State Sen. Troy Brown (D-Geismar) is going to face an expulsion motion during the special session that starts tonight. State Sen. Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell) and State Sen. Dan Claitor (R-Baton Rouge) have filed the motion. It will take 26 senators to remove Brown from office.
Two Louisiana state senators plan to try to expel a colleague, Troy Brown, from the Senate now that the Napoleonville Democrat has pleaded no contest to two separate charges of domestic abuse in the past year. Sens. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, and Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, will file a resolution to kick Brown out of the Senate when the Legislature’s special session convenes Monday (Feb. 13), Claitor said.
“I believe we have the 26 votes we need” to expel Brown, said Claitor, who has been calling senators to round up support in advance of introducing the resolution.
Brown has vowed to fight any effort to suspend or expel him, his colleagues say. Through a text message, he told The Times-Picayune that he has retained Baton Rouge lawyer Jill Craft to represent him and directed inquiries to her.
In a statement sent to The Hayride, Hewitt believes that moving to expel Brown from the state senate is the beginning of setting new standards for Louisiana’s elected officials. “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.” said Hewitt.
Since Brown’s conviction for domestic violence last year, Senate President John Alario stripped Brown of all his committee assignments. Hewitt points out in her statement that Brown cannot properly represent his constituents.
Despite calls for him to resign from everyone from Governor Edwards to his colleagues, Brown refuses to do so.