Carl Richard, candidate for Bossier City Marshal, failed to properly account and report final expenses of 2013 in his campaign for Bossier City Marshal during the month of December, 2013. The Richard campaign is accumulating as much bad press and allegations of impropriety as Richard’s boss, Shreveport City Marshal, Charlie Caldwell. (Carl Richard Feb, 2014 Secretary of State Campaign Filing)
Charlie Caldwell, AKA “Diamond Charlie”, has managed to make news through willful disregard of acceptable travel policies, wasteful budget management and destruction of public records, not to mention other allegations and legal actions, with settlements, by numerous former deputies he fired. His office is asserted to be so bad that at least two former employees and more than one current and a former law enforcement officer have either announced campaigns or been encouraged to join in a campaign to unseat Caldwell in Shreveport.
Caldwell paid expenses of Shreveport attorney John Settle in a bitter public records fight in state court to encourage Settle to drop his suit and refrain from pursuing the same records Caldwell has been able to keep hidden from the public concerning his credit card records for his “personal” expenses.
But, this is not about Caldwell’s failures and misdeeds, as records are leaking out that could probably drown Caldwell in litigation before his fall election filing date. This IS about Caldwell’s Chief Deputy, Carl Richard, who seems to have learned many bad habits from Caldwell. Richard has proving just how poorly he handles himself and has demonstrated incompetency in aiding his elected boss, an officer of the Shreveport City Court.
Richard was caught red-handed in 2013 intimidating voters who had chosen to erect a “Don Otis for City Marshal” sign almost a year before the election, either in their yard or on their porch. KTBS reporter, Gerry May, caught Richard coming to the scene of an interview with Otis concerning voter intimidation. Before Richard could get his point across to the reporter and occupants who had allowed Otis to place a sign in their yard, May turned his camera on Richard to document the intimidation. May succeeded in following Richard back to the City Marshal’s office to confront him about his actions. Richard later denied that his “discussions” with voters who had chosen to place Otis signs in their yard was “intimidation.”
Richard’s action on and off camera, of “assisting my boss,” Caldwell, by determining why voters would fail to be supportive and actually actively support a rival long before next Fall’s filing date.
Now Richard’s Christmas card and Secretary of State filing seem to be contradictory. It would be unusual for a candidate to send out Christmas cards to thousands of Bossier City registered voters without incurring any expense. Richard was asked to explain these seeming discrepancies and failed to respond to phone calls at the City Marshal’s office today.
A copy of the postcard and the current report are being submitted to the Louisiana Secretary of State and an opinion of any potential violation of state ethics laws is being requested. Richard has announced his intention to run for this office and it is printed on the postcard as his intent to file for the fall 2014 election.