If memory serves Michael Janus and our fluffer Congressman are lifelong associates:
Michael Janus, a man who Congressman Steven Palazzo described as a “close friend of my family for years” was formally named Palazzo’s chief of staff on Thursday.
The families that politic together thieve together as well:
‘Oversights’ disclosed in $3M BP grant ~ Mary Perez
“The six council members knew nothing of the agreement until after the grant was received,” said city attorney W. Fred Hornsby III. The council could have chosen not to pay Maxwell-Walker, he said, but agreed to give the firm the standard 6 percent finder’s fee of $180,000 for the grant.
The payment to Maxwell-Walker was not discussed in an open council meeting, only in executive session, Janus said.
Rather than putting a resolution for payment on the budget, it was added to the Dec. 20, 2011, docket of claims with the city’s other bills.
And then there are the obvious conflicts of interest. D’Iberville Mayor Quave works at DMR and is paying his former boss’ son. Janus, the City Manager is in business with Scott Walker via JaWa Investments LLC, a name I thought funny considering the jabberwalk BS involved in terming all this a mere “oversight”.
Now if this all sounds like a certain business arrangements involving Hancock County politicos it would be because does, but that is another post. As it turns out Slabbed New Media is the #1 media outlet in the country bar none on the topic of BP treating our state and local politicians exactly like the corrupt, third world nabobs they are. Yes, the following series from the WaPo/Propublica is excellent but Slabbed nailed the money trail. Here is that must read Propublica series on Louisiana’s spillionaires so everyone is on the right page:
- ‘Spillionaires’: Profiteering and Mismanagement in the Wake of the BP Oil Spill ~ ProPublica and Washington Post
- Spillionaires Revisited: Gov’t Official’s Associates Got Big Contracts After the BP Oil Spill ~ Kim Barker, ProPublica
- ‘Spillionaires’ Powerbroker Loses Re-election Bid ~ Kim Barker, ProPublica
Not that St Bernard’s Craig Tafarro is not a worthy journalistic target because the man is a miscreant but, Slabbed set its sights a bit higher connecting Magnum, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Eric O’Bell and the gang in spring 2011 but we were also there real time after the spill in 2010 with Mary Landrieu, Bobby Jindal and Anderson Cooper’s favorite local gasbag Billy Nungesser. Of course in July 2011 Slabbed published the contract itself that gave rise to the money trail that ended up in the pockets of those politicians named above.
So now more of the details of BP spreading the money among Mississippi’s politicians are bubbling up. I’m for a full fleshing out of these issues. It is so rotten on so many levels I question whether the auditor’s office has the resources to handle it.
15 thoughts on “Yes Virginia, these new age Coastie politicians are rotten to the core.”
Wow! Just when you prepare yourself for some dull information on the DMR records turned over this week because you expect them to give the Sunhearld only what they want the public to see they switch gears to D’Iberville.Janus has made a fatal error and now must be remove.The IMMS is now a target because they have Walkers everywhere.This Ocean Expo site will sit vacant for years to come.The Walker tidal wave of corruption is going to wipe out everybody and everything it touches. Moving fast and is going to force people to beg for help soon.Instead of FEMA coming to Ms. after a hurricane this disaster brings the FBI and DOJ.They will offer to house the participants in a Federal Facility soon. No need for cottages or trailers.They will not have to worry about formaldehyde or replacing what they lost because the federal government will supply all they need.Prepare yourself if you are involved.
I’d have to look at your state’s “public records/open meetings” body of law but would seem on the face such a discussion not fit for executive session. Unless of course “tied” to something like litigation, du verstanden?
This did not belong in executive session period but just like cockroaches this bunch of crooks prefers to conduct their thieving out of the public eye.
IMHO the local champs at the misuse of executive sessions for their shithouse deals are on the Bay-Waveland School Board.
Who is the judge in the Becnel fee trial?
There are quite a few public boards in Hancock County
that are all advised legally by the same law firm.
Not only is executive session overused, but 3 of them
have actually conducted business (yes, that includes
voting on issues) over the phone. That is definitely
against the law even in Miss. But they are not violating the letter of the law presently by these
executive sessions. The law just needs to be changed to protect the public.
Of course, you legtimate the illegitimate if you know how to couple correctly.
On second thought I see that statement is ripe with swarmy inferences. Tough, let it rip! lol…
If you read the article and then look at the pictures the Sunhearld added you will see Bill Walker,Scott Walker,Sharon Walker,Moby Solangi,Robbie Maxwell,Rusty Quave,Micheal Janus and others.It is almost like the Walker gang is going City to City,County to County and setting an illegal gill net to see who gets caught in it.Janus is out soon and Moby better start looking for another “whale” to fund his dolphin boondoggle.
Is Janus still Palazzo’s chief of staff??
No,Janus is the city manager in D’Iberville. He also is one of Scott Walkers biggest fans.What he did will cost him his job before it is over.The street has been saying one of the coming indictments is for someone at the city of D’Iberville. Could he be that person?
I get the impression the folks on the D’Iberville City Council are simpletons.
They need to fix this and soon by dismissing Janus. D’Iberville has a stain on its reputation that may cause future business to seek other places to do business if they cannot trust D’Iberville. Folks, everyone like Micheal, but he must go, along with the whole crew he has brought with him to the city.
Appear to be double first cousins to CMR board members.They have no clue and don’t know what to do.
The demand letter from the DEQ sealed it.
As opposed to taking action on the basis of what was revealed on January 26, 2013 in the Sun Herald under the headline of ‘Oversights’ disclosed in $3M BP grant According to this story there was general agreement on what the parties apparently stated were the facts. Which does not necessarily mean that it is all on the table yet.
“It was an honest oversight on my part,” Janus said. “We did have a contract but it was not ratified by the council.” O RLY?
“No money was involved in the agreement with Walker until the firm was able to secure funding, he said. mmmm hmmm
“The six council members knew nothing of the agreement until after the grant was received,” said city attorney W. Fred Hornsby III. The council could have chosen not to pay Maxwell-Walker, he said, but agreed to give the firm the standard 6 percent finder’s fee of $180,000 for the grant.” Coulda Woulda Shoulda. WHOOPS.
“The payment to Maxwell-Walker was not discussed in an open council meeting, only in executive session, Janus said.” RLY? SRSLY!? NO WAI!!!
“Rather than putting a resolution for payment on the budget, it was added to the Dec. 20, 2011, docket of claims with the city’s other bills.”
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