Bunhare gets the hat tip in comments concerning a Brendon McCarthy story on a gun going off at Galatoire’s during lunch on Friday. The comments to the story identified the shooter as Louisiana State Senator Julie Quinn, current squeeze of Jefferson Parish President to be John Young. I checked in on the story a time or two myself and noted a couple of the early comments were deleted. The story attracted over 130 total comments as of 6ish AM this morning.
I mention this because Whitmergate sends this via email:
I just went to the NOLA story and 23 posts have been removed all having to do with Young/Quinn…only one remains
I took a peek and sure enough the axe indeed fell on McCarthy’s story, which did not identify the owner of the gun which was reported to have accidently discharged.
I’ve had journalists tell me privately they do not read the comments to their stories and I think I remember Jarvis DeBerry writing same in an OpEd he wrote not that long ago. Coming from the finance boards at places like Yahoo, I’m a firm believer in the Predictive Value of Stock Message Board Sentiments so I read the comments, even the ones from the many idiots who post newspaper story comments. There are lots of idiots on the stock boards too so I can speed filter to the discriminating bloggers. Ironically after Bunhare first posted with us I noted this person as a quality Times Picayune poster applying these concepts so I guess it is only natural Bunhare would give us the tip on Quinn. Great minds obviously think alike. 😉
So what do we know at this point:
- The Times Picayune runs a story on a gun going off at a venerable NOLA eating establishment but does not identify the gun’s owner.
- Comments which identify the owner as Julie Quinn are deleted with one exception.
George leaves a timely comment which provides a possible explanation:
Lee Zirik (sic), says the woman whose gun discharged was not Julie Quinn but that Julie was there, as per a friend who says she talked to Lee a short time ago. Who is Helena Marino? Another friend reports that the TP says it is trying to get a police report but it takes several days but will report as soon as the woman’s identity is known
Not so timely for Ms. Quinn however as researching this post provides another possible clue on “Why Joan Benge” as in why did now former 24th Judicial District Judge Benge take a wrinkled robe fall when it is obvious from the Porteous impeachment testimony there were others far more crooked that survived the axe? It comes from Quinn’s Wiki entry:
Quinn also alleged in a 17-page motion that her divorce judge, Joan Benge, was trying to thwart her campaign. “Judge Benge is no stranger to political campaigns, and this strategic docketing was a serious impediment to Ms. Quinn’s campaign,” Quinn wrote.
The listed source is an old T-P story entitled Sen. Julie Quinn: Judge Joan Benge thwarted campaign for Jefferson Parish Council by Paul Purpura, the beat reporter for the 24th Judicial District Courts. The story itself is indeed an interesting read and gives some great insights on internals behind Benge’s removal. I noted Quinn serves on the insurance committee and chairs Judiciary A.
So while we await the police report let the speculation begin.