governor-elect up over the next four years, especially on issues that appear slightly blue to their red motives. âEdwards espoused many of our conservative positions in order to get elected, and itâs our hope that he continues to abide by them as he governs,â Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, said on election night.
Gov.-elect Edwards finds himself walking a fine line and decisions he will make in the coming weeks will determine if that line starts to give a bit in terms of wiggle room, starting with his pick for House speaker. Itâs a Republican body that the Democrat will have to successfully sway to move his revenue and budget ideas in the spring. Just as he created a unique campaign model, his team will have to find creative ways to govern as well. His choice of term-limited state Sen. Ben Nevers as chief of staff sends such a signal; itâs not usually a position former lawmakers are tapped for and shows the governor-elect knows how important the Legislature will be to his still-to-be-shaped legacy.
Work has also already begun on the policy agendas for Gov.-elect Edwardsâ special and regular sessions, which represent the true minefield. He survived the campaign without having to get too deep into specifics, but the next administration will surely have to tackle a number of issues that have influential stakeholders attached. The business community, which opposed his candidacy, is already nervous about what he might bring forth. And while theyâre eager and willing to move into this brave new world with open minds, theyâre also cagey and primed for conflict, should it come to that.
From within his own party, Democratic supporters were anxious to see him expand the Medicaid program in Louisiana on day one in office, which was a major campaign promise. But his announcement the first day after the election that the expansion would be delayed due to potential legal problems connected to legislation passed this year resulted in heads being scratched. The governor-elect, though, remains committed to the expansion.
Another immediate battlefront will be eduction, with Gov.-elect Edwards already saying he wants to see a replacement for Education Superintendent John White, who is hired and fired by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. There appears to be a major split between the next administration and the next BESE board, one that promises fireworks over the same high-profile issues that have defined education politics over the past four years.
The Edwards honeymoon may be fading quickly, but the manâs place in election history is set. He is the first statewide Democrat elected in seven years, the third governor elected since 1972 to share the same party as the sitting president and the fourth to win a runoff despite the opposing partyâs candidates claiming more votes in the primary. But how he will write the rest of his gubernatorial history is what matters most â and it will be the political challenge of his life. After this stunner of an election cycle, those are the kind of odds John Bel Edwards knows all too well.
He and his hacks will undo everything Jindal has enacted.
School performance scores, which the teacher’s union detested, will be scrapped.
With many others to follow.
Elections have consequences and so does supporting empty, moral void losers like Vitter. True conservatism, which includes moral fortitude to do what is right professionally and personally, can win.
I’ve never seen anyone run for office who completely fits that bill, and I’ve been voting since 1971. All have some sort of failing. Are you planning to run?
Memo to Louisiana residents:
GET OUT NOW!!!!!
Reply to memo:
I’ve lived here for 65 years, and my family goes back eight (8) generations in the state.
I choose to stand and fight, instead of acting a coward.
This is a perfect example of how Democrats will vote for their candidate, warts and all. Republicans have principles to a fault and end up letting the other side win. The primary is the time to root out the devils. Short of doing that it is playing with fire to stay home and pout instead of holding your nose an voting. Just my opinion.
And, believe me, I have been on the other side of that in the past and have regretted it after I saw the damage done by my decision.
“Memo to Louisiana residents:
GET OUT NOW!!!!!”
Sadly, this is the Louisiana default setting. The only upside to this is that Louisiana often manages to work its way into have an opposition party governor to whoever is POTUS at the time. So, -maybe- a sign that the Democrats will fail in 2017.
It would be nice to do, but Louisiana has no closed party primary. The open primary system was instituted in 1977, and with the present makeup of the legislature, there is little chance of changing it.
Vitter was a great candidate that got caught up in Democratic Media Rumor and Innuendo. In the end, it is the mud that was slung that destroyed David Vitter, who only six months ago was the most popular political figure in the state.
That is too bad. The public will react to a sex based charge on a Republican and play it till it hurts. This is normal behavior for a Democrat so it gets no play.
This coming from someone living in Maryland? You are way overdue for following your own advice. BTW, I left there decades ago by moving to Virginia. Then I saw the writing on the wall and left there as well. We are still pretty conservative here for the moment. Liberals of course breed more often than conservatives because we are forced to assist paying for their offspring in addition to ours, so it’s probably only a matter of time.
The Teachers Unions are on the rampage, all across the country. Scott Walker has put the fear of God in them and they’re emptying their full magazines. Watch out for them!
We’ll see how well he does come next hurricane...........
Governor MeeMaw (Kathleen Blanco) managed to get over a thousand people killed. I ain’t looking forward to this goofball mixing with a hurricane.
No. I am not perfect either albeit I have never cheated on my wife nor stolen public money which is the main ailments of an elected official.
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