A crook is a crook is a crook regardless of party affiliation folks and we live that mantra here at Slabbed. The congressman of the slabbed, New Orleans native Gene Taylor, well understands this too which is why he was one of the few early innovators in the House of Representatives over that corrupt sack of shit that is New York Congressman Charlie Rangel. I suspect the occasional hit pieces from the far left of Gene’s own party that occasionally land in the media are no doubt related to his stance on Rangel needing to resign but history and his constituents will judge Gene kindly on this matter IMO. Given what’s out there in the political world its nice to have a guy in DC looking out for us here on the coast that is honest.
New Orleanians on the other hand have long had a penchant for sending the most dishonest people they could to DC and the results show. The local Dems are doing it again backing a corrupt political hack in Cedric Richmond against Joe Cao for Bill Jefferson’s old house seat. Frankly it is mind boggling, especially given the fantastic investigative journalism going on over at Damabala’s place, the American Zombie where he has chronicled Richmond looting a charity with Ike Spears in a way they certainly learned from the Jeffersons. Dambala’s work has thus far been ignored by the NOLA area media who evidently thought they had that luxury in 2010. I think it was a collective miscalculation.
The commentary to Dambala’s posts on the topic have been interesting as there are some evidently otherwise intelligent folks who appear to subscribe to the theory that a crook from my political party is better than an honest man from the other. I’ll pull the lever for the honest man every time and plan to support a gentleman for Gov here in Mississippi that is both honest and Republican. It is the same reason I don’t think twice voting for Gene.
Today, James Gill at the Times Picayune broke the media silence on Richmond though he did not address the damning stuff Dambala broke. That said he does point out who has supported Richmond. Here is a snippet:
It is impossible to imagine, for example, that he would ever get in a barroom brawl over a pool table. The news that Richmond had done so in Baton Rouge broke during the primary campaign, without any obvious effect on the outcome, and no doubt state legislators have suffered worse after-hours indignities than that. Still, it is possible we will hear more about that episode in the general election campaign.
It does sometimes happen that upstanding characters find themselves duking it out in a saloon, but upstanding characters, attorneys or not, never put their names to false declarations. That Richmond has done so did not faze any of the Democratic Party’s leading lights. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and DA Leon Cannizzarro are among a slew of officials vouching for him.
I’ve never hid the fact I think the Landrieu kids are career politicians with a penchant for “hitting a lick” whenever they can though to this point Mitch is a vast improvement over Chocolate Guy. These folks are supporting Richmond because they can control him. Does anyone really think it wise to have a puppet for US Representative, especially one with little to no moral character?
Joe Cao is looking better everyday and that isn’t Dambala’s fault. The blame for that lies with Richmond and his political enablers.