Two of the Louisiana House’s biggest RINOs duked it out on the House floor over a bill allowing women in prison to have unlimited tampons and placing restrictions on male guards in women’s prisons. State Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) and State Rep. Kenny Havard (R-St. Francisville) clashed over an amendment offered by Havard to SB 558 by State Sen. Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge).
The exchange ended with Stokes accusing Havard of being disrespectful to the women in the Louisiana Legislature. Havard then withdrew his amendment and voted for the bill.
The legislation also places restrictions on how male correctional officers interact with female prisoners — including not entering areas of a prison where women might be in a state of undress and announcing their presence before they go into a female dormitory. On this point, Havard had an objection.
Havard drafted an amendment that would have made the same restrictions apply to women correctional officers that work in male prisons. […]
But the women in the House chamber were upset that Havard had chosen this particular piece of legislation — which is meant to address safety and hygiene issues in women’s prisons — to make a point about political correctness in the media.
“Rep. Havard, have you ever been a woman?” said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner.
“It depends. I was one at Halloween one time,” said Havard.
After a peel of laughter from the House members, Stokes continued.
“There are some vulnerabilities that women have that men don’t have,” Stokes said.
“Tell me what they are because I thought we were all equal,” Havard replied.
Stokes ended her comments by saying: “In my opinion, you are disrespecting women.”
A few moments later, Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, asked Havard: “Do you know how many women have been raped in prison?”
Havard responded that men are also raped in prison, which sparked some scattered laughter on the House floor. Havard then ended up withdrawing his amendment a few minutes later.
We get Havard’s point with his amendment. Havard, along with the Louisiana Department of Corrections brass, believes that there are too many female prison guards and not enough male guards. They’re probably right on this issue.
Nor is Havard’s amendment all that offensive. It is certainly an idea that deserves to be debated.
But there is a time and place for everything. This was not the time or the place for such an amendment.
As for the RINO slapping match that took place between Havard and Julie Stokes, the two things are simultaneously true.
- Kenny Havard quit being a serious legislator a long-time ago. He now specializes in buffoonery and grandstanding instead of actually doing his job. His remarks were crass and idiotic and had no place on the floor of the Louisiana House.
- On the other hand, Julie Stokes is an SJW drama queen who likes to play the gender card. She’s a younger version of Hillary Clinton. Havard’s remarks were idiotic and crass, but they were not sexist. If she can’t handle Kenny Havard, how the hell will she be able to do her job as Louisiana Secretary of State.
If this sounds familiar, it does. Havard similarly made an ass of himself back in 2016 when he offered up a poison pill amendment to a bill that raised the minimum age for stripping in Louisiana. Havard’s amendment set a maximum age and weight requirement for strippers. Julie Stokes and others blasted the amendment as sexist and Havard pulled the amendment and voted for the bill.
Late last year, Havard was implicated in a coup attempt instigated by Governor John Bel Edwards to remove Taylor Barras as Speaker of the Louisiana House. He resigned as House Transportation Committee chairman in March to fight for tax hikes.