This is a topic whose time for exploration across the South is really past due. That said Gordon Russell and the gang at the Advocate put out a whopper of a first installment on Louisiana’s corporate welfare programs, which are being funded off the backs of its colleges and universities:
Finally the local GOP is formally disavowing Louisiana PSC candidate Forest Wright, whose RINO baggage was first rolled out here on Slabbed back in September in response to party faithful contacting me. With PSC Candidate Eric Skrmetta being endorsed in commercials by folks like Steve Scalise, Forest Wright is now on the defensive with ads like the following hitting the airways:
In the end the RINO tag meant less in this race than the barrage of bad publicity received by Skrmetta. The Google searches for Wright, far and away Slabbed most searched name these past two weeks, can’t be good news for Skrmetta, who came in a close second in yesterday’s runoff.
Speaking of the RINOs mentioned in that old post, Monique Lafontaine came in a close third in the First Parish Court race, which is going to a runoff between the highly politically connected Johnny Lee and Pat Rooney. With the vote split so many ways, the runoff between Lee and Rooney has potential with Lafontaine and fourth place finisher Troy Broussard being in the position of king makers with their endorsements on the line.
Somewhere in Johnny Lee’s candidacy for First Parish Court Judge and the support he is getting from local GOP power players illustrates why party affiliation is actually meaningless down South where everyone running either belongs to or switches just in advance of running to one political party.