Attorney General Jeff Landry appears poised to continue separating wheat from chaff among GOP legislators as he gears up for his own gubernatorial run in 2023.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

We’re pleased to announce that, after an extended hiatus (as warned of in our HNY post) made even longer by Dell’s delivery time for our new computer and the fact that Microsoft no longer supports Windows Movie Maker (thus forcing us to have to dive head-first into a crash course on its new video-editing program, Photos), we’re finally back up and running!

As we committed in the HNY post, our first priority upon receiving our new computer entailed a total overhaul of a key website that we maintained throughout Gov. Edwards’ first four years in office.  That overhaul is at last complete, and we welcome all subscribers to visit the newly-overhauled site:

JBE Fraud

The contents of the new site are self-explanatory, so we’ll only state here that it has been repurposed to have two functions:  #1) provide a permanent monument to the disastrously-run gubernatorial campaign of Eddie Rispone in 2019 (made possible by outstanding post mortem features by The Hayride’s Scott McKay), and #2) provide vote itemizations (complete with photos) of GOP legislators for certain key votes such as the upcoming tort reform votes in the 2020 legislative session, especially since tort reform is going to dominate the upcoming session.

For the remainder of this post, what we’re going to do is replicate the very first vote itemization complete with photos which we’ve just uploaded to the newly-overhauled JBEfraud site (see the link at the bottom of the homepage).  The feature focuses on the turbulent environment among Republican lawmakers surrounding the vote for the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives:

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Itemization of Republicans Supporting Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) for Louisiana Speaker of the House:

After Gov. Edwards’ successful bid for re-election became official on Saturday, November 16, 2019, all eyes focused on the Legislature’s leadership positions.

With minimal fanfare, the Senate quickly settled on Sen. Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) as its new President.  We at Sound Off Louisiana were pleased with Cortez’s selection because he certainly has demonstrated a firm grasp of the excessive and burdensome impacts of needless occupational licensure in Louisiana.  Let’s take just 14 seconds to watch Cortez openly question the need for individuals wishing to practice interior design in Louisiana to possess an interior design licenses:


Cortez, speaking at the May 31, 2017 Senate Commerce Committee meeting, openly questions the need for interior design licensure.  For a very in-depth examination of that subject, visit the abolish IDB website.

In sharp contrast to the Senate’s smooth selection of Cortez, selection of the Louisiana House Speaker was, to put it mildly, quite a bit more cantankerous.  One previous candidate, rock-solid conservative Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), recently stated on  KEEL radio that, “my quest for Speakership ended the moment Eddie Rispone conceded defeat to John Bel Edwards on election night.”  When the hosts of the show pressed Seabaugh for why that had to be the case, Seabaugh responded, “because John Bel Edwards will move Heaven and earth to ensure that I am not elected the next House Speaker.”

With the landscape of “viable” candidates obviously altered dramatically with Gov. Edwards’ re-election win, a significant number of Republicans decided to negotiate with members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) to maximize the probabilities that both groups (the LLBC members and the Republican “Fraud Squad” — RFS as they became affectionately known by conservative talk-show host Moon Griffon) would obtain significant individual power.

Edwards, recognizing the impossibility of a Democrat being elected Speaker, actively lobbied for Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) to get the position, and Schexnayder became the candidate supported by the LLBC and the “RFS.”  In short, the group (LLBC and “RFS”) sought to unify against whomever the conservative wing of the Louisiana Republican Party supported, who happened to be Rep. Sherman Mack (R-Albany).

Griffon was so livid about this development that he went on an absolute tirade for days about it on his daily show.  Griffon openly stated that much of the hard work in which Attorney General Jeff Landry and U. S. Sen. John Kennedy engaged to oust problematic Louisiana State Senators in 2019 would be largely negated if the actions of the “RFS” succeeded and Schexnayder became the next House Speaker.

Griffon openly called upon then-House GOP Delegation Leader Lance Harris to convene a meeting of the Delegation and conduct a vote for House Speaker.  Griffon has made his sentiments known quite emphatically that the election for Speaker should have been decided by Republicans alone since they control 68 of the 105 House seats and could therefore elect the Speaker without the need for any Democratic votes whatsoever.

Griffon succeeded in his call for a GOP Delegation meeting, and the result of the vote during the meeting was Mack, 39; Schexnayder, 17; and Raymond Garofalo, 1.

Griffon next invited Attorney General Jeff Landry on his show for his take on the developments.  Landry did not mince his words when he stated on Griffon’s show that, “I think many of the Republicans involved here may soon find themselves without jobs.”  Landry’s statement seemed intended as an obvious thinly-veiled threat to those Republicans seeking to circumvent the will of the majority of Republican legislators that they may find themselves on the receiving end of campaign attack ads in 2023 similar to those run by Landry’s PAC in the 2019 legislative races.  Such ads would likely run simultaneous to Landry pursuing his own quest for Governor in 2023.

Here’s a brief video clip of the nominations of Mack and Schexnayder for the Speaker position, and we would note the angry tone of Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette), who was reportedly livid that he wasn’t given more serious consideration for House Speaker himself:


One-minute video highlight of nominations for Louisiana House Speaker (CLICK HERE for the election video in its entirety).

When the vote for Louisiana Speaker was final, the results were:  Schexnayder, 60; Mack, 45.  Schexnayder prevailed with 23 Republican votes (i.e. those whom Griffon dubbed as the “RFS”) along with all 35 Democratic Representatives and two Independents.  Mack, meanwhile, received the support of 45 Republicans, or 66% of Republicans serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

We want to now shift our focus to our take at Sound Off Louisiana regarding the race for Speaker of the House.  We produced a feature on August 13, 2019 outlining the nine (9) prospective candidates for the position.  Being perfectly blunt, neither of the two gentlemen who were subsequently chosen as finalists (or who were deemed to be able to cobble together enough votes to prevail), Schexnayder and Mack, were very appealing to us at all.

As many Sound Off Louisiana subscribers are aware, the issue about which we are most passionate is occupational licensing reform in Louisiana.  We have literally heard the stories of dozens of license holders (including Sound Off Louisiana‘s founder, Robert Burns), who have been harassed by the occupational licensing boards and commissions (in Burns’ case, it’s the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB), with many being forced out of business as a means to lessen competition.  No board has been more egregious in that arena than the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD).

On May 16, 2018 both Schexnayder and Mack had an opportunity to vote for a measure to provide license holders with the fundamental right to have any administrative hearing called against a licensee of these abusive state agencies adjudicated by an administrative law judge rather than the body issuing the license.

There has been no single piece of legislation that we have ever monitored that is more important to us than that measure!  NONE!  How did Schexnayder and Mack vote?  They both voted “no.”  We stated then that we could NEVER support any Republican candidate (they are highlighted at the preceding link, and we carry jpegs of that vote on our iPhones) who voted “no” on the measure, and that is EXACTLY what we meant!  Hence, in our eyes, both Mack and Schexnayder were nonstarters entailing being Speaker of the House in Louisiana.

With that disclosure out of the way, many of the Republican legislators for whom we have great admiration, such as Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath) , who was recently elected Chairman of the GOP Republican Delegation in the House, Alan Seabaugh, Rick Edmonds, Julie Emerson, and others made known their active support for Mack.  Out of respect for them, we itemize the 23 Republicans (i.e. the Griffon-labeled “Republican Fraud Squad”) who opted to join with Democrats and vote for Schexnayder for Speaker; however, we want to emphasize that we are so unimpressed with Mack that we make the analogy of walking into a fine restaurant like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse only to be told the only items on the menu are bologna sandwiches and spam, and we particularly hold no fault entailing Rep. Garofalo’s vote for Schexnayder since, when Garofalo authored a tort reform bill with teeth in 2014, Mack very actively opposed it!!:

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Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall
District 7
Phone:  (318) 925-9588   bagleyl@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Gerald “Beau” Alphone Beaullieu IV, R-New Iberia
District 81
Phone:  (337) 373-4051   hse048@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette
District 43
Phone:  (337) 981-7409  bishops@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Ryan Joseph Bourriaque, R-Abbeville
District 47
Phone:  (337) 893-5035  hse047@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Dewith Carrier, R-Oberlin
District 32
Phone:  Not yet published.  Check back later.  hse032@legis.la.gov 
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette
District 45
Phone:  (337) 262-2400  coussanjp@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge
District 69
Phone:  (225) 362-5301  davisp@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles
District 35
Phone:  (337) 491-2315 dwights@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Les Farnum, R-Lake Charles
District 33
Phone:  Not yet published.  Check back later.   hse033@legis.la.gov 
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Raymond Garofalo, Jr., R-Chalmette,
District 103
Phone:  (504) 277-4729 garofalor@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie
District 94
Phone:  (504) 885-4154 hilfertys@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge
District 46
Phone:  (337) 332-3331  huvalm@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Central
District 65
Phone:  (225) 261-5739  iveyb@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma
District 53
Phone:  (985) 858-2970 mageet@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Wayne McMahen, R-Minden
District 10
Phone:  (318) 371-3092  mcmahenw@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Greg Miller, R-NORCO
District 56
Phone:  (985) 764-9991  millerg@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Buddy Mincey, Jr., R-Denham Springs
District 71
Phone:  (225) 667-6088 hse071@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Vincent “Vinney” St. Blanc III, R-Franklin
District 50
Phone:  (337) 828-7778  hse50@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales
District 81
Phone:  (225) 473-6016  schexnayderc@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Joseph Stagni, R-Kenner
District 92
Phone:  (504) 465-3479 stagnij@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley
District 42
Phone:  (337) 384-8999  stefanskij@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Chris Turner, R-Ruston
District 12
Phone:  (318) 251-5038  hse012@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma
District 52
Phone:  (985) 876-8823  zeringuej@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

It’s great to at long last be back producing features with our brand new computer, and we look very forward to itemizing key votes of Republican legislators to be permanently memorialized on JBEfraud during Gov. Edwards’ second term as Governor of Louisiana!

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4 thoughts on “Attorney General Jeff Landry appears poised to continue separating wheat from chaff among GOP legislators as he gears up for his own gubernatorial run in 2023.”

  1. Seabaugh is the biggest clown in the house. He never had a chance to be Speaker. NO ONE likes him. Notice how he and the entire N. LOUISIANA delegation voted for an evil trial lawyer. Seabaugh is a fraud.

    And Moon Graffin is the most uninformed talk radio host on the planet. I listened to him for years until I figured out he is a puppet for sale. He has no clue how the sausage is made. He has never been to a hearing. Never sat in on meetings. He regularly misinforms the public.

  2. Louisiana is truly long overdue with respect to eliminating the afflictions of Progressivism aka fascism with licensing boards. Just go through the statutes, repukes and democraps alike routinely support licensing which merely allies the regulator and regulated in order to protect the regulated industry from competition and insure a price floor, in exchange for campaign cash and a golden paravhute job after leaving office (or sometimes while IN office!).
    The Trump administration recently had a grant directed to states to finance rooting out impediments to commerce represented by licensing. Louisiana’s alleged “conservative” legislators could on their own motion simply go through the statutes and eradicate the legislative afflictions visited on the common man just trying to make a living.
    Just don’t hold your breath on that.

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