Editor’s Note: A guest post from Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell), one of the authors of a resolution to expel embattled Sen. Troy Brown (D-Napoleonville) from the body.
Isn’t it time we in Louisiana raise the standards of what we expect from our elected officials? As a State Senator, I take the trust placed in me by my constituents very seriously.
For far too long we have been tolerant of elected leaders who have embarrassed our great state with acts of corruption, scandal and disregard for the very citizens they were chosen to represent. Any time an elected official breaks the law, it erodes the public’s trust in all elected leaders.
I believe that we should change this narrative by holding our elected leaders accountable for their actions, particularly those that make them ineffective in serving their constituents.
State Sen. Troy Brown, who has been arrested and pled guilty twice in the last year for domestic violence, has failed his constituents and embarrassed our state. Sen. Brown not only damaged his own credibility through his actions, but he also rendered his position in the Senate ineffective. After his first offense, the Senate President removed Sen. Brown from all four of his Senate committees, leaving him literally unable to fulfill his elected duties.
Sen. Brown’s personal and public crises only serve to underline a simple fact: It is time we set a new, higher standard for Louisiana political leaders. If we want the nation and world to view our amazing, beautiful, unique state the same way we do, we must get serious about rooting out the corruption and controversy that has muddied our good name for years. For this reason, I will be fighting for a resolution to expel Sen. Brown from the Senate and to close this embarrassing chapter once and for all.
Together, we can set a new standard in our state, one which will say loud and clear that there is zero tolerance for unethical and illegal behavior from our elected leaders.