Professional Fraud Bobby Jindal campaigned about a “new day” for Louisiana. Instead, he continues the worst Louisiana traditions. Where does an old legislator go when his term is up? In Jindal’s (and Long’s) Louisiana, right back onto the public payroll:
The obvious similarity between a cockroach and a career politician is that you can never get rid of either one.Take Noble Ellington, for example.
Or Jane Smith.
Or Ricky Hardy.
Or Henry “Tank” Powell
Or M.J. “Mert” Smiley.
Or what seems like the entire Teepell family or anyone connected to Timmy Teepell.
If the supporters of Piyush Jindal don’t realize that he is every bit the political opportunist that any of his predecessors were, that his political morals are no better than any other Louisiana politician who ever got himself elected, then there is little to no hope for this state.
There’s no pasture that old politicians graze upon. Unless of course that pasture is the public dime. Why not privatize these jobs like every other public job Jindal sees? Oh, because these people are his friends. Crony capitalism, continues unabated:
Let’s take a look at some of the recent appointments by Piyush, the man who would counsel us to “do more with less.”
- Former State Rep. Jane Smith of Bossier City, ineligible for re-election because of term-limits and defeated in her own effort to flip-flop to the Senate, nevertheless landed a $107,500 per year position as deputy secretary of the Department of Revenue. Her qualifications for such a sensitive position were never enumerated.
- Former Reps. Ricky Hardy of Lafayette, who lost his re-election bid last fall, Henry “Tank” Powell of Ponchatoula, and M.J. “Mert” Smiley of St. Amant, were all appointed to part time positions as members of theState Pardon Board at $36,000 each.
Other recent Jindal appointees:
- Former St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis, term-limited, bless his heart, was named director of the Governor’s Office on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), a political patronage black hole;
- Former St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro, who lost his re-election bid, had no need to worry because Jindal simply created a new position. He was appointed to lead the state’s hazard mitigation efforts in which capacity he will oversee programs that distribute money for elevating homes and making other improvements to residences and public infrastructure;
- Matt Parker, brother-in-law of Jindal’s former chief of staff and present political adviser Timmy Teepell, was hired as Jindal’s intergovernmental affairs director;
- Taylor Teepell, Timmy Teepell’s brother, was named as Jindal’s deputy legislative affairs director. Before that, he was director of the state Republican Party’s Victory Fund;
- Melissa Henderson Mann, Timmy Teepell’s former executive assistant, was named as the new legislative liaison for the Department of Transportation and Development.