After taking on the Cedric Richmond story I've been writing about for the past several months, I've found myself on the other side of the democratic party. I'd be lying if I said that doesn't bother me in some respect, but I didn't start this blog to promote my partisan ideology, I started it to focus on corruption issues primarily in New Orleans and occasionally on the state and even national level. While I don't have the resources of a mainstream media outlet, I have striven to tell the truth, as I see it, in every story I've written regardless of my personal partisan bias or even my personal biases in specific. I'm not perfect but I've done my best.
In regards to Richmond, I truly believe everything I have written and I've been careful not to write about the allegations against him of which I am unsure. I still believe that he purchased a diamond bezel for a Rolex watch with non-profit funds....which was my exact allegation as opposed to the allegation the Times Picayune attributed to me. I spent a lot of time researching the NOCE/NOCAP issues and I find it somewhat amazing that the numerous issues I brought up with these entities were overlooked and discredited by not just the TP, but other media sources in the city based on Richmond (not Jack Sutton) producing an invoice which states he purchased A Rolex in 2007. Even after Sutton originally told me and at least one other reporter that he had located the invoice from 2002. He told us more than once. I also find it amazing that none of these media outlets are concerned that there is public record missing from the DA's office and the Criminal Clerk of Court regarding the NOCE case...I guess that's "not news" as I was told by a reporter who interviewed me regarding the story.
Regardless, I believe everything I wrote to be true and I think the documentation I provided on NOCE and NOCAP warrants your (AZ readers) inspection and consideration as citizens and voters.
Having said that, I want to address a series of posts made this past week on the Louisiana Democratic blog, The Daily Kingfish.
The first one is a commentary, LA-2: An open letter to "Democrats for Cao" (if they really do exist).
Look, I get it. Your candidate didn’t win the primary. You are upset. But you need to realize what is truly at stake in this election.
With all due respect....no.....I don't think you do get it. (although I am not a "Dem for Cao")
So respectfully – GET OVER IT.
And look, the people who are pushing you… who are bringing up all these rumors attacking Representative Richmond – I think you should ask yourself – What is fueling them? Could it be cold hard cash?
The DK goes on to attack Cheron Brylski , a paid political consultant who is on Cao's payroll. While I find it ironic the DK is attacking Brylski for performing paid political services, I want to point out that she isn't the only one putting Richmond under the microscope. I am, Slabbed is, and we are not getting paid by the Republican party or Joseph Cao. I'm not sure what SOP's political affiliations are, but I don't think it's skewed his pursuit of corruption in Jefferson Parish, nor do I believe my political affiliation has skewed my research in Orleans.
I believe both Slabbed and AZ are writing these stories because we do, in fact, understand what is at stake...we understand that corruption has destroyed our community for decades and if we are to move forward we have to bring it to an end. I, for one, believe that issue transcends partisanship. And while I am concerned about the national political scene, I am most concerned about my immediate community and I will not resort to Machiavellian logic at any expense. In fact, I've always associated that philosophy to Republicans as opposed to Democrats...it's one of the reasons I consider myself a Democrat.
So as to who is bringing up all these "rumors" attacking Representative Richmond....I would be one of them and cold hard cash is not something I've seen a lot of lately.