LouisianaVoice has learned that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is calling for the resignation of beleaguered Superintendent of State Police Mike Edmonson.
Given the strained relationship between Kennedy and Gov. John Bel Edwards, however, that call isn’t likely to have much sway with the governor.
Nevertheless, it is the first public call by an elected official for Edmonson to step down.
Edmonson was first appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal in January 2008 and was reappointed by Edwards when he took office in January 2016.
Before his appointment by Jindal, Edmonson was best known as the constant companion of LSU coaches Nick Saban and Les Miles as he stood ready to protect the two coaches from any hostile fans bent on doing bodily harm to the coaches and were able to first get past 100 beefy football players to get to the coaches. (Well, you come up with a better theory; that’s the best we could come up with.)
Kennedy, you might remember, even weighed in on that controversial Act 859 of 2014 which temporarily awarded Edmonson a $55,000-per-year retirement increase bump. In a special LouisianaVoice guest COLUMN, he called on then-House Speaker Chuck Kleckley to call for an investigation of the Act, pushed through in the closing minutes of the 2014 legislative session by State Sen. Neil Riser (R-Columbia).
Ironically, it was then-State Rep. John Bel Edwards who had requested that Kleckley conduct the investigation.