Political corruption, as in the past, was part of the scene in the early 1900’s. Huey Long and his corrupt cronies dominated
Political corruption has continued to haunt
- Governor Edwin Edwards, convicted of extorting money from applicants for riverboat casino licenses and sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence.
- Jerry Fowler, a former election commissioner serving a four-year sentence.
- Jim Brown, a former insurance commissioner released from prison in 2003, the third commissioner in a row to go to prison.
- Congressman William Jefferson under investigation in the the probe of Governor Edwards.
- Judge Alan Green, brother-in-law of Congressman Jefferson, convicted.
- Former Judge Ronald Bodenheimer, under federal investigation.
- Family members and associates of former Mayor Marc Morial (son of former Mayor Ernest Morial) under investigation, to include Morial’s uncle Glenn Haydel, former manager of the Regional Transit Authority accused of diverting $550,000 in RTA funds into his person accounts.
After Hurricane Katrina, three emergency preparedness officials were indicted, accused of obstruction and lying in the connection with the mishandling of $30.4 million dollars in disaster relief. Other problems include half a million dollars improperly spent on such things as a trip to
According to the FBI,
A study by the Public Policy Research Lab at
So what’s this got to do with us? Simple.
While indictments were handed down and waste, fraud, and abuse soared at city hall, public safety funding waned, causing a depleted level of preparedness during and after the storm. Even today, almost six-years later, salaries are still nowhere near what they need to be to hire and retain competent government officials. Case in point – the city of
Many who read this may think that the ongoing discoveries of missing/misappropriated funds at the Sheriff’s Office, PHA, and Clerk of Quarter Sessions in combination with the DROP scandal and an ill-timed budget shortfall should serve as our city’s wake-up call; but will it?
Will our fellow citizens vote out the politicians who’ve been taking up space at city hall for twenty to forty years and send a clear message to the party bosses backing them that this behavior will not stand and we will not stand by and idly watch this great city…where our nation’s government was born; go down the path that New Orleans went down? Let’s get involved and make sure our message is heard…before it’s too late.