Boss Hogg crony Ashley Edwards named executive director of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

Welp folks, hell must be freezing over as Hancock County has evidently run out of home grown political hacks and cronies to staff one of the local troughs.

Hancock port board endorses governor’s staffer as new director ~ Anita Lee

Hiring unqualified good ol boys to government jobs in Mississippi is nothing new as we’ve been reminded of late of that fact with DMR among other agencies but for a local plum appointment to go to an outsider in Hancock County is unheard of, especially when the board doing the appointing answers to the County Board of Supervisors.  Yes, of late local politics has made for strange bedfellows with Supervisor Steve Seymour crossing party lines to cuddle up with Lynn Fitch over at Scott Walker’s house last year but plucking a Phil Bryant staffer for a $150,000 job that could (some would say should) go to someone with the Ladner surname? OMG!!!

I did not jump right on the emerging story linked in comments by Mad as Hell on Sunday because I knew two things:

  • The news was leaked to the media in advance for a reason.
  • I knew Gene Taylor was serving on the Port and Harbor Commission, which is reasonable given the man’s vast experience with all things seaborn and military and I had a hard time believing Gene would support one of Boss Hogg’s Hurricane Katrina cronies for the post.

I sent some discreet inquiries out but did not get much joy from the informational returns I received but I am glad to see my instincts were on the mark as this snippet from Anita’s story of today indicates:

Hancock port and harbor commissioners voted 5-1 to approve hiring Edwards. Gene Taylor, a former U.S. representative, was opposed. Commissioners voted without comment.

I think everyone knows by now the source of Sunday’s story was not Robert Kane. If Hancock County is to become the latest dumping ground for out of work GOP state political hacks we all better grab our wallets and hold on tight, that is if there is any money left after NFIP rates go through the roof.

Of this we can be certain, Ashley Edwards is on board because the Board of Supervisors wants him on board at Port and Harbor.

23 thoughts on “Boss Hogg crony Ashley Edwards named executive director of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission”

  1. Looks like Hancock County is getting its own version of a New Jersey Gov.Christie look a like. Give Edwards credit he was honest about how he got there. What is baffling to all has to be how five people on this board agreed that this totally inexperienced person was the right choice. Who are they doing this for? Phil Bryant? Something is up with this.

  2. One side of me is thinking that the board is made up of morons who refuse to think for themselves other than to support “the massa” and the republican pork barrel any way possible. This seems to be a common practice among board, Senate and commission type members around here. In other words they seem to be “yes men” who will not put up a fight any greater than a submissive slut who is strapped to the bed with leather and chains.” They seem to just understand phrases like: “make me your bitch” and “You will do as ordered you dirty little whore.”

    The other side of me thinks that these people are obviously out of touch with reality and too ignorant to realize what is going on and what is in the best interest of the tax payers.

    Either way, we are not in good shape.

    1. If you read this article in the Sunherald from last week Edwards stated that the $150,000. figure was at the top of the scale. Qualified people would have to take less with the hopes of reaching that financial level over time. Political hacks go straight to the top because they are being paid for the connections we have paid them to acquire. Where is the outrage for giving this kind of money to an unqualified 33 year old with a degree in journalism? Wonder if anyone is calling the Hancock supervisors to complain or is the fix in? It would be interesting for Gene Taylor to elaborate on the qualified candidates and his reason to say NO to Ashley Edwards.

  3. Gene said in the newspapers that he felt the other applicants were better “qualified” for the
    position. This goes on in Hancock County all the time. It is not what you know or what you have to offer,
    it is who you know, and how easily you can be “trained” by those you will “serve.” Forget the public.
    Does anyone know what the budget is this year for the Port and Harbor in Hancock County?

      1. Wonder what the last person to hold this job was paid ? Who sets the pay scale? Gene Taylor could launch his campaign for anything using this appointment to stress what is wrong with the current everything. I agree Doug, this does not pass the smell test.

  4. This position has been filled by Mr. Edwards for months now. The port employees have been very frustrated and intimidated into not applying for the job regardless of their qualifications; cronyism at its finest. Mr. Edwards is one of the smoothest liars on the coast, as he has managed to stay employed for the better part of a decade without actually doing a week’s worth of work. Mr. Edwards even lied about being on the ground a day after Katrina! How much lower can one really go? Lying about being a volunteer? Wow! Maybe the boost in pay will change things. He might actually get off the couch, but most should hope for less. Let us BEG the Board of Supervisors and the Governor to reject this leach. We need to fix our local government before we can fix our national problems!

    1. He will probably do a good newsletter for the port based on his education. The two pictures of Ashley Edwards in the Sunherald do not even look like the same person. What is up with this mini boss hog? Sad day for the taxpayers of Hancock County. They need to ring the damn phones off of the hook at their BOS offices/homes. Jack, it will do no good to contact the Governor, he is at the heart of this $150,000 job gimme to his adopted soldier.

  5. I have heard many times since the investigation of the DMR began that some politicians in Hancock County are involved. Same goes for the investigation of SH Anthony which also is said to include a certain person(s) at the Hancock County Utility District. Could be the same person(s).

  6. Stacey Pickering strikes again.Read this article posted in the Ms. Business Journal .Pay close attention to the part about frozen retirement as in Bill Walker. Some have said you cannot take a persons retirement to satisfy a demand, this says otherwise. Sorry to mess up Ashley Edward’s welcoming party but thought this was huge.

  7. Not only did they go after the amount embezzled but they soaked em’ for interest and investigative costs. Amazing

    For those in the law business–would it be wrong to think that charges could be brought on the state for unequal justice if it were a proven fact. It seems to me that If the objective is to retrieve embezzled money they would require the convicted or crooks to pay back the full amount in all cases. If that was not possible, then jail them based on the remainder they owe.

  8. Here is what is going folks. The reason Palazzo did not care about the NFIP program is because it was attached to the federal highway. What in the federal highway program would blind a Congressman to the NFIP death sentence to his District? Can the State really look into DMR with the BP Oil Fund coming on board. The local Port would be a fool not to hire the person Haley and Trent tell them too out of their office tower in Ridgeland. If they don’t appoint the man they will not get funded. What is wrong is that the work will go to contractors that are picked out of Jackson. Our local boys will be treated like they were after Katrina Overlooked, underpaid and working for someone who wasn’t even hurt by the oil spill. Please Gene run. We need to keep our money here and out of the hands of greedy Jackson political puppet masters. Take back the Coast—- VOTE FOR TAYLOR


    October 5, 2011

    Mr. SCALISE (for himself, Mr. BONNER, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. OLSON, Mr. PALAZZO, Mr. SOUTHERLAND, Mr. RICHMOND, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mr. RIVERA, Mr. CRENSHAW, Mr. DIAZ-BALART, Mr. BOUSTANY, Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. LANDRY, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. ADERHOLT, Mr. BACHUS, Mrs. ROBY, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Ms. SEWELL, Mr. CASSIDY, Mr. WEST, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. HARPER, and Mr. NUNNELEE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

    Science, Space, and Technology

  9. Also Palazzo sold out his District when he helped make the legislation. He gave the Governor all the power and did not do like Alabama who had this type of system— When Palazzo crafted his part of the Bill did he not notice that in Alabama the local political entities were empowered to make decisions about how the money would be spent from the BP Oil Spill. Instead Palazzo put the Governor in charge. How is that working? Look at how Haley is lining his men up to control the money when it comes down the pipeline. We were sold out by Palazzo.



  10. In my honest opinion the reason Mississippi set it up to have the BP restoration money flow thru the Ms.DEQ is for the Governor to have total control of who gets what. This is tremendous re-election ammunition for Phil Bryant. He can direct Trudy Fisher to give what he wants where he wants it, to benefit whomever is in his camp. Just like the BP oil spill cleanup money/work that went to various connected companies/ cronies like George Malvaney (only one example) this money will be strategically placed with a certain amount coming back as campaign donations for Bryant’s re-election from those who partake. Watch closely, they will all be much more cautious in concealing the money flow because the public has this group in full sight. I can assure you even campaign fundraisers will be carefully controlled/conducted at neutral locations. No more being held at private homes like Joe Cloyd’s beach front mansion or his next door neighbor Scott Walker’s DMR furnished stately home. The state Republican machine is worried about the damage being done by the likes of these young out of control turks like Cloyd and Walker. With the DMR scandal set to explode and scatter the Republican party bodies everywhere they have many reason to be concerned. Given the additional problems Bryant is creating for himself by running around talking up things like nuclear waste storage is good for Ms.,the Kemper Power Plant is good for the Ms.Power ratepayers, drilling for oil in the Ms.Sound will not impact tourism and the open carry law will make us all safer he will not get the Ms. votes like the last election produced for him.

  11. I agree with ‘Mad As Hell’ except for one important fact. The voters in our state will continue to vote Republican no matter how dishonest, inept and unqualified the politician. Even those that have not supported their constituients will be reelected. There is too much money coming in to support them. Therefore, voters will continue to support the likes of ‘Lawnmower Gas Smelling’ Bryant, ‘Tea Party’ Palazzo and ‘DMR Supporting’ Pickering no matter how much they and other politicians use the people of our state for their own personal gain. We deserve to be Number 50 in the nation for our voting record!

  12. I disagree Mr. John. I think that the Taxpaying voters of this State have seen and had enough!! Even their own party is fed up with the crooked going ons. I have faith that Mississippi natives are NOT absolute idiots and will do the right thing this election, which is vote the pigs out!!!

  13. Makes me feel real good to read all this garbage about my son. I wonder if the nice run-off-at-the-mouth and pen people ever stopped to think about the possibility of the fact that Ashley might have gotten the job because of his ability and prior work history?

    1. Public life requires a thick hide and a willingness to take risks. No doubt your son possesses both.

      Ashley has settled into his new job – I saw him at 200 North Beach at lunch a few weeks back myself in fact. From the looks of things it was a working lunch.

      You’re more than welcome to have your say Mr. Edwards. Free free to email me anytime as well.

    2. Gene Taylor, a ” nice run off-at -the mouth” politician, actually stated there were other candidates for the job of leading the Port and Harbor of Hancock County more qualified than candidate Ashley Edwards but hired Ashly instead.

      According to the American way, not to discriminate against the best and brightest, the best qualified should have gotten the job especially if your port needs intense marketing and international shipping leadership with close local competition from Mobile, Ala and NOLA.

      Has the father of a son, who got – a – political favor and job paying $150,000/yr , ” ever stopped to think” of the other more qualified sons and daughters, of other fathers and mothers, who were discriminated against and cheated out of a job they deserved? Didn’t think so.


      It seems to me a journalism major and degreed person should be writing articles for the Sunherald and not the other way around

      1. What we are seeing from the multiple appointments as of late is the radical regimes form of socialism. A word they often cry out when anyone disagrees with their ideology. Except in this case, their form of socialism only applies to republican socialites and the states radical elitists that keep nailing these prestigious jobs with questionable credentials.

        If Edwards, Miller and Bentz would have been D’s or I’s and applied for their positions with the credentials they had, I bet they never would have been considered.

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