I just heard an amusing/disturbing/unconfirmed story.
Previous to making her decision not to run for a second term, Governor Blanco was summoned by the top Democratic movers and shakers in the state to discuss her future and the plans for the party in the upcoming election.
As the meeting progressed she was told by the majority of these PowerDems that they would not support her run for a second term. This was no surprise to her, or anyone with half a brain.
She then responded with a rather curious question. Having approximately 2 million dollars in her current campaign war chest, she queried, "If I pay taxes on the money....can I keep it?" The response was reportedly a mixture of shock, disgust, and uneasy laughter....finally someone replied, "Yeah....if you want to go to jail."
Say it ain't so, Joe....say it aint so.
I don't really know how I feel about this. The first question I have is what does happen to that money. It's obvious her political career is kaput. So where does the money go? To Breaux's campaign? Does it default to the next Democratic candidate? Does she have the right to gift the money to the candidate of her choosing? What is the legality in this situation?
On a personal note, I worry about MeeMaw. The insider who relayed the story suggested that her role as governor has not proven to be a financial boon for her as one might expect when looking at previous Gubner's of da Gret Stet. I'm not sure if this is a testament to her honesty and integrity or an indicator of how piss poor our state is. I think her annual salary is about 140k, so I can't feel completely sorry for her, but the source said she is seriously concerned about her financial welfare once the U-Haul pulls up to the Governor's Mansion. Doesn't she get some kind of pension? Can she apply for a Road Home grant?
Now I can't completely verify that this story is true (I think the source is pretty credible)....but it's got me worried about her. I really like Kathleen, despite her less than sterling performance in crisis mode. I'm thinking about creating a MeeMaw retirement website and setting up a PayPal account to take donations for her. I'd like to picture her sipping toddies on the porch of a Lafeyette chateau overlooking the Vermilion the rest of her days. Now I have a nightmare of her being stuck in a retirement home in Chalmette and being abandoned during the next hurricane. I was thinking about buying a modular house...maybe I can have a modular mother-in-law apartment built along with it and I'll put her up with me. We can drink Abita's and reminisce about the Poverty summit and life in the pre-K....man, those were the days.
Don't worry MeeMaw...I got your back.