Folks we have dirt on Miss Villio we have not rolled out but her reported problem using her parish office as a campaign platform is the least of the sleaze we have on her. Our sources tell us the judge makers at Gautheir Houghtaling dusted off Debbie for a run at former Judge Benge’s office. The mock courtroom at the firm makes a nice setting to film commercials and we’re hearing that is exactly what Ms Villio was doing there this past weekend. Consider this a sneak preview of our coming post on so called super lawyer John Houghtaling and the firm he now runs. I’ll add our sources are very close to the hive and are second to none.
Val Bracy has the breaking story on the personnel board investigations for Fox 8:
The Jefferson Parish Personnel Board is investigating two former employees.
One of them is Aaron Broussard’s ex-wife.
Karen Parker-Broussard was being paid more than what civil service rules allowed for the job she was performing.
She was fired from the parish last month.
The other former employee under investigation is Debbie Villio. Villio used to be the Director of Inspection and Code Enforcement.She resigned on February 3rd to run for the judgeship left vacant by Joan Benge.
The personnel board is now looking into whether Villio violated a parish law that prohibits employees from being politically active.
A document from the state Ethics Administration show Villio made a donation to the campaign of Councilman Elton Lagasse last year.
Villio says her brother was asked to donate invitations from his family owned printing company.
“Yes ma’am I did fund those invitations for my brother, so he didn’t pick up the cost,” Villio said Monday after appearing in a candidate forum.
Although Villio appears to have violated the parish code of ordinances, she says she doesn’t believe she broke the law.
“I don’t see it that way…but if you see it that way we’ll let the voters decide.”
Villio says she believes she checked with Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson before making the donation……..
Villio may also be in violation of the parish code related to a 2009 fundraiser she says politicians hosted on her behalf.
“It was all the elected officials including Chairman (John) Young and DA Paul Connick, Sheriff Newell Normand. All of the council members, assessor Lawrence Chehardy and all the chief’s of police in the parish. And they put on that fundraiser and they solicited the funds.”
Although Villio says she did not participate in the fundraiser, a document from the Ethics Administration shows she accepted two donations for the breakfast.
I’ll make a prediction that Villio drops out of this race before the election.