An Interesting Evening With The Old School Of Louisiana Politics

I’m going to break some confidences here, and probably lose some relationships that heretofore I would have called friendships. After some consideration, it occurs to me that I would much rather do a service to The Hayride’s readers, to whom I owe far more, than maintain a few confidences with people whom I trust in very, very small amounts. The subject is the toxicity of Louisiana politics, and the corrupt nature of some – and one in particular – of the players in it.

It starts with a party. Monday night was the Elephant Stomp, which is an event put on each year by the House Republican Delegation on an early-week night in the latter half of May – toward the end of the legislative session. I am a sometimes-attendee of the event; it’s usually a good time, though occasionally in my capacity as a critic of the goings-on in the legislature from a conservative standpoint the party can at times serve as an uncomfortable social venue.

That wasn’t the case this year. But when the soiree closed down at the Country Club of Louisiana a number of its attendees were looking for a place to convene for an after-party. I have no idea why I was part of that crowd; it was my plan to go home but for some reason, perhaps related to the fact I wasn’t driving and was therefore (1) less encumbered by the need to keep the intake of alcohol to a minimum and (2) much more susceptible to the concept of “going with the flow,” I didn’t go home when the Elephant Stomp was over.

As such, I ended up at a small event at the Pentagon Barracks, in the apartment of a member of the Louisiana legislature. As he did nothing untoward, I will not name that legislator – in fact, I appreciate his hospitality, as I’ve written things in the past uncomplimentary of him. That is part of the negative side of this job – one endeavors to be as candid and truthful as one can be in describing the events let loose by the political class, but these are people, and candid and truthful commentary often has negative effects on personal relationships with the subjects of that commentary.

I have never held that good relationships with large numbers of Louisiana’s legislators is crucial to our operation here. For the most part, our relationships with legislators and other politicians are “arm’s-length” at best – we have a small number of public officials who, over time, we’ve cultivated a relationship with based on trust because they’ve consistently shown themselves to be reliable conservatives and those who would stand upon principle. A politician not willing to stake his or her future on a stated set of beliefs is and always has been, for us, someone not worthy of cultivation as a source or an ally.

Louisiana has a very large number of those politicians. In the legislature they make up very near a majority.

Thus when I found myself at the Pentagon Barracks at a late-night get-together, I was confronted by Norby Chabert, the state senator from Houma. I have had relatively cordial relations with Chabert prior to Monday night; we have been at times critical of his voting record, with ample reason – last year he had a 51 score from LABI, while in 2015 he was a dreadful 34 – but it has never been a matter or personal animus. In the past we’ve disagreed with votes he’s made, and we’ve said so, and he has not made it personal.

For some reason, however, at the late-night Pentagon Barracks get-together on Monday night, Chabert decided the time was appropriate to attack on the issue of past Hayride writings – and specifically, favorable articles appearing on the site two years ago about a challenger to his Senate seat named Mike Fesi. I didn’t write those – if I recall they were Kevin Boyd’s posts – but Chabert jumped me over the fact that he’d done Google searches of his name and one or more of them showed up on the first page of the results, and he demanded I do something to change that.

My response was that if I could control how Google crawls The Hayride I would be considerably richer than I am, and the only way I know to change those search results is to delete those articles, which I would not do.

He didn’t buy that at all.

He proceeded to tell me that he knew I could “fix” those search results, and what we were talking about was my price for doing so. After all, he said, it was pretty obvious Fesi had paid us to get favorable coverage. And he said he wasn’t mad about that, because he knows that’s how the game works.

To be clear, that is not how this game works. It has never worked that way here at this site. It will never work that way here. I won’t say who but I was offered a $10,000 bribe by someone just last week to shut up about the gas tax bill. It’s been seven years of making a hell of a lot less than I’m worth doing this site – if I was for sale I could have been living a lot more comfortable life over the course of that seven years.

And furthermore, no money ever changed hands in any way between the Fesi camp and us. Often, political candidates (usually conservative Republicans) will advertise here – as you would expect them to given the reach and target market of our readership. What they buy is banner ads, not editorial space. Fesi bought neither.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here is a statement from Chris Comeaux, who was Fesi’s political consultant.

“The Mike Fesi campaign never advertised with The Hayride. We were satisfied when they wrote about Norby doing some of the most reckless things seen in recent history – like paying for a Christmas party for his bar – out of his campaign account. But we had no influence on The Hayride for writing about those things. Frankly, we were shocked that more news sites didn’t cover it.”

And by the way, nothing has changed where Chabert and his campaign account shenanigans, either. From his 2016 report, there was this…

ABEARS CAFE Houma LA Meals 10/6/2016 $58.68
ACADIAN DELEGATION Baton Rouge LA Dues 4/24/2016 $50.00
ACADIAN INSURANCE Houma LA Sponsorship 9/30/2016 $300.00
ADOBE BUSINESS CATALYST San Jose CA Website Design 3/21/2016 $419.88
ALBERTSONS Baton Rouge LA Senate Cookout 5/2/2016 $68.76
ALLEN AND NORMAN Houma LA Office Rent 1/4/2016 $3,000.00
AMERICAN LEGION Chauvin LA Sponsorship 9/27/2016 $150.00
AMERICAN MARINE & WIRE Chauvin LA Fundraising Expense 1/25/2016 $42.85
AMERICAN MARINE & WIRE Chauvin LA Fund Raising Expense 5/9/2016 $30.65
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Water 12/6/2016 $8.84
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Supplies – Water 6/14/2016 $17.68
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expenses – Water 7/5/2016 $8.84
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expenses – Water 8/2/2016 $33.84
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expenses – Water 9/2/2016 $8.84
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expenses – Water 10/4/2016 $8.84
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expense – Drinking Water 4/27/2016 $122.60
AQUIANA SPRINGS Belle Chase LA Office Expenses WAter 11/3/2016 $8.84
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 2/8/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 2/14/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 3/14/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 4/19/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 3/2/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 4/6/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 4/28/2016 $1,000.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 6/30/2016 $100.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 7/17/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 9/9/2016 $600.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 9/23/2016 $300.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 9/15/2016 $400.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 10/1/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 10/6/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 10/12/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 10/14/2016 $600.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 11/10/2016 $275.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 11/28/2016 $320.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 12/12/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 12/19/2016 $500.00
EUGENIA ARDOIN Houma LA Consulting 1/18/2016 $1,000.00
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 6/21/2016 $636.03
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 1/25/2016 $525.94
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 3/23/2016 $526.22
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 5/10/2016 $262.91
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 8/12/2016 $243.79
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 9/16/2016 $290.97
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 10/17/2016 $244.19
AT&T Atlanta GA Cell Phone Expense 11/21/2016 $446.58
AT&T Atlanta GA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 1/15/2016 $168.98
AT&T Atlanta GA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 2/15/2016 $172.78
AT&T Atlanta GA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 3/15/2016 $165.74
AT&T Atlanta GA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 4/22/2016 $264.83
AT&T Atlanta GA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 5/15/2016 $190.89
AZTECA’S Baton Rouge LA Meals 2/22/2016 $52.37
BERTINOT’S BEST BAKERY Houma LA Sponsorship 12/21/2016 $157.83
BRYSONS Houma LA Fuel 8/11/2016 $30.07
CAFE DOMINIQUE Houma LA Meals 4/18/2016 $101.77
CAJUN ENTERPRISES Houma LA Carnival Expenses 1/28/2016 $234.22
CAJUN MAGIC GAS STATION Houma LA Fuel 12/6/2016 $51.02
CAJUN MAGIC GAS STATION Houma LA Fuel 12/27/2016 $26.18
CASA Houma LA Sponsorship 11/15/2016 $100.00
CASTALANO’S DELI Houma LA Fundraising Expense 11/2/2016 $2,050.00
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS Bourg LA Cable 10/28/2016 $260.75
CHAUVIN BROTHERS Chauvin LA Fund Raising Expense 2/4/2016 $350.61
CHAUVIN SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB Chauvin LA Sponsorship 3/16/2016 $250.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 1/6/2016 $43.08
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 1/19/2016 $39.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 3/17/2016 $36.90
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 5/2/2016 $48.02
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 5/9/2016 $45.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff Fuel 5/13/2016 $26.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 5/23/2016 $33.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 6/20/2016 $39.48
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 8/5/2016 $50.47
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 8/25/2016 $49.14
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff Fuel 8/26/2016 $36.45
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 9/6/2016 $41.95
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff Fuel 9/19/2016 $30.06
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 9/21/2016 $44.22
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/10/2016 $32.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 11/14/2016 $37.38
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 11/21/2016 $36.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff Fuel 12/12/2016 $25.00
CHEVRON Concord CA Campaign Staff fuel 12/19/2016 $35.01
CHEVRON Concord CA Fuel 12/30/2016 $32.00
CITGO Houston TX Fuel 3/1/2016 $38.03
COASTAL BROADCASTING Larose LA Media 11/1/2016 $400.00
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 1/7/2016 $12.48
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 1/27/2016 $223.61
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 2/4/2016 $11.11
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 3/4/2016 $10.10
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 4/6/2016 $13.39
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 5/5/2016 $10.38
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 6/6/2016 $13.48
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 6/29/2016 $256.62
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 7/7/2016 $11.11
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 8/4/2016 $10.95
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 9/7/2016 $12.16
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 10/6/2016 $12.54
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 11/4/2016 $17.15
COASTAL COMMERCE BANK Houma LA Bank Service Charges 12/6/2016 $12.16
COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSN OF LA Baton Rouge LA Retreat 7/5/2016 $85.00
CONOCO PHILLIPS COMPANY Baton Rouge LA Fuel 11/29/2016 $45.97
CORNER STORE Houma LA Fuel 3/14/2016 $40.85
CORNER STORE Houma LA Fuel 4/8/2016 $22.04
CORPORATE WORX Houma LA Fundraising Expense 10/7/2016 $170.66
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 11/23/2016 $89.17
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 12/23/2016 $89.17
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 3/30/2016 $145.07
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 5/18/2016 $148.61
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 8/11/2016 $105.56
COX COMMUNICATIOS Atlanta GA Office Expenses – Cable 10/24/2016 $306.49
CRACKER BARRELL Gonzales LA Meals 2/23/2016 $20.02
CRISTIANO’S Houma LA Meals 1/22/2016 $55.45
CRISTIANO’S Houma LA Meals 9/20/2016 $56.41
CRISTIANO’S Houma LA Meals 11/23/2016 $36.52
CUSTOM INK Baltimore MD Fund Raising Expense 12/8/2016 $37.82
DOLLAR STORE Chauvin LA Office Expenses 8/9/2016 $18.98
BRAD DUPLANTIS Houma LA Fuel 10/7/2016 $200.00
EL PASO Houma LA Meals 3/2/2016 $56.67
EXXON MOBILE Houston TX Fuel 12/13/2016 $36.01
FACEBOOK Menlo Park CA Media 2/1/2016 $114.99
FACEBOOK Menlo Park CA Media 3/1/2016 $5.00
FINANCE AND SUPPORT UNIT Baton Rouge LA Pentagon Apartment Rent 2/1/2016 $740.00
FINANCE AND SUPPORT UNIT Baton Rouge LA Pentagon Apartment Rent 4/20/2016 $555.00
FINANCE AND SUPPORT UNIT Baton Rouge LA Pentagon Apartment Rent 11/28/2016 $1,295.00
FLETCHER CONSULTANTS Baton Rouge LA Consulting 1/5/2016 $3,857.00
FOUNDRY ON THE BAYOU Thibodaux LA Meals 9/20/2016 $122.00
FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL Larose LA Sponsorship 11/2/2016 $350.00
FRIENDS OF STHS Bourg LA Football Sponsorship 11/3/2016 $200.00
GOLFBALLS.COM Lafayette LA Fund Raising Expense 10/6/2016 $991.37
GOVERNOR’S MANSION Baton Rouge LA Christmas Party 12/15/2016 $125.00
HERBSAINT New Orleans LA Meals 10/28/2016 $104.49
HOTEL MONTELEONE New Orleans LA Lodging 9/21/2016 $816.72
HOUMA – TERREBONNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Houma LA Dues 9/30/2016 $200.00
HOUMA SIGN SERVICE Houma LA Fundraising Expense – Signage 10/7/2016 $795.60
HOUMA TERREBONNE CARNIVAL CLUB Houma LA Carnival Expenses 1/29/2016 $1,784.56
INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL OUTREACH Shreveport LA Sponsorship 4/12/2016 $500.00
JUBILEE Houma LA Fuel 3/11/2016 $21.41
JUBILEE Houma LA Fuel 4/4/2016 $36.84
JUBILEE Houma LA Fuel 12/20/2016 $51.00
L’AUBERGE DU LAC Lake Charles LA Lodging 8/29/2016 $159.50
LA CAPITOL FOUNDATION Baton Rouge LA Sponsorship 4/20/2016 $145.00
LA TOUR GOLF CLUB Mathews LA Fundraising Expense 10/7/2016 $7,731.32
LAVIS CONOCO Houma LA Campaign Vehicle Expense 11/1/2016 $184.26
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE WOMENS CAUCUS Baton Rouge LA Sponsorship 5/18/2016 $300.00
LOUISIANA RURAL CAUCUS Baton Rouge LA Dues 5/18/2016 $50.00
LOUISIANA SENATE Baton Rouge LA Lapel Pin 3/16/2016 $20.00
LOUSIANA OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION Shreveport LA Meals 2/8/2016 $22.50
LOWES Houma LA Fundraising Expense – Supplies 10/6/2016 $31.35
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 4/21/2016 $1,302.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Ticket Fee 4/22/2016 $1.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 4/22/2016 $1,287.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 5/3/2016 $1,326.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 6/3/2016 $605.05
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 7/1/2016 $590.03
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 7/14/2016 $379.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 8/2/2016 $607.92
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Tickets 9/8/2016 $3,244.00
LSU ATHLETICS Baton Rouge LA Ticket Fees 10/17/2016 $12.00
MANSURS ON THE BAYOU Baton Rouge LA Meals 11/21/2016 $159.10
EDMUND MARTIN Houma LA Contract Labor 10/7/2016 $200.00
MARTY J’S Baton Rouge LA Inauguration Party 1/12/2016 $468.70
MATHERNE’S SUPERMARKET Baton Rouge LA Senate Cook out 5/23/2016 $33.68
MATHERNE’S SUPERMARKET Baton Rouge LA Senate Cookout 2/17/2016 $74.33
MATHERNE’S SUPERMARKET Baton Rouge LA Senate Cookout 3/4/2016 $105.69
MORRISON TERREBONNE HOME CENTER Houma LA Office Supplies 8/10/2016 $41.88
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 1/5/2016 $51.89
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 1/14/2016 $45.45
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 1/20/2016 $25.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 1/27/2016 $31.67
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 2/1/2016 $46.76
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 2/9/2016 $38.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 2/16/2016 $30.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 2/24/2016 $39.15
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 3/2/2016 $44.58
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 3/7/2016 $48.67
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 3/15/2016 $30.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 3/21/2016 $39.87
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 3/29/2016 $53.89
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 4/5/2016 $38.98
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 4/11/2016 $41.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 4/18/2016 $32.75
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 4/26/2016 $25.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 5/1/2016 $41.00
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 5/17/2016 $36.89
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 5/30/2016 $38.23
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 5/12/2016 $33.30
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 6/2/2016 $36.78
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 6/10/2016 $32.42
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 6/16/2016 $37.79
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 6/20/2016 $33.08
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 7/3/2016 $39.95
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 7/16/2016 $38.25
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 7/23/2016 $41.79
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 7/27/2016 $22.36
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 8/2/2016 $50.10
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 8/16/2016 $37.62
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 8/22/2016 $29.73
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 9/7/2016 $32.08
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 9/11/2016 $35.06
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 9/17/2016 $32.02
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 9/23/2016 $37.34
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/1/2016 $39.20
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/6/2016 $39.56
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/15/2016 $23.79
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/19/2016 $27.74
MURPHY Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 10/28/2016 $30.00
MURPHY Houma LA Fuel 11/25/2016 $45.07
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS New Orleans LA Tickets 4/21/2016 $1,154.00
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Supplies 1/12/2016 $108.56
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Supplies 2/15/2016 $63.10
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Supplies 2/4/2016 $30.10
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Expenses 4/27/2016 $34.17
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Expenses 4/20/2016 $11.04
OFFICE DEPOT Houma LA Office Expenses 5/10/2016 $8.83
PALERMO RISTORANTE Baton Rouge LA Meals 11/30/2016 $168.80
PAPERLESS POST New York NY Postage 9/23/2016 $130.00
PEPPERS PIZZARIA Thibodaux LA Meals 10/10/2016 $29.24
PIGGLY WIGGLY Chauvin LA Sponsorship Chili Cook Off 1/25/2016 $217.57
PLANTATION GAS Houma LA Fuel 2/12/2016 $35.61
PLANTATION GAS Houma LA Fuel 1/28/2016 $17.79
PLANTATION GAS Houma LA Fuel 6/6/2016 $40.01
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 1/26/2016 $11.90
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 2/26/2016 $11.90
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 3/28/2016 $11.90
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 4/26/2016 $12.50
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 5/26/2016 $12.50
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 6/27/2016 $12.50
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 7/25/2016 $12.26
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 8/24/2016 $12.26
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 9/23/2016 $12.26
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 10/24/2016 $12.26
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 11/22/2016 $12.26
PRESS PLUS New York NY Houma Courier Subscription 12/22/2016 $12.26
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 1/11/2016 $31.00
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 3/21/2016 $38.49
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 3/25/2016 $38.67
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 4/18/2016 $40.93
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 5/16/2016 $38.00
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 6/27/2016 $44.02
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 9/19/2016 $35.09
RACETRACK Boutee LA Fuel 10/12/2016 $48.45
ROUSES Houma LA Cook Off Supplies 4/22/2016 $480.17
ROUSES Houma LA Cooking supplies donated -Rougaroo Festival 5/9/2016 $83.91
ROUSES Houma LA Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Flood Cooking 8/15/2016 $162.52
ROUSES Houma LA LSU Football Cookout 10/10/2016 $78.37
RUTH’S CHRIS Baton Rouge LA Meals 10/26/2016 $58.85
RUTH’S CHRIS Baton Rouge LA Meals 10/27/2016 $157.24
SAC-A-LAIT New Orleans LA Meals 10/20/2016 $193.54
SAMS Houma LA NSU Homecoming Cook out 10/24/2016 $140.17
SAMS Houma LA Food Supplies Donated to Rougaroo Festival 5/9/2016 $153.93
SAMS Houma LA Cook-off Supplies 3/14/2016 $347.63
SAMS Houma LA Fundraising Expense – Golf Tournament 10/7/2016 $1,358.09
SARAH’S DISCOUNT Houma LA Fuel 11/4/2016 $21.00
SENATE DINING ROOM Baton Rouge LA Meals 11/1/2016 $130.00
SENATE DINING ROOM Baton Rouge LA Meals 4/25/2016 $205.00
SHAMROCK Houma LA Campaign Staff Fuel 11/28/2016 $24.69
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 5/26/2016 $44.05
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 2/4/2016 $22.50
SHELL Houston TX Campaign Staff Fuel 1/11/2016 $31.46
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 1/14/2016 $20.01
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 4/1/2016 $43.78
SHELL Houston TX Campaign Staff Fuel 5/5/2016 $41.53
SHELL Houston TX Campaign Staff Fuel 5/25/2016 $43.26
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 6/9/2016 $52.49
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 7/27/2016 $29.99
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 8/3/2016 $30.86
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 9/1/2016 $53.19
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 9/29/2016 $30.08
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 10/7/2016 $30.01
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 10/17/2016 $33.41
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 10/25/2016 $52.05
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 10/31/2016 $35.00
SHELL Houston TX Campaign Staff Fuel 11/4/2016 $48.81
SHELL Houston TX Fuel 12/8/2016 $39.31
SHERATON New Orleans LA Lodging 10/28/2016 $517.95
STHS GATOR CLUB Bourg LA Sponsorship 4/20/2016 $100.00
BISHOP STUART Lafayette LA Golf Sponsorship 3/11/2016 $250.00
SULLIVANS Baton Rouge LA Meals 1/12/2016 $87.94
SULLIVANS Baton Rouge LA Meals 12/21/2016 $96.91
TERREBONNE ADVOCATES FOR POSSIBLILTY Chauvin LA Sponsorship 10/6/2016 $500.00
TEXACO Houma LA Fuel 11/9/2016 $53.95
THE LITTLE VILLAGE Baton Rouge LA Meals 12/16/2016 $152.10
ULTIMATE PARTY Houma LA Fundraising Expense 10/7/2016 $18.35
US POSTAL SERVICE Houma LA Postage 3/1/2016 $138.00
US POSTAL SERVICE Houma LA Postage 3/14/2016 $35.45
US POSTAL SERVICE Houma LA Postage 5/20/2016 $404.00
US POSTAL SERVICE Houma LA Postage 7/14/2016 $7.36
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 5/2/2016 $177.36
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 6/13/2016 $177.36
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 7/13/2016 $184.50
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 8/14/2016 $179.27
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 9/16/2016 $176.22
VERIZON Baton Rouge LA Campaign Staff Cell Phone Expense 10/17/2016 $173.97
VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA Baton Rouge LA Sponsorship 5/3/2016 $50.00
CRAIG  WEBRE Raceland LA Golf Sponsorship 10/12/2016 $600.00
MACK “BODI” WHITE Watson LA Donation 11/29/2016 $500.00
YOUR CLEANERS Houma LA Cleaning 4/4/2016 $34.90
YOUR CLEANERS Houma LA Cleaning 6/2/2016 $36.41

There’s a whole lot of questionable expenses in that report indicating Chabert is paying personal expenses out of his campaign account, just like Fesi accused him of doing back in 2015.

That’s why we favored Fesi over Chabert. We don’t like crooked politicians, we don’t like Democrats who slap an “R” next to their name in order to fool the voters into thinking they’re something they aren’t and we especially don’t like smarmy, entitled punks from old-school political dynasties who think everybody else is as bent as they are.

So when Chabert accused me of being for sale, I pointedly explained how off-base he was. And by pointedly, I mean I was actually pointing at him. Upon which time he grabbed my finger and tried to break it.

And when I yanked my hand back and told him this confrontation was going to escalate if he touched me again, he said I was “out of control.”

Were that true, I wouldn’t have done what I did, which was to leave. Even late at night in a place I had no business being in, somehow I managed to make a good decision. Had I done otherwise and this argument had escalated, you’d be reading in the Advocate about how Scott McKay in a drunken rage attacked a state senator in front of a bunch of witnesses and got himself hauled off to the parish prison, and I can reasonably safely predict that would have been the effective end of this site as a credible voice for conservatism in Louisiana.

So perhaps it was a minor miracle things turned out as they did.

I look at it as a wake-up call, and a reminder of something it’s easy to forget when you’re socializing with some of the state’s political swells. Louisiana’s state senator from the 20th district is a morally corrupt individual who believes everyone can be bought for the right price just as he can be, and he represents a brand of politics which is the reason this state is last in every category. Until that brand of politics is finally shown the gate, we will continue to be last in every category.

Word is that Chabert will run for the Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Scott Angelle, who just took a job in the Trump administration. If the people of south-central Louisiana allow him to win, it will be another nail in our political coffin. That was made very, very obvious to me late last night.

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