by Marion Marks
Stewart Video of Today!
Lou Burnett leads today’s FaxNet with “Not a good time for incumbents,” and no truer words could be spoken based on national sentiment shown for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. In previous elections, both would probably have had supporters, but the wave of anti-status quo is rampant nationally.
Burnett goes on to relate that “in years past, incumbent office holders could reasonably expect to get a free ride to re-election. But the mood of voters has changed, which resulted in opposition for many incumbents.” Incumbent John Escude has positioned himself as potentially the poster-child to not even make the run off. Both challengers to Escude have far more positivity, organization, financial supporters and experience in problem solving to match against the self-serving record apparent in Escude’s last term, dealing with the GM plant and his personal ill-gotten short-term job. The smell will soon dissipate from the Commission seat. I look forward to the records of success of the other contenders to turn voters even more against this incumbent. Success in personal life and business speaks far more clearly than questionable dealings with public-private jobs.
Dr. Jeff Sadow writes about incumbents being potentially easier to defeat in this election, and yet such does not seem to be the case in Caddo Commission District 4, as “victim of the house-cleaning of the Caddo Parish School Board by voters disgruntled with shaky finances and poor school performance, Democrat Charlotte Crawley returns to action to face off against Republican incumbent Matthew Linn. While the Commission itself has made a number of questionable financial decisions, Linn usually has been more sensible and restrained than his colleagues’ penchant for profligate taxing and spending, so there may be a certain glass house quality to Crawley’s challenge.” Linn has been a responsible steward of parish business and I expect he will easily be reelected.
I was able to film the presentation this morning by Caddo DA candidate James Stewart, and ask him a clarifying, and hopefully final, question regarding the August 2000 New Orlean City Court trial. His answer, along with the answers of his attorney in the case, Robert Piper, should allow this issue to have some sense of closure. It’s regrettable that the transcript is not available, but such is the case of many New Orleans pre-Katrina documents. More will come out on this race and other candidates as the election unfolds.