So here is the story folks, Congressman Steven “Party Animal” Palazzo is sinking fast and needs a cheap PR gimmick to generate some positive buzz and distract weak minds here on the coast so today he announced the following:
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo is declining to accept his congressional retirement benefits and is helping sponsor a bill that would eliminate pensions for members of Congress.
“South Mississippians are tightening their belts, and so should the federal government,” Palazzo said in a statement.
“That’s why I wrote to the chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives stating I would neither apply for nor accept any pension or retirement benefits derived from my service as a Member of Congress. That’s also why I support the EPIC Act.” The End Pensions in Congress Act, also known as the EPIC Act, would eliminate pension benefits for members of Congress in the futhre (sic), not those currently serving or retired.
So not only is Palazzo stinking up DC partying the nights away while using his staff as paid babysitters, he appears to be on the fast track to becoming as popular with his collegues as John Labruzzo was in the Louisiana Legislature.
So while Palazzo grandstands and hides out in Washington DC his constituents are still waiting for him to have his first town hall meeting. File this one under light and fluffy.
Ladies and Gentlemen in the next MDL Wrestling Federation match we have a Fatal 4 way match! We have Barack Obama’s Wall Street shoe shine boy Ken Feinberg for the GCCF v Bobby “Piyush” Jindal for BP v Buddy “Tickle my ass with a feather” Caldwell v Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC)
Yesterday Anita Lee at the Sun Herald broke and then added to the story of a ruling by Judge Barbier yesterday which allowed the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee to recoup their expenses from those folks that have settled their claims with BP via the Gulf Coast Claims Facility involving a 4% holdback from Louisiana and Alabama originated claims and 6% for everyone else. Seeing Anita’s story, my Katrina Bro Editilla sent me a bat signal via twitter, Anita was kind enough to share the order and spare me the PACER charge when answering my email inquiry and I shook the tree. I just about got pummeled by everything that fell out but today we’ll start by saying while we’ve favorably blogged on Judge Barbier’s rulings in post Katrina insurance litigation his latest ruling is way off base IMHO. In fact it stinks folks.
Luckily for everyone Rebecca Mowbray at the T-P joined the party today and advanced the discussion by disclosing a somewhat open secret that Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is feuding with Gov Jindal and both have legal teams with snouts firmly entrenched in the BP trough supposedly representing the State of Louisiana by pissing on each other. What Mowbray left out was that Caldwell’s contract council, Allan “Show me the Money” Kanner and Judge Barbier have also been clashing repeatedly in the courtroom and it that was addressed in the Judge Barbier’s Order and Reasons:
The Louisiana Attorney General has objected to the creation of a hold-back account insofar as it applies to the State of Louisiana. Louisiana is one of only two Gulf Coast states that have filed claims in this MDL, the other being Alabama. Notably, the Attorney General for the State of Alabama long ago reached agreement with the PSC to work cooperatively to further their joint or aligned interests. Largely for this reason, the Court appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange as Coordinating Counsel for the Gulf Coast States. The Court has on multiple occasions encouraged the State of Louisiana to cooperate with the PSC and the State of Alabama insofar as their interests are aligned versus the Defendants in this complex MDL. Rather than cooperate or attempt to work collaboratively, the State of Louisiana, through its retained private counsel, has instead often obstructed and frustrated the progress of the litigation. Continue reading “Competing Conflicts of Interest cause Gulf Coast Claims Facility to suspend payments: A periodic report from the gutter where its all going down.”