And the answer Alex is the West Bank Beacon, which appears to have been set up by straw men so that Roberts could come take control after the fact (and secretary of state filings which list the ownership). The problem for “Sissy” Roberts is that he could not delay filing his 2009 ethics report statement any longer and the good folks at The Jefferson Report were dogged in its pursuit. It is a good thing too because now people can sit on the terlit at 5 in the morning and read all about Chris Roberts’ finances and the stench which emanates from same.
It was our commenter Patricia that first put the West Bank Beacon on our radar screens a few months back and we soon dismissed it as a fluffer publication staffed by political hacks that dedicated itself to reporting only good news as Gambit explains:
There’s a new publication for West Bank readers who tire of “negative” news — the West Bank Beacon. Troy Aaron Broussard, son of parish president Aaron Broussard, is the publisher of the Gretna-based monthly community newspaper, which debuted in June.
Despite our subject matter covering politics is not our goal here at Slabbed but it does pay to have a good understanding of the underlying lay of the land and network of candidate support to help properly put events in a better context. With the qualifying period for the upcoming special elections in Jefferson Parish now over I’ll disclose I got lots of emails beginning with advance heads up on the 2 qualifiers besides Roberts in Tim Baudier and Jimmy Lawson of Slabbed Dumpster Diving Infamy. Since we have a variety of sources I ran both Baudier and Lawson up the flagpole along with the fact that soon to be indicted Aaron Broussard is working hard in the Robert’s campaign ground game which a few of our sources thought very strange given the circumstances.
I think we now know why Brou$$ard hopped in bed with Robert$. What we still don’t know is who is funding the losses over at the Beacon, which has a staff and direct mails 20,000 copies a month to registered voters. Disseminating political propaganda isn’t cheap folks.
Speaking of cheap, this brings us to Jimmy Lawson, the man who hopped in and out of the race during the qualifying period. Entering the race was a head scratcher to begin with because Lawson’s reputation is literally that of a corrupt sack of shit politician/political hack that has a hard time making an honest living. One of our sources nailed Lawson’s entry into the race well before he dropped out and I quote:
Personlly he’s in it for what he can get out of it. Jimmy is all about Jimmy (so) don’t look for him to go to the post. Maybe an aids job to get back on the payroll. Maybe just cash under the table. (remember he’s old school) He is getting something from someone or will get something to get out I will promise you that.
Based up what we knew about Lawson from the good ol’ dumpster diving days, this of course rang true and to the extent Lawson was one of Aaron Broussard’s taxpayer-funded do nothings on the Parish payroll and given Broussard’s business and political relationships with Roberts I think we can all very reasonably guess the “who” ol’ Jimmy cut a deal with to get out of the race.
This gets better though because sources close to the Baudier campaign tell us that not only did Jimmy drop out himself, he also personally lobbied Mr Baudier yesterday to withdraw from the council at large race so that Chris Roberts would have no opposition. That made sense because I’m told Roberts has some very high polling negatives with the public, which a credible candidate would certainly exploit.
As the election season unfolds, I’m certain more turds like Lawson, Broussard and the West Bank Beacon will float to the surface and there will be few dull moments. Stay tuned.