Archive for the ‘Notable Quotables’ Category

“…if you are here to file a complaint or you have a complaint, I’m not accepting your complaint. I am not going to accept any form of complaint you may have. Any part of that unclear to you?”

—State Police Troop D Commander Capt. Chris Guillory to Dwight Gerst when Gerst visited Troop D headquarters to file a formal complaint against State Trooper Jimmy Rogers.

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“Louisiana is an example to the rest of the country that diversity is a source of strength–not division. That is why I am confident that regardless of party, we can band together to rebuild Louisiana. I was not a business-as-usual candidate, and I will not be a business-as-usual governor. I can’t do it alone. Now is the time for full participation.”

—John Bel Edwards, in his inauguration speech on Jan. 11, 2016, as Louisiana’s new governor.

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“It was alleged that you identified yourself more than once as the Executive Officer for LSP/Troop F to the Director of Security and to the Mississippi Gaming Commission agent while asking if there was the possibility of working something out.

—Col. Mike Edmonson, in a letter dated August 2, 2010, in which he suspended Lt. Tommy Lewis for 40 hours for accompanying an underage woman into the gaming area of a Mississippi casino after having been instructed that she was not allowed in the area.

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A government employee must not be influenced by extraneous factors when making decisions and “never accept for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of governmental duties.

—Code of Ethics for Government Service.

Senators may not hold government officials captive by tying their personal finances or benefits to their official acts.

—Senate Ethics Manual.

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“One would hope… that when an officeholder commits serious offenses, the negative reaction of the citizenry would make it impossible for him to govern effectively.”

—State Rep. and Tulane and Loyola Law adjunct professor David Vitter, writing about the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinski scandal in a New Orleans Times-Picayune op-ed in 1998.

“I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me. I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage.”

—Wendy Vitter, in an interview with Newhouse News Service in 2000, discussing what she would do if her husband cheated on her.

“You paid the man for two years after he pled guilty to three misdemeanor charges against women,” he said. “He stabbed her … big scar under her neck … he choked her. What do you say to that?”

—Former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff and State Rep. Ernest Wooton, one of six participants in a debate leading up to the 2010 U.S. Senate election, questioning Vitter on why his former aide, Brent Furer, remained on staff for two years after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting a female friend with a knife and threatening to kill her. 



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