Folks that has certainly been my experience after covering Judge Ross LaDart’s attempted home cooking of Anne Marie Vandenweghe’s public records suit back in 2010 and 2011 so along those lines it comes as no surprise that Judge Glenn Ansardi, a close friend of the disgraced former Goatherder in Chief and the Kenner political mafioso would issue an injunction against the release of public records that would expose JEDCO, specifically wealthy developer/Goatherder Henry Shane and company engaging in prohibited partisan political activity.
A state judge Friday ordered Jefferson Parish not to release politically themed emails that an economic development official exchanged through his public agency’s account during the runup to the 2010 School Board elections. A court hearing has been scheduled Wednesday to consider the issue further.
Judge Glenn Ansardi of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna issued the temporary restraining order at the request of Henry Shane of Kenner, one of Jefferson’s most politically influential businessmen, who sued to block release of the correspondence. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and The Advocate had asked for the emails under the authority of Louisiana public records law.
I first heard about the use of JEDCO to push the political campaigns of certain school board members such as the now infamous kook Michael Delesdernier and Tom Capella political hack/thug Pat Tovrea at the time JEDCO’s Lucien Gunter announced he was stepping down as executive director. Slabbed has excellent sources in both JEDCO and the Jefferson Parish business community as a whole that were horrified that the organization had been hijacked by the likes of developer/crony capitalist Henry Shane and people are talking. It appears both NOLA.com and the Advocate have taken an interest in this story and it is a good one IMHO.
So why is Ansardi interested in doing the bidding of Henry Shane? Perhaps for reasons related to both the Internal Revenue Service and the prohibition on certain nonprofits engaging in partisan political activity and/or even better, Car 54. Drew Broach explains:
Jefferson Parish’s chief economic development official accepted deeply discounted rent on an apartment from an influential business owner to comply with a Jefferson residency law but never lived in the unit, instead maintaining his home in St. Tammany Parish, according to a report released Wednesday. That amounts to a potential violation not only of the residency law but also of the state ethics code.
In a report on the Jefferson Economic Development Commission, the parish government’s internal auditor said JEDCO Executive Director Lucien Gunter didn’t lease the apartment until Dec. 29, 2011, although the local ordinance required residency in Jefferson within six months of hiring. Gunter was hired in 2007. (Read the audit report and JEDCO’s response.)
The apartment was a furnished model unit at one of Henry Shane’s First Lake Properties complexes. The lease specified rent of $300 monthly, acknowledged it as a discount price and required that Gunter allow its use as a demonstration unit between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“He did not spend any nights in the unit,” internal auditor Tommy Fikes told the Ethics Compliance and Audit Committee.
Fikes said he was told that a similar two-bedroom apartment would rent for $1,122 to $1,207.
I’ve got more on the taxpayer funded leaches that are the Ansardi family as that name popped up a good bit in the former Goatherder in Chief’s files that Slabbed obtained via Public Records Request last year. The bottom line is Glenn Ansardi=Aaron Broussard. File this one under justice denied.