Here’s a feel-good story of Democrats not wanting to circle the wagons around another Democrat who has screwed up badly: Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans) has called on Troy Brown once again to resign following his no-contest plea on Wednesday.
Rep. Moreno first called upon Brown to step aside from his Senate seat after news broke of the second domestic abuse allegations. Fellow Democrats, Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Sen. JP Morrell of New Orleans, as well as Republicans like then-State Treasurer and now-U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and the state GOP, also called for Brown’s resignation at the time.
Following news of Brown’s no contest plea, Moreno on Thursday called again for his immediate resignation.
“We need lawmakers in the Legislature who will be champions for these women and, more broadly, live by and uphold Louisiana’s values,” she said. “It time we stand together – men, women, Republican, Democrat – and say that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
She is absolutely right – it is only proper for Brown to resign rather than face the potential shame of being suspended by the Senate, which is a thing that could happen to him.
As McKay put it yesterday, 38 hours isn’t much of a sentence for someone convicted of a second domestic violence crime. He’s got to lose something meaningful as proper punishment. That Senate seat is a great start.
Of course, it’s better if he resigns. Facing suspension in front of the state senate doesn’t guarantee he’d be suspended, as I don’t trust our senators at all at this point.
Something needs to happen. Let’s hope Brown does the honorable thing.