The state treasurer follows up on the letter he wrote to the governor earlier this week telling him he ought to drop his idea of raising taxes by going on TV and more or less driving a manure spreader through the grounds of the governor’s mansion.
This is some fairly entertaining stuff, and we love it mostly because it’s the fulfillment of a prophecy we made months ago; namely, that while Kennedy made an utter pest of himself while Bobby Jindal was the governor, that was nothing compared to what he’ll do to John Bel Edwards before he fully engages in the Senate race this fall. He had to hold back a little with Jindal, given that the two shared an “R” next to their names. With Edwards?
Kennedy gets all the typical state media questions about what a crisis this is and how TOPS can’t be funded, et cetera, and he waves them away by disputing the premise (something state Rep. Mike Johnson also did on a TV interview last night with the NBC station in Shreveport; see that here) that Edwards has created. He makes the point that the budget’s substantially larger than it was this year and that the “crisis” is of the governor’s choosing. And he trudges up the hill once again on his advocacy of trimming state contracts to save money and indicts the Senate Finance committee as a bunch of puppets for the governor.
It’s an overall tour de force, and it’s a matter of time before Gov. Rabbit-Ears shoots back at Kennedy with everything he’s got. As thin-skinned as Edwards is, this will ruin his day.