TO SHREVEPORTERS WHO OPPOSE CORRUPTION, THANK YOU, AGAIN
Sunday, May 19, 2019 … 7:00 P.M.
I spent time this week with another lifelong resident of Shreveport working to confirm corruption involving Adrian Perkins during his campaign last year. If the two of us, plus a corruption-hating government official or two, succeed, this work may prove consequential.
Such anti-corruption work is nothing new to me, but it certainly is to most people, including this person who stepped-up and reached out to me.
Doing such work is risky, to put it mildly. Corrupt pols here in Shreveport succeed … almost without fail … no matter their lawlessness.
Well aware of that fact, this person, who seeks nothing in return, is stunned enough by the pervasiveness of corruption to take it on … to report what happened … and who participated.
Almost five months (which seem like five years) have passed since Mayor Perkins was elected, and I am included among those who believe he is yet another blow to be suffered by honest Shreveporters.
Even before the smoke cleared on his election campaign, Perkins had already paid $24,950 to the spouse of infamous City Hall player Lynn Braggs, and $14,000 to the spouse of City Council Chairman Jerry Bowman, Jr. (Since, Bowman has openly cast his Council votes for Perkins.)
Too, the day before Perkins swore his Oath of Office, he approved actions which left the City uninsured in various ways by dumping its long-time insurance agent and provider in favor of a new company linked to his campaign manager.
Now, five months later, Perkins’ self-serving ball-drops continue, non-stop.
Most recently, the mayor used a reassignment / demotion to basically force Assistant City Attorney Karen Strand to resign. He succeeded, and now Shreveport is left with a City Attorney who has already demonstrated her allegiance to Perkins rather than shared allegiance to both the mayor and City Council … as the City Charter directs.
Perhaps worse, we also suffer the ill-effects of Perkins’ loudly whispered practice of lying. According to sources directly involved, that is particularly destructive in conducting city business.
One example is current and incontrovertible.
When Perkins came up $40,000 short in paying his “transition” expenses, he asked the City Council for public money to pay them. To get it, he openly lied to the City Council in its public meeting by saying former Mayors Ollie Tyler and Cedric Glover did the same.
Just after the Council voted against Perkins’ request, both Tyler and Glover publicly refuted his supposed facts: neither of them used public money for those purposes.
Some are beginning to wonder aloud if the mayor’s admitted “medical disability,” which he refuses to identify, is somehow at issue. (The City Charter explicitly details effects of a mayor’s “incapacitation.”)
Given such facts, I completely understand why an increasing number of Shreveporters express hopelessness for its future.
To me, hope rests with the 36% who rejected voting for Perkins. I thank each and every one of you, again. Rest assured that our number has grown.
In particular, however, I thank the one who reached out to me those few days ago.
Ironically, it is the very openness of local corruption which logically provokes witnesses. Responsible authorities may then discover precisely what we know.
There has never been a more crucial time for us to report it.
© 2019 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED