The ‘Little Man’ Uncle Carlos (as in Marcello) must be all a glee in his grave to think that the political elite of Jefferson Parish have chosen as their persona, wannabe wise guys, just like his ‘family’ of the past.
And what about this thing, this MAFIOSO thing, that attracts our Parish politicians: from Judge to Parish President, from Council member to Clerk of Court, from a Chief of Police to School Board member, from Mayor to State legislator? Jefferson Parish’s Political establishment’s shocking and disturbing characterization of themselves, both in public projection and by emulating the “Thug Mentality” associated with a mafia family does in fact identify these individuals with what the adopted analogy implies, ORGANIZED CRIME!
Simply stated another way, we have a entrenched, incestuous, arrogant, self-entitlement, retirement junkie Politico Class that do what they ‘wanna do…whatz youz going to do about it?’
Here are some examples of such abominable public exhibition:
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Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Aaron Broussard and his men-only travel club returned last weekend from their annual masquerade ski trip to Lake Tahoe, Nev. The trip, which started 17 years ago as a small fund-raiser for Broussard, has grown to more than 80 people.
Called the “Out of Control Patrol” ski club, the gang spent its days skiing and its nights partying, with an opening-night skit, black-tie ball and an occasional trip to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Casino.
This year the group chose “Godfather 2000″ as its theme, with state Rep. Glenn Ansardi, D-Kenner, serving up a stellar performance during the opening-night skit in the role that Marlon Brando created for the mafia movies, according to those who attended. Other notables in the crowd included Kenner Mayor Louis Congemi, Rep. Danny Martini, R-Kenner, Rep. Joseph Toomey, R-Gretna, Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner and Jefferson Parish government attorney Tom Wilkinson.”
And then we have these ‘good fellas’ from where else but the West bank of Jefferson Parish, the Mafia’s historical home ground and backyard. Wise guys meet weekly to watch the “Sopranos”, dressed up in costume befitting their favorite character in the TV series:
“The group is made of mostly West Bank politicians. Roberts said that besides himself, those attending the dinner were Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson, School Board member Mark Morgan, state Sens. David Heitmeier and John Alario, state Rep. Ricky Templet, Constable Jonathan Liberto, former Sen. Chris Ullo and Judge Steve Windhorst. Other members, including Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer, couldn’t make it, Roberts said.
Unfortunately for us, the taxpayers, art has merged with reality and we are just as much a Soprano victim as any that was scripted and acted out on TV…and more so…we have to pay for this abuse and profanity!!!
Yes, for some obscene and perverse reason, politicians love their mafia references the world over. However, my research reveals that there is no other place like Jefferson Parish, that I am aware of, where the political identity of elected officials is co-opted, if not in fact fused, with their coveted image of the ‘Costa Nostra’ to such an obscene and perverse degree and with such unabashed public display.
And just to let you know who’s in control of things and put it right up in our face, we learn that a Ward (Butch) and a Porteous (Tom’s son Tim) each swore in a newly appointed Council member. What a burden it must have been for Butch to drive in from Mississippi for such a task, unlike that of his being subpoenaed as a witness for his political protégé, Jonathan Bolar’s trial in New Orleans and not being called to the stand. Then to learn that the taxpayers in Jefferson Parish have the privilege of paying for yet another Porteous to be at the public trough by taking Tim off of John Georges and Jack Capella’s payroll hands. These people are truly disgusting and shameless, and that includes the former Capella Asst and newly appointed soldier, Mike Thomas!
Think about this image alternative…given the fact that these ‘nuovo’ Mafioso of Jefferson Parish, have for generations, suffered no consequences for their illegal, unethical and immoral actions, one would have thought that they would have adopted Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine as their persona hero…”What, me worry?” But then again we are talking about anti-Semitic reprobates.
Then there’s the garbage…and it seems to be always, about the garbage.. and whose going to get that big fat garbage contract and why…and River Birch!!! When the mafia is involved the results are the same everywhere, even in the ‘home’ country.
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