Following is the text of the speech given by the Citizens for Good Government’s Margie Seemann at the August 31, 2011 Parish Council meeting:
My name is Margie Seemann and I am Vice-Chairman of Citizens for Good Government.
The Jefferson Parish government corruption scandals, which have been under investigation for some time, have not been in the news much lately. However, on August 25th, former Asst. Parish Attorney and whistleblower Anne Marie Vandenweghe filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Parish of Jefferson and former interim Parish President Steve Theriot, which very much refreshed our memory of the scandals.
There was an article about this lawsuit in today’s Times-Picayune by Rich Rainey. Although Mr. Rainey’s article didn’t name names from the lawsuit, Ms. Vandenweghe’s lawsuit does name the names of many current and former Jefferson Parish employees. Since the entire 21-page lawsuit is available online through the SLABBED website, we were able to read the entire lawsuit, which was fascinating reading indeed. Although I intend to talk about the lawsuit, I am not, however, going to name any names today.
And this brings us to Channel 4 editorialists and Gambit man Clancy Dubos, who I think has revealed himself as a Fred Heebe waterboy when he checked in with this missive on how River Birch has a new PR firm that is somehow kicking ass. (I swear you can’t make this stuff up). The truth here is that River Birch has pretty much gotten its ass kicked in the PR arena despite throwing big money out on full-page ads, hired gun economists and the like. After reading Clancy’s story I was left with the impression Loren Scott was a PR shill instead of an economist but we already figured that out for ourselves. I can’t wait until Scott’s work product is produced by River Birch as I suspect we’ll have a copy for everyone to examine here on Slabbed once it becomes part of the court record. A deposition of Loren Scott is likely also in order and maybe we’ll all find out how much money Scott’s wife at Blue Cross made underwriting insurance for Tim Whitmer to sell River Birch.