It seems as though MDOT Executive Director Butch Brown has a gambling problem to go along with his drinking problem folks. Michael Newsom and Geoff Pender have the story for the Sun Herald.
Brown, 67, was arrested early Friday morning at Beau Rivage casino. According to Biloxi Municipal Court, a Beau Rivage representative asked the court Monday to drop the disorderly conduct charge. A court date of Sept. 13 has been set for the drunkenness charge.
Biloxi police records say Brown was “intoxicated and unconscious” at a slot machine at 5:43 a.m. on Friday. Casino security woke Brown and “he became extremely belligerent and caused a big disturbance within the casino in view of numerous other people,” police records say, and that he “repeatedly refused to cooperate with officers on the scene.”
Mississippi is the only state that elects its transportation commissioners and I could spend several posts detailing the systemic corruption and lack of oversight at MDOT but the Sun Herald has already done a great job of doing that. Suffice it to say former Natchez mayor Butch Brown is just the type of stuffed shirt drunk for the job of running MDOT day to day. The shame is I could never connect his son’s bond work to TheRiot and Coastal Securities but it isn’t because of a lack of effort here at Slabbed. 😉
Next up is the Sun Herald’s Robin Fitzgerald and Michael Newsom taking a stab at covering Mississippi Public Safety Commish/Attorney General hopeful Stephen Simpson bailing out his buddy John Ruble early from the pokey after Ruble used his wife’s face as a punching bag. No doubt Jerry Mitchell’s story on this topic spurred the Sun Herald reporting, which is a bit more charitable towards both Sheriff Brisolara and Commish Simpson than Mitchell’s story. The public here on the coast still isn’t buying in though because when all the BS is stripped away Simpson used his position to spring a friend from the pokey. Team Sun Herald did get an on the record comment from Mrs Ruble which is worth excerpting here on Slabbed as she took the time to bash Jim Hood:
Ruble could not be reached and his attorney declined to comment. Ruble is represented by former state Rep. Jim Simpson, Stephen Simpson’s brother.
Ruble’s wife told the Sun Herald the incident is “humiliating and embarrassing. The real story is not about me and my husband. It’s about Steve and Jim Hood.”
Simpson said Hood’s handling of the complaints “is shameful.”
Actually, as one of the commenters to the Sun Herald story noted, the real story is that red wine was served with shrimp at the dinner party the Rubles attended with Simpson and his wife. Since the Missus has jumped in on the political side of this I’m certain she won’t mind Mr Hood using this last in a long string of PR gaffes from Simpson in the coming political campaign.
The amazing thing is how the overwhelming majority of South Mississippians manage to stay out of the Harrison County jail but most of us have sense not to slap around our spouses or fall asleep dead drunk at a slot machine. If one behaves civilly using common sense there is no need for highly placed friends to clean up mess after.
Finally we covered the Camp Coastal Outpost scam and now another Katrina related charity bites the dust in the Waveland Citizens Fund. Run by Kathleen Johnson the WCF has done a lot of good work for the less fortunate here after Katrina. Ms Johnson has also engaged in a high-profile, nasty pissing contest with Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo. I was never able to reconcile the various events in my mind thus we never reached out to Ms Johnson, who is internet savvy. The Secretary of State’s office has spoken though and the verdict is cease and desist. The Sun Herald has the story:
The Secretary of State’s Office has cited a Waveland charity for a list of violations of the state’s charitable solicitations laws.
The state also said the charity allowed Kathleen Johnson, who has been convicted of felony financial crimes, to have virtual control over the charity’s financial and day-to-day operations.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the state this past week issued a cease-and-desist notice against the Waveland Citizens Fund, which no longer operates in Waveland, but rather, in Pearl River County.
The nonprofit status for WCF expired on July 11, but it is entitled to an administrative hearing, Hosemann said.
I wonder what will become of the old Steep Hollow Baptist Church should this decision stick. Up against Camp Coastal Outpost what I see is a lot less money in play at WCF who appear to have accomplished a good bit more than Camp Coastal with a good bit less in the way of monetary resources. The need is still there almost 5 years after Katrina. Hopefully there are organizations standing ready to help fill the void.