This is a developing situation, and we’ll be updating it continuously as we learn more. But in a series of events which went almost completely unreported and unknown throughout the weekend’s SRLC doings, it appears that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief fundraiser Alexandra “Allee” Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown were severely beaten in the French Quarter after a fundraiser Friday night. The Times-Picayune reports the indicent thusly:
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief campaign fund-raiser is recovering from injuries she suffered in a Friday night altercation with a group of people in the French Quarter, the governor’s office said Monday.
Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion and a fractured nose and jaw in the incident, which happened after a fundraising event at Brennan’s Restaurant on behalf of the Louisiana Republican Party on Friday evening.
Jindal was at the fund-raising event at the restaurant, but was not present when the incident occurred.
Kyle Plotkin, a Jindal spokesman, said Bautsch had surgery during the weekend and is facing a recovery time of two to three months.
“NOPD is investigating the incident and we are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done,” Plotkin said. “Our prayers are with Allee. She is a strong person and we are sure she will make a speedy recovery.”
Plotkin said the governor’s office isn’t going to issue anything else on the incident. And the Picayune had zero on the story until this afternoon; Jan Moller’s piece was date-stamped at 2:47 p.m. WDSU-TV has a shorter piece on it dated at 4:41 p.m. without any additional information.
And then along comes this to our e-mail box this afternoon:
Villere Hosts Jindal, Perry and Barbour
Chairman Villere-Hosted Event Brings Together Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi Governors in New Orleans
(Baton Rouge) – Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger F. Villere, Jr. hosted an event Friday night which brought together Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The event, in New Orleans, was seen as a highlight of a successful weekend in which Villere and Louisiana Republicans brought in national and regional Republican colleagues to discuss a wide range of Party and political issues.
“We have a great relationship with our neighboring Governors in Texas and Mississippi. Governor Jindal and I were honored to have their support at this event. As always, Governor Jindal brings excitement and energy to our efforts to move Louisiana forward. I am deeply grateful to Governor Jindal for all his dedication and support to this movement,” stated Villere.
“Together with Governor Jindal, Governor Perry and Governor Barbour, I confirmed my commitment to lead the fight against outrageous government intrusion into our vital healthcare decisions, personal lives and our pocketbooks. Our national government is on an out of control spending spree using everyone’s hard earned tax dollars and the Washington politicians are using it more and more to control the choices Americans can make with their own money,” added Villere.
And then there’s this report, which details a bunch of left-wing goons who protested outside of the event:
Anarchists took to the streets in New Orleans on Friday to protest the SRLC, marching to the Hilton Hotel, where a banner was hanging from the roof which said “We won’t pay for their crisis. Become the crisis!” —- The march then headed to Brennan’s Restaurant, where a $10,000 a plate SRLC dinner was in progress. Brennan’s is notorious as the largest donor to the LA Restaurant Association, which sued to block a $1 minimum wage raise that was approved by voters in New Orleans in 2002. —- Protesters marched against traffic and lost the police on the way, and attempted to storm the restaurants doors after chants echoed off the walls in the narrow French Quarter streets. The police arrived just as people started to stream through the doors and they pushed everyone back outside. SRLC delegates were forced to walk a gauntlet of protesters chanting “they say cut backs, we say fight back!” as they exited the restaurant.
Eventually the march headed back to the Hilton and chanted “Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay, Right Wing Bigots Go Away” to the delegates entering and exiting the hotel before dispersing.
The march included brass bands, students from UNO, healthcare workers fighting to re-open Charity Hospital, and people angry about a bunch of racist, fascist bigots coming to New Orleans after their leaders drowned it only 4 years ago. New Orleans is still badly damaged from the hurricane, and the GOP should be ashamed to come party on top of its ruins while we still struggle to recover. Their arrogance and wealth is only fuel to stoke our fires of anger at the injustice and deprivation we live through every day.
From the AP:
About 200 to 250 people marched on the hotel where the Southern Republican Leadership Conference met Friday, chanting slogans against Louisiana’s Republican governor and the health care and education cuts in his proposed budget.
They chanted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Bobby Jindal has got to go!” Several said they planned to protest outside the hotel where the governor was holding a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser.
Outside the Hilton hotel, some people wearing tags identifying them as delegates walked past as if they didn’t see the group or hear the tubas, trombones, trumpets, saxophone and drums playing a repetitive riff. Others were irritated or amused.
“This is good! They even have a good sound track!” said delegate Sarah Harper Scott of Augusta, Ga. She had come out with several friends to take pictures of the motley group clustered on a corner across from the hotel.
“Normally I protest. I don’t get protested against,” she said.
Kathy Hildebrand of Snelville, Ga., was less amused. “They want our money but they don’t want us,” she said, noting that one big banner read “Republicans Geaux Home.”
The protesters included doctors and other workers at free clinics in the city and students and professors at the University of New Orleans. Signs included “Save UNO” and “Stop Jindal. Save healthcare” and “Tax the rich — stop the budget cuts.”
Lucy Tierney said she came from Slidell because she’s opposed to tearing down a Mid-City neighborhood to build a replacement for the old Charity Hospital.
Michaela O’Connor Bono said the signs about state budget cuts obscured the main point. “We’re here because the Republicans are here,” she said.
“To me, the most awful thing is that Jindal is holding a $10,000-per-plate dinner. That’s despicable” at a time when people can’t get jobs or health care, she said.
No official report has yet made it into the public record that what happened to Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown was as a result of those protestors either storming the doors or demonstrating outside of that restaurant – but that is precisely what the word on the street is at present. We’re continuing to work on the story, and will have updates throughout the night as we learn more.