St.Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwartz Core narrowly lost her bid for another term even though she outspent her opponent by a margin of 10 to 1. She lost to an Independent in the state’s only Republican plurality parish. The Assessor was hurt by charges of credit card abuse and misspending.
- Former KKK leader David Duke was in the news again for the wrong reasons. He was arrested in
before addressing a right wing group. He is forbidden to travel in several European countries because he is on record denying the Holocaust. Germany Democratic Party is an example of complete ineptitude. While still maintaining a big lead in voter registration throughout the state, the party failed to produce one serious candidate to run for statewide office this year. This incompetence occurred because of poor leadership and contributed to the Democrats also losing control of the Louisiana Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. Louisiana
- Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser tried to move up to Lt. Governor with the strong support of U.S. Senator David Vitter. While outspending his opponent and blitzing the airwaves with negative commercials, he still lost handily to incumbent Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.
- Former New Orleans Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt was indicted on a racketeering charge, convicted and sentence to seven years in prison. Currently she is free while her appeal moves forward. Her case helped expose a scam involving family members of former Congressman Bill Jefferson. She was convicted of helping to steal $1 million that was supposed to benefit the poor and needy citizens of
. New Orleans
- River Birch Inc. has been a powerful political player for years, but the landfill company has hit hard times. It used to win big contracts, but is now reportedly under federal investigation. The company just lost a $160 million contract with Jefferson Parish and one former state official Henry Mouton pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for accepting payments to lobby for the company.
Robinette has been exposed as a phony. While purportedly hosting the “Think Tank,” the talk show host accepted $250,000 from his friend, Fred Heebe, the owner of River Birch. Without disclosing the payment, he criticized River Birch’s competition on the air and only paid back the “loan” after the media reported the payment. Garland
- U.S. Senator David Vitter spent the year fighting with Governor Jindal for the top position in the state Republican Party. He tried to use his power and plenty of money to elect a group of legislators and two statewide officials in the last election. Unfortunately for Vitter, all of his top candidates lost and his influence was clearly diminished.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].