Early voting began yesterday in Kenner and there were glitches at Jefferson Parish polling stations. Far be it from me to toss out conspiracy theories but, the JP Registrar of Voters, Dennis DeMarco, is a Democrat and a Yenni Acolyte (which means he is also a Zahn supporter). I’m relatively certain that, if he could do anything to help Lil Ben, including suppressing Democratic votes that might help Greg Carroll, DeMarco would.do it in a heartbeat
It’s a good thing I’m not into the conspiracy theory game, right?
The fact is, DeMarco should have retired (or been forced to) years ago. But that would require him to get his snout out of the public trough. And, we know folks like DeMarco won’t do that without a fight.
Since this is also a Presidential Election, more people will be voting for Kenner Mayor than ever before. Many will be voting for Kenner Mayor for the first time. While I never tell anyone who to vote for, since the Kenner Mayoral election is particularly important, I am going to tell you who I will be voting for.
In my opinion (and, if you’re reading this you either appreciate my opinions or you think I’m full of crap – like Ben Zahn, who you are most likely supporting), even with 5 candidates and the most crowded Mayoral election in over 10 years, the choice for Kenner Mayor is clear.
After almost a year of “Acting Mayor” Mike Sigur - - - sorry but I still can’t say that without laughing out loud; 5 years of the professional (and now personal) disgrace that is Jefferson Parish’s Sexual Predator-In-Chief Mike Yenni; and 4 years of Yenni as Kenner CAO (primarily to poke Ed Muniz whenever Ed nodded off), the next Mayor of Kenner will serve for about a year and a half before we start this process all over again.
Even though it’s just for a year and a half, your vote for Kenner Mayor is important. Whether you support Trump or Clinton; Kennedy, Boustany, Fleming, Campbell, Fayard. Maness or another U.S. Senatorial candidate NOT named Duke; please consider carefully who you believe has the most integrity (something that has been sorely lacking in Kenner politics) and who will do the best job. I have and my choice is listed below.
If you didn’t have an opportunity to read my profiles of the 5 Mayoral candidates, here’s the “Reader’s Digest” version.
Ben Zahn – Ben Zahn is a pathological liar who will do anything and say anything to get elected. He has lied to the media on multiple occasions (and the media has never called him on it), lied to the people of Kenner on multiple occasions, and sued me twice (he lost both times) to stop me from telling the truth. He has been planning his coronation to Mayor for years. He was reelected to the Kenner City Council in 2010, and quit on his constituents to job hop to the JP Council in 2011. He ran without opposition in 2015, and now wants to quit that job (again) to job hop back to Kenner. Zahn has no experience running an entity even remotely close to size of the City of Kenner and it’s $50 Million + budget.
Zahn is a disciple of Aaron Broussard, and took over $50,000 from Broussard’s campaign account for “flowers”, despite Broussard being a Democrat and Zahn being an unlicensed florist.
Zahn is a Yenni Acolyte. He supported Yenni’s plan to double property taxes and he was a 110% Yenni voter on the Council. His top JP Council Aide is Mike Yenni’s former Driver (I wonder how many times he drove Yenni to a school playground so Yenni could drool over young boys or how many times he drove Yenni for a sexual liason).
Zahn has been a close confidant of Yenni’s for over 10 years. Among the many things the two share are campaign contributors and their campaign manager, the PuppetMaster himself, Greg Buisson.
The bottom line is, when Yenni is recalled, all of Yenni’s political appointees in JP will be looking for a new space at the public trough and they will readily find one in a Zahn Administration.
Zahn has been on the Kenner or JP Council for the past 10 years. Before you vote For Ben Zahn, ask yourself: what has Ben Zahn done for Kenner?
Yeah, I don’t know either.
A vote FOR Ben Zahn is a defacto vote FOR Mike Yenni. That’s what happens when you spend 10 years in Mike Yenni’s filthy pocket.
Maria DeFrancesch – As I wrote previously, I’ve tried really hard to like Maria DeFrancesch. Sadly, she has become like a peeping Tom – she’s always there, lurking, but she never really does anything.
Like Zahn, DeFrancesch has been on the Kenner City Council for the past 10 years. She ran unopposed for Council-At-Large in 2014 after she was term limited in District 4.
She was a member of Yenni’s Economic Development Committee (remember them? They approved the largest debt in Kenner’s history for some pretty medians and public art and didn’t recruit one business to Kenner or create one job). She was also a member of Economic Development Committee’s subcommittee on The Esplanade Mall, which resides in her former Council District. She has sat back and watched The Esplanade wither while tossing out the delusional promises of large retailers coming to Kenner right before each election.
Maria won’t try that this time because the people of Kenner are on to her game.
DeFrancesch supported, and campaigned for, Yenni’s plan to double property taxes (as did Zahn), but, when Yenni realized the plan would falter, he, DeFrancesch and Zahn pivoted proclaiming that they “were just giving the people of Kenner the opportunity to vote on the plan”.
Sadly, they didn’t give US an opportunity to vote on taking on the largest debt in Kenner’s history, which DeFrancesch also approved.
In fact, also like Zahn, I’m hard pressed to come up with anything Maria has done in 10 years for Kenner.
In the height of irony, DeFrancesch proclaimed that she “Was Not Part of the Political Machine” in Kenner. Not now perhaps, since they squeezed you for every vote they could and now have spit you out like a bad piece of food.
Before Zahn entered the race, and she was kicked off the island, DeFrancesch was a charter member of the Yenni Cabal. In fact, I can’t think of one time that Maria EVER voted against Yenni. Even for something small.
Continuing the irony. DeFrancesch committed mail fraud last week when she sent out a direct mail piece claiming that she would put an end to “No-Bid Contracts”.
If you’ve paid attention to Kenner politics, I have long railed against No-Bid Contracts and have spoken out against them here on this blog, in the media and at Kenner City Council meetings. At every Council meeting where I would discuss my disdain for No-Bid Contracts and seek for the Council to not approve them, the chief defender of No-Bid Contracts was – wait for it – Maria DeFrancesch.
During one such exchange at a council meeting, DeFrancesch even held up pieces of paper claiming that State and Federal law banned Kenner from putting out certain contracts for bid. She wasn’t aware however, that I had the same pieces of paper that showed the Federal law didn’t apply to Cities and the State law only applied to a limited amount of contracts.
In other words, like her promise that Kohl’s (and, later, Belk’s) would soon be in Kenner, Maria was trying to get over on the people of Kenner.
She’s still trying to get over on us.
DeFrancesch was endorsed by The Alliance for “Good Government” and actually was The Alliance’s Legislator of the Year once.
The Alliance’s blessing alone is a reason to disqualify her.
Keith Reynaud – “The People’s Choice” coming in at a projected 7% of the vote, District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud is also running for Mayor although, since I think he’s seen the writing on the wall, is not spending anywhere close to the amounts spent by other candidates (with the exception of Al Morella whose largest, and probably only, campaign expense was his qualifying fee).
I have no idea why Reynaud is running other than to feed his massive ego.
It’s that massive ego that won’t let Reynaud quit.
Perhaps he will see the light on November 9th.
While he worked stridently to defeat Yenni’s plan to double Kenner’s property taxes, Reynaud soon turned after he was elected to the Council and became a loyal Yenni vote. Like DeFrancesch, Reynaud supported Yenni’s 2030 Plan, saddling Kenner with Millions in debt.
But, at least Reynaud’s district got a new intersection and a bike path.
Not exactly 30 pieces of silver but, when you sell your soul (and vote) to the Devil, every man’s price is different.
Al Morella – As I’ve mentioned in the past, I think Al Morella is a great guy. He’s passionate. He cares about Kenner. The problem is that he’s not qualified to run an entity as big as Kenner.
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, and everywhere else needs more folks like Al Morella. Just not as Mayor.
Gregory Carroll – Like DeFrancesch and Reynaud, Carroll is currently a Kenner City Councilman. Unlike those two (and you can throw Zahn into the pool too), Carroll has consistently stood up for what is in the best interest of Kenner and the people of District 1.
Even when we have disagreed, Councilman Carroll has listened to opposing points of view.
Carroll fought against Yenni’s plan to double property taxes; fought Yenni’s plan to close playgrounds; stood up to stop Yenni from selling streets to the Levee Authority which would have limited access to historic cemetaries; and stood up for his constituents regarding the rezoning and return to commerce of Airport buyout property.
Carroll constantly holds community meetings when issues arise to ensure that the people of his District are heard and that they learn and are aware of issues and their impact.
Carroll is the only Democrat in the Mayoral race.
The bottomline is, in the race to become Kenner’s next Mayor, the candidate with the most integrity; the candidate that has consistently represented and advocated for his constituents and the people of Kenner; the candidate that is the most fiscally Conservative and not beholden to the special interests that have dragged Kenner into the muck; and the candidate that I believe is best positioned to lead our city forward is the same person.
So, for the first time in my life I will be casting my vote for a Democrat in a major election and I’m proud to say that man is Greg Carroll.