Gordon Russell brings us news today that Greg Meffert paid a bodygaurd/welder/fencer/yacht interior designer/wifi technician 170,000 post-K city dollars in 2005 alone. He was making $75.28/hour and registering hundreds of hours of overtime. As Russell points out...that's more than our Police Cheif makes. Hell, I think thats more than our Governor makes.
Meffert provided his typical response...he lied. He claimed the man, Jimmy Goodson, a former welding instructor at Louisiana Technical College, was "Never my driver". Russell then goes on to interview former Nagin communications director, Sally Forman, and others who confirm Goodson was indeed serving as some kind of hybrid driver/bodyguard/personal assisstant.
Meffert commented on Russell reporting on the story, "If this is what makes front-page news now with everything else that's going on, you guys need to go all Anna Nicole or something," he said by e-mail. "Unbelievable."
What's unbelievable is that he doesn't think funneling 170k in city funds to a fucking bodyguard is a problem.
In the WWL radio interview, Meffert said people are painting him to be a Tony Soprano. Truth be told, I think he views himself that way, not the TP or anyone else. Why the fuck would a city CTO need a bodygaurd? I can understand it right after the storm...maybe. I really think this guy thinks he's some kind of mafia don.
Also..he keeps saying "with everything else that's going on in this city...why are you coming after me?" If you know about "stuff going on" Greg, why don't you inform of us of it? If you're an ethical guy why don't you spill the beans and help root out corruption in the city?