U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham

 

 

 

 

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A comparison between incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) and
challenger U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-Mangham)

 

        
2015 "kill shot" commercial of candidate John Bel Edwards (D) against U. S. Sen. David Vitter (R).

 

In the waning days of the 2015 campaign for Governor of Louisiana, then-Rep. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) aired the preceding commercial touting how the "choice for Governor could not be more clear."

 

The table below demonstrates how the same holds true for the 2019 race for Louisiana Governor, and that choice is clear:  Republican U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham:

 




Criterion Under Consideration
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D)

 

 

Louisiana U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham (R)

 

Political Experience
Louisiana State Representative, 2008 - 2016.
Governor of Louisiana, 2016 - present.



United States Congressman, 2015 - present.

Vocation outside politics
Trial lawyer.




Veterinarian and physician.



Use of office to benefit members of his private vocation?

As per this excellent feature by WWL and the New Orleans Advocate, YES!  David Hammer reports that Edwards, "hired top campaign donors (including his Super PAC head, T. Taylor Townsend), to sue the oil and gas industry!"  With oil prices now crashing down to below $50/barrel, how's that for throwing out a "welcome mat" to revive the struggling Houma/Thibodaux/Morgan City/Acadiana area economies?








No, furthermore, as demonstrated in the above one-minute video, Abraham comments on the "devastating" impact associated with Edwards' cabal of lawyers suing oil and gas companies with operations in Louisiana.
Military experience?

Yes.  Graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army.  Commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Yes.  First Lieutenant with the 20th SFG Airborne Division of the Army National Guard from 1986 - 1989 and a current fixed-wing and helicopter pilot flying reconnaissance missions for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Exploited alma mater / military service for political purposes?

YES!  Ad nauseam in 2015 campaign as evidenced by the above 10-second video.


No.

Appoint convicted felons?

As per this Advocate feature, not only will he, but he'll even go out of his way in abusing his pardoning authority to appoint such a felon!


No.
Deceive senior citizens?

As per this Advocate feature, AARP says he has done just that!  Nursing home lobby too hard to say no to, perhaps?


On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Gov. Edwards was asked to comment on his apparent walking away from his promise to Louisiana's senior citizens entailing a preference they may have for home health managed care vs. nursing homes.  Gov. Edwards' response is provided below:


Gov. Edwards on home health managed care vs. nursing homes.





No.
Threaten senior citizens?  

As per this WWL feature, his doing so (via sending out thousands of potential eviction notices to nursing home residents) "started a panic" among Louisiana's elderly nursing home residents.



Furthermore, Edwards' Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne, in the video above, reiterated long after the threat that the Edwards administration "would do it again."



No.
Award lucrative state contracts to family members of folk under FBI investigation?   

As per this Advocate article, YES!  Merely being under FBI investigation seems to matter little to Gov. Edwards when it comes to contract awards.


   
No.
Hire high-level staffer with a KNOWN PAST HISTORY of sexual harassment?

YES, according to this Times Picayune article!  Apparently, Anderson's past history at Southern University, which was readily available to Edwards and included sexual harassment claims by nine (9) women, meant little to him!



No.
Point-blank lied?  (e.g. "I will not pay my cabinet members the same exorbitant salaries of my predecessor")?

As per this Picayune article, he kept those same salaries; moreover, the reality is that the salaries of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne exceed the "exorbitant" salaries paid by Jindal!!!




Furthermore, even with the high-flying salaries of Edwards' key folk, as per this Advocate article, Edwards saw fit to bestow "hefty" (32%) raises for his LSP Col. Mike Edmonson and other top officials!

Edwards' appointment of Dardenne alone resulted in a $615,000 increase in the State's Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL); however, Dardenne, when confronted on the subject matter, said:


Dardenne:  "Governor wanted best possible person for the job, and that's what he got."



No.
Made illegal appointment?  

According to Attorney General Jeff Landry, who already has three courtroom victories in direct litigation with Edwards (authority over hiring attorneys for boards and commissions, legacy lawsuits, LGBT bathroom use), YES!  As long as an appointee made by the proper authority criticizes Governor Edwards' criminal justice reform package, EVEN IF HE IS A SHERIFF, Edwards is alleged to be willing to violate Louisiana's Constitution and remove him and appoint whomever he wants.  Note:  Other litigation has been filed by whistleblower Cathy Derbonne entailing similar actions on the Louisiana State Police Commission.
 


No.
Made appointment who point-blank stole from Louisiana taxpayers?  
 




YES! WAFB (Channel 9 in Baton Rouge) would not mention the fact that the issuer of $175,000 in hot checks was one of Edwards' appointees to the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board, Jacob Brown (son of CONVICTED FELON Cecil Brown -- of the Edwin Edwards era).  Furthermore, in its feature just linked, WAFB merely referred to Brown's victim as "the customer" without identifying that "customer" as the taxpayers of Louisiana, which it is!  For the record, Brown also stiffed private auction clients as well!  Furthermore, Brown used the taxpayer money he allegedly stole TO FUND HIS OWN DRUG HABIT!




No.
Rescind appointment of Louisiana's ONLY African American auctioneer to appoint the drug-addicted, alleged thief Brown above?    
YES, and that only African American auctioneer, Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips, in the brief one-minute video above, directly voices his displeasure to Edwards over that action.



No.
Appoint twice-charged DWI offender who was also sued by the Louisiana Board of Ethics?   

YES, as readily demonstrated by this feature (which includes blown-up copies of the DWI charges and ethics suit).



No.
Conceal FOR OVER A YEAR a damning LSP report of blatant abuse of power (again entailing DWI)? 
YES, according to this feature by Fox 8's Lee Zurik.


No.
Appoint LSP Colonel who resigned in disgrace? 

YES, as evidenced by this Advocate feature. 


Furthermore, as depicted in the video above, Edwards admitted 18 months before being elected Governor of Louisiana (but as an announced candidate for Governor) that, as a sitting State Representative, Edmonson had duped him by inserting a provision in an unrelated bill that would boost Edmonson's retirement by $55,000/year.



No.
Appoint LSP Colonel for whom helicopter travel undergoes FBI probe? 

YES, as evidenced by this Advocate feature.
 

No.
Appoint LSP Colonel who would approve of and openly encourage his entourage to LIVE IT UP at taxpayer expense in Las Vegas in route to San Diego

YES, as evidenced by this Advocate article.


No.
Attempt to rewrite Louisiana's Constitution to benefit transgendered folk regarding using the restroom of their choosing?   

YES!  As demonstrated by this Times Picayune article, and that represents just one of three Louisiana Supreme Court losses by Edwards at the hands of AG Jeff Landry.




No.  Furthermore, his views on the matter are articulated in the preceding brief video clip.
Appoint tax commissioner who'd not paid his taxes for 30 years? 

YES, as evidenced by this excellent Fox8 feature.



No.
Accept illegal campaign contributions from people who would thereafter have to resign in disgrace for having made the contributions?

YES, as per this Advocate feature.

No.
Have a sheriff as his brother whose office was raided by the FBI, who immediately declared that office a "crime scene."   

YES, as per this Advocate feature.



No.
Appointee resign after damning internal audit report alleging taxpayer funds used for personal benefit? 

YES,
as evidenced by this Advocate feature. 



No.
Point-blank lied?  (e.g. "I will not raise taxes on individuals or businesses")?  
YES, as evidenced by the preceding 10-second video clip.





No.  Furthermore, Abraham takes Edwards to task for his deceit regarding his emphatic statement that he would not raise individual or business taxes on the above brief video clip.

 

To avoid criticism (we believe unjustified and without foundation) of, "Well, that came from a blogger," with the exception of the Terrance Lockett entry above (no mainstream media outlet reported on it), this website relied EXCLUSIVELY upon mainstream media reports, though we did supplement the WAFB feature on Jacob Brown since they saw fit to ignore the fact that he was an Edwards appointee who has allegedly stolen from Louisiana taxpayers. 

 

One final thought:

 

Cathy Derbonne, former Executive Director of the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC), informed Edwards' administration that, just as Attorney General Jeff Landry references above regarding Edwards having flagrantly violated Louisiana's Constitution on the Red River Water Commission, he was doing so on the LSPC as well. 

 

What was her reward for attempting to ensure that Gov. Edwards follow Louisiana's Constitution in making his appointments?

 

According to her civil lawsuit, the Edwards administration told her to "shut the f--- up!"  One typically doesn't see the sort of detailed coverage regarding material such as a Governor's Office allegedly telling a whistleblower to "shut the f--- up" in the mainstream media (funny how they can so readily overlook such a detail, huh?).  Instead, to get those types of alleged traits and activities of Gov. Edwards and his administration, that's left to the oft-trivialized bloggers to point out.  Accordingly, many voters visiting this webpage may wish to supplement their news coverage over this 2019 election year by visiting conservative blogs such as Sound Off Louisiana, run by one of those lowly bloggers, Robert Burns, who is an inactive CPA and former fraud investigator with the Federal government.

 

Derbonne further alleges that Edwards' appointees actively orchestrated a plot to have her fired over her whistleblowing actions.  As a result, she states that she "reluctantly resigned" under intense pressure (applied by the head of Gov. Edwards' Super PAC, T. Taylor Townsend).

 

Far more details and examples of Gov. Edwards' shortcomings are readily available at the following website:

 

JBEfraud

 

So, in conclusion, we concur with Governor Edwards' 2015 assessment that, "the choice for Louisiana Governor couldn't be more clear," and, in 2019, for the reasons referenced above, we believe that clear choice is.........

 


U. S. Congressman Ralph Abraham

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to view this website, and don't forget to go vote on October 12, 2019!