Former ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter on Jindal Administration: “We ‘gonna tell you what the law says!”

Former Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Commissioner Murphy Painter who, after almost 15 years on the job and serving through three Governors, was terminated by former Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday, August 13, 2010.  Painter subsequently faced a Federal trial in mid-December of 2013 entailing 29 counts of allegedly improperly using Louisiana State Police’s criminal database for the issuance of alcohol permits.  Painter was acquitted by a Federal Jury after about six hours of deliberations resulting in taxpayers footing the bill for over $1 million in Federal Government and State Government costs for that prosecution along with another $600,000 to reimburse him for his legal costs in defending the charges brought against him upon his acquittal.

One week ago today (Sunday, January 31, 2022), we kicked off a multi-segment feature of former ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter with this introductory feature.  We indicated at that time that we’d have Painter himself on to provide an opportunity to explain just what all transpired behind the scenes entailing his very public lambasting in the media and the timeframe leading up to and at the initial outset of his criminal trial in December of 2013 (we believe the mainstream media lost all interest in the trial once they saw just what an absolute farce the trial was).

We now present segment one of that feature in which Painter directly contrasts the differences between serving for former Gov. Mike Foster (which Painter did from 1996-2004), former Gov. Kathleen Blanco (which Painter did from 2004-2008) and the early part of the Jindal administration (early 2008 through his termination on Friday, August 13, 2010).  We think our subscribers and site visitors will find his story fascinating, and here’s installment one:

2/1/22:  Painter contrasts working under former Gov. Mike Foster, former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, and former Gov. Bobby Jindal and provides insight into the lead-up to his termination by former Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday, August 13, 2010.

We believe those who take the time to watch our initial interview with Painter in this first installment will find his commentary quite revealing, and we look forward to delivering segment two in the near future.

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