Lawrence Chehardy

Lawrence Chehardy

For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.

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The primary is over and Louisiana voters will now choose between Gov. John Bel Edwards and businessman Eddie Rispone.

If you are like me, you are sick and tired of all the mudslinging that took place.  Being factually correct and critical of a person’s record is fair game. But I was shocked at the mean-spirited attacks on Gov. Edwards.  But this is where our politics has gone. I call it Washington style politics. Ugly attacks on the opponent. Ignore the facts. And just say whatever comes to mind.  One example is President Trump’s assertion that Gov. Edwards if reelected would take away our guns. That is so false. Gov. Edwards has repeatedly stated that he is pro second amendment.  But lies don’t matter. Lies excite certain voters so lying is acceptable.

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This Saturday is a big day for Louisiana.  Voters will choose the person to serve as our state’s governor for the next four years.  My vote goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

When Gov. Edwards assumed office nearly four years ago, he inherited a fiscal nightmare that was worse than anyone realized.  It was a $2 billion deficit that the state had to remedy.  

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Donald Trump is his own worse enemy.  The recent disclosure by the Washington whistleblower is another example of Mr. Trump not using his brain before he speaks.

Think about this.  In the 2016 election the Russians and maybe others interfered in our presidential election.  And now President Trump is accused of asking the Ukraine government to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.  If true how dumb is that?

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Donald Trump has been like no other president in American history. To say he is unique would be an understatement. He is the first president to make extensive use of social media especially Twitter. His daily tweets are the talk of the daily news cycle.

In addition to his extensive use of Twitter, Donald Trump’s campaign rallies are just as much over the top as his tweets. His exaggeration of his accomplishments and his claims of the failures of prior presidents are hallmarks for news coverage and food for his followers. His legions of supporters love him. The left not so much. And those who consider themselves in the political middle are left perplexed and confused.

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The political landscape in Jefferson Parish and statewide was shaken with the announcement by Sheriff Newell Normand that he will retire from his post as Sheriff of Jefferson Parish.  The political world does not like change, and it certainly does not like change of earthquake proportions.  The loss of Sheriff Normand throws the parish’s political landscape into chaos. 

lawrence chehardyJohn Bel Edwards is the Governor-Elect.  The race is over, and an analysis of it is in order.

This election was without a doubt the most negative and nasty of any campaign I can remember.  The tone of the election was set early on by Senator David Vitter and his Political Action Committee who ran a nearly totally negative campaign against his two republican rivals in the primary and against Mr. Edwards in the general election.  This onslaught of negative campaigning contributed heavily to the Edwards victory.  By attacking his republican opponents so heavily, many of those voters found it impossible to vote for Mr. Vitter in the run-off election.  To win John Bel Edwards did not need all of Jay Dardenne’s voters nor did he need all of Scott Angelle’s voters.  He just needed some of them, and he got them.

obama edwardsThe race for governor is now headed into the anticipated runoff but with a new twist.  Six month ago the runoff was expected to be John Bel Edwards, a democrat, against republican David Vitter.  That prediction was correct.  But the outcome of the primary election was far from predicted by the experts.  It was expected that once David Vitter had John Bel Edwards in the runoff he would run away with the election.  Well, that is not going to happen.

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The race for Louisiana’s next governor is in its final weeks.  Candidate strategies will become apparent if not apparent already and desperation will certainly show its face.  

chehardyThe David Vitter (R) campaign has abandoned a positive message for constant attacks on his two republican opponents.  Calling Jay Dardenne a liberal and Scott Angelle Obama-like is typical political hyperbole.  Neither claim is true but to the republican base it can sell, and that is what the Vitter campaign and its political action committee are trying to do, rally conservative voters around David Vitter through a constant barrage of negative ads to serve as momentum to a runoff victory in November.  But this strategy may not be working out so well.

VITTER--CHICKENThe race for Louisiana’s next governor is on.  Qualifying for the state’s top job ended Thursday with the four announced major candidates all in and several last minute minor candidates signing up prior to closing.  Simply put the primary election on October 24th will boil down to two camps, pro-David Vitter and anyone but David Vitter (R).  The battle lines are drawn, and the fight will be ferocious. 

Donald Trump has flirted with running for President of the United States in the past.  Four years ago he annoHillary-Clintonunced on Fox News that he would not run.  Now he is a candidate in the republican field; and, according to some polls, he is the front runner.  Donald Trump has been and may still be a factor in the race for the White House, but his impact may not be what his party was hoping for.

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