In this morning’s T-P we learn a few things from Hammerman’s analysis of the YouTube vids posted by the New Orleans Observer including the Observer’s likely identity as someone affiliated with the Cumberland Investment Group, an Orleans Shoring competitor. Because of the money involved the market competition has devolved into the business world’s version of a street fight as the public learns the extent of Julie Quinn’s financial involvement with Orleans Shoring while proclaiming to be some sort of consumer advocate, a routine she has used to double deal as a State Senator dating back to the Chinese Drywall scourge that afflicted this area after Hurricane Katrina.
Hammerman notes Quinn is the COO of Orleans Shoring and discloses the worst of the abuses Orleans documented in its own undercover sting are not present in the NOLA Observer’s video. That said Hammerman also brings up two things that are disturbing in the use of $100 Walmart gift cards to score appointments, a practice Orleans was made to discontinue and the disturbing implications of an Orleans Shoring direct mail solicitation and for that we visit with Slabbed commenter Fedupwithitall:
The salesman from Orleans Shoring arrived at this homeowners home with paperwork all filled out including square footage, entrances, name and even Road home number. Is this guy psychic? How can this be? This salesman mentions looking on a list that was not supposed to be used but was magically now able to be used. Lo and behold this homeowner is approved! This Orleans Shoring salesman then tries to scare the homeowner by describing that the homeowner may lose their chance to get their home elevated if they don’t choose Orleans Shoring since Elevation Shoring went out of business 6 months ago per the Orleans Shoring salesman. (Elevation Shoring is still in business). The Orleans Shoring salesman then politely informs the homeowner that they have a NEW Mitigation Analyst named Hank. What a well-informed, nice guy.
How was this information obtained? Orleans Shoring all of the sudden has a list? Oh my! Is this a new list or and older one purchased from Kurt Wiltshire of New Path Recovery? (Kurt Wiltshire of New Path Recovery worked for Christian right after he quit working for OCD_HMGP)
Fedup is referencing the ongoing criminal saga involving the selling of the homeowner lists as well as earlier Hammerman reporting I added in hyperlink to his comment above. The targeted mailing indicates there were other possible leaks involving the program and since a picture is worth a thousand words the mailing is below:
And those Walmart gift cards were clearly against the rules too which is why Orleans was made to discontinue giving them to their marks. Here is an example:
There are reasons State Senator Quinn is now former State Senator Quinn and some of them are on display in Hammerman’s article and my last post on this topic. Quinn has also appeared of late on these pages when her engagement to Parish President John Young was announced in late February. In certain Jefferson Parish political circles it has caused a great deal of discomfort, some of the reasons for which are just now entering into the public’s consciousness. For his part the Young administration has been free from scandal and, Richard Hart excepted, has brought much needed stability to Parish Government, which was rocked to the core with Broussard era corruption scandals. I mention this because the word I’m consistently hearing is the Connicks are dead set against Quinn and while the family is not politically strong enough to be judicial kingmakers on their own having their support is the easy way into a seat on the 24th JDC. How this plays out will be highly interesting.