The Times Picayune broke the story here and Rich Rainey made it official here as one of the titans of Jefferson Parish Politics suddenly and without warning called it quits. The T-P OpEd on the subject had a blurb that that summed up the Jefferson Parish aristocracy:
Mr. Chehardy, who slipped into office as a 22-year-old law student when the incumbent — his father — withdrew just after qualifying closed, became Jefferson Parish’s longest-serving assessor.
Meantime, despite being the lead name on his law firm, the man reportedly barely set foot in the place which became known to the Slabbed Nation as the law firm where Aaron Broussard’s political hack daughter in law Norma roosted in between jobs on the public payroll.
Since Nowdy’s story on ol’ Marty Feldman’s conflicts of interest went national I’ve been getting between 150-200 emails a day and more than a few of those have asked for some analysis on Chehardy leaving. A reader with connections straight into the hive emailed me this:
Nobody knew this was coming. Mr X told me he spoke to John Momulides today. Momulides did not even know this was coming and he is tight as can be with Lil Lawrence. Monulides also stressed to X that nobody (meaning the political jerkoffs) saw this coming. What’s funny is there is already word that a deal is in the works for John Young to become parish president and for Tommy Capella to run for assessor, each with the other’s blessing, even though they hate one another.
Whitmergate tied a few things together for us in a comment he left last night on our previous coverage of the firing of Latter & Blum’s Arthur Sterbcow, who made the mistake of opining on the validity of certain tax assessments in Jefferson Parish and paid for it with his job running the company and it is there we stop next:
Personally, I recall talking to a colleague on that Monday Sterbcow was pounced. He is a personal friend of Sterbcow, so I naturally wanted to know what was Sterbcow going to do about this. Was he going to sue, what ? Apparently Mr. Sterbcow is very wealthy and had decided that a lawsuit would just be an aggravation to him and has not to date filed suit to my knowledge. But now I wonder, did he decide to get back another way, like filing a complaint with the FBI and/or the US Attorney’s Office ? Certainly Mr. Sterbcow has legitimate cause considering the comments by Merrick that Chehogy was upset with the criticisms so Mr. Sterbcow had to be fired; just like that ! I later learn that Merrick is involved with Chehogy and friends in business deals all over JP. A Fed investigation seperate and apart from Broussard et al ?
I’ll add Mr. Sterbcow’s ties to the law enforcement community through the Metropolitan Crime Commission are well documented.
The commentary on Slabbed is as interesting to the difference makers as the post themselves so let’s hear what the Slabbed Nation is hearing. Is Chehardy getting out before the rumored indictments of his buddies hit or is he now a grand jury target?