Our “Bye-Bye Bobby Bash,” the inspiration of reader Earthmother, was a huge success on Sunday (Jan. 10), just about 24 hours before Jindal leaves office as one of the most reviled governors in Louisiana history.
Before getting down to our celebration, we observed a moment of silence in honor of the late C.B. Forgotston. Those of you who read LouisianaVoice regularly know that I quoted him often. He was an inspiration to me and he will be missed. He may not have been with us in body, but he was certainly with us in spirit.
In attendance were Jerel Giarrusso (Earthmother) and husband Ted Hansen, Stephen Winham and wife Betty, several of our loyal readers, and our mystery cartoonist. Also on hand was Murphy Painter who was persecuted and prosecuted by the Jindal administration. It was LouisianaVoice and LouisianaVoice alone that said long before his federal criminal trial that Painter was not only innocent, but a target of reprisals by Jindal for Painter’s refusal to knuckle under to a major Jindal campaign contributor (Saints owner Tom Benson). Not a single news outlet, other than LouisianaVoice, peeled back the layers to look beneath the façade of lies and fabricated charges against Painter, to examine the real reasons for the administration’s actions. Painter was not only acquitted of all charges but the state then had to reimburse some $300,000 in legal fees incurred by Painter who, instead of taking his licks and walking away as the Jindalites apparently thought he would do, stood and fought for his honor and integrity. In the end, he prevailed.
We handed out special party favors as a memento of the absurdity of Jindal’s tenure.
When we arrived at Superior Grill, there were 12 state police officers having a late lunch. I offered them our party favors but they refused, either out of loyalty to or fear of State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson. One of the officers, an administrative type, dismissed my offer with a curt, “I’m good.”
Oh well, I offered.
I want to take this opportunity to offer a special word of deep appreciation to all who attended and to all my readers who were unable to attend. Without you, LouisianaVoice has no meaning. With your support, however, we managed to expose a lot of wrongdoing and even change a couple of things (the Edmonson amendment which attempted to sneak in a $50,000 increase in Edmonson’s retirement comes immediately to mind).
With your continued support, we will continue to keep watch over the incoming administration and especially over the legislature which is no less responsible for our present fiscal mess than Jindal because it was those 144 men and women who enabled him.
Below are a few photos taken at today’s event. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
She brought her 2011 campaign sign all the way from Ruston. (Sorry but I lost your name but I knew your father, Peewee Edwards well. He ran Village Plaza Cinema in Ruston and Mrs. Edwards ran Fran’s Book Nook for years.)
Somebody (Earthmother) brought a cake.
Part of our diverse group.
Jerel Giarrusso, aka Earthmother, made this inspirational piñata. Unfortunately, the proprietor of Superior Grill said his insurance policy would not allow us to actually break it, so we simply acted out our attacks for the camera.
Earthmother got her pretend licks in.
After what the Jindal administration did to him in its futile attempt at destroying his reputation and its unsuccessful prosecution of him, no one was more deserving of taking a whack at our Jindal piñata than Murphy Painter.
Yours truly gets his turn.