The sneaky, dishonest way Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Legislature shoveled an extra $30,000 in annual retirement benefits to the head of the Louisiana State Police should forever prevent Jindal from bragging about having cleaned up his state's politics.
It won't, course, but the events that resulted in an illegal retirement boost for Col. Mike Edmonson - Jindal's appointed police chief - suggests that Louisiana politics remains a cesspool of cronyism.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa.AP/Charlie Neibergall
In the closing hours of the 2014 legislative session, legislators passed legislation with an amendment granting Edmonson and another state trooper - both enrolled in the state's DROP retirement plan, but still working and earning full salaries - additional retirement benefits.