cheering for Kenner to fail, again

As I thought about writing this post, I was reminded of this quote,

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

And thus we arrive at our topic for today. Walt, the rejected politician, the master of failed magazine business, the king of explainable misunderstandings is at it again and it occurred to me that in the entirety of his residence in our fair city he’s never invested himself in rowing the boat, just loudly bitching about the experience.

So when it wasn’t enough to tank two businesses, Walt runs for office, That experience (somehow) wasn’t enough when it leads him to get spanked and embarrassed (twice) in these election attempts. Just as it wasn’t enough to have the Citizens for a Better Kenner’s time and money wasting suit thrown out of court. Our pal Wally just doubles down on his negative behavior and lashes out at the progress Kenner has clearly said it wants in rejecting his tired narrative.

But, because it’s clearly evident that he’s so bitter and filled with petty hatred against Mayor Yenni, Mr. Bennetti just seems to live not to  ever “help row” but intentionally “rock the boat,” at least rhetorically.

His latest screeds should be instructive as to how deeply he longs for Mike Yenni (and by proxy, Kenner) to fail.

POTSHOT AT YENNI’s lovely inauguration ceremony and mass. Wally is grinding his teeth in agony over the genuine happiness that is evident with the council on this day and seeks to divide this smiling and bi-partisan group.

Oh Jesus, Yenni appointed another woman – Walter hates women!

On another note, Walter Obstruction and Objection Bennetti announces that the 7-11 on Williams has the newest icee machine and the freshest Mrs. Drake sandwiches, and thus his inability to understand anything that led to this old school constituency amongst his convenience store peeps.

Walt gripes about the Mayor’s actions in notifying the area about the progress on the infrastructure and Walt has to chime in.…. and yet the only thing Walt’s done is nothing.

Today, on his Facebook page Wally went to the Popeye’s (yes, he’s a man of the people, but nonetheless, an extremely poor choice for a man who is seeing a regiment of physicians) and related his experience with the happy cashier he encountered. Trouble is, he HAD to take a poke at the Mayor in his own little highly obsessed manner.

Walt, you are not a prophet; not a visionary; not a role model. I encourage people to accept him for who he is – a bitter and broken man who  wants nothing good for Kenner and thinks all elected officials are stealing their days away, stealing with both hands. In my opinion, even if that deluded conclusion were ever to be true, the trouble with Walt is that he just wants to trade places and his jealousy is obvious.

Kenner’s new council is filled with attorneys and Walt’s slander won’t be tolerated. I predict that one day soon, some of the people he’s always taking shots at are going to shoot back and Wally won’t have his compadre Stagni & his disbarred Consigliere to hide behind…….

 

An added twist – failed magazine partners see a lot of scrutiny in Walter Reed investigation…….

Glass Houses.

I’ve always heard that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. That makes sense if you are a thinking man, but alas our friend often finds ways to move the metaphorical football and as a result, ending up flat on his back and cursing. Sadly this is a place  that Walt often lands.

Let’s begin with an article from Sunday’s New Orleans Advocate  about a couple who sought their own selective brand of justice, which didn’t exactly go through the normal channels.

Landlord Barbara Marullo already had evicted Ricky Cambre from the Covington building that housed his restaurant, the Ground Pat’i, and was suing him for back rent. Then, in November 2011, she discovered that $11,500 in parts were missing from the building’s walk-in cooler and a kitchen drain had been filled and sealed with cement.

But Marullo did not alert the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Instead, her husband, Anthony, took an unusual shortcut, placing a call to the office of Walter Reed, the parish’s district attorney. Two investigators, one of them an old friend of Anthony Marullo’s, promptly began looking into the case. A month later, Cambre was arrested for theft and criminal damage to property.

Yet what seemed like swift justice has now raised more questions about Reed, already under scrutiny for his private business dealings and the way he has spent campaign money.

That Anthony Marullo could order up an investigation with a phone call to the DA was unusual to begin with. But the case against Cambre also has fallen apart, largely because Barbara Marullo’s testimony about the alleged theft and property damage directly contradicts the version of events offered by Reed’s chief investigator, Louis Dabdoub.

See, but what is funny here is that this lady, Mrs. Barbara Marullo was Walt Bennetti’s business partner in a magazine that sought to thwart the parish’s intentions to clean up Fat City and much like many of the battles Mr. Bennetti has waged with other elected officials, he had no standing to insert himself into a debate about an area of town that he did not live in, claims to not specifically being a client or aficionado of the dive bars, marginal restaurants and strip clubs, but who knows what manner of vice drove him there? We do know that Walt was especially passionate about the quality of the hot dogs and Mrs. Drake sandwiches at a number of the convenience stores as I am sure that old habits die hard. And beyond his simpatico relationship with his fellow c-store travelers, no one could ever understand why Walt would have injected himself into this fight.

So yes, the same Barbara Marullo who owns video poker machines in a number of past and present establishments like some of the areas that the parish targeted for revitalization, So Walt got investors, failed to make anything come from the investment in his now, failed “inside jefferson” magazine and now they are under the pall of an investigation surrounding the St. Tammany DA’s propriety in a case that may have violated Mr. Cambre’s Civil Liberties. Want more? Step up and grab the pdf that details Walt and the Marullo’s relationship below.

SOS - Inside Jefferson Parish Magazine - 31314 1 - - Copy

First off, this corporation is still not in good standing with the SOS – it might only take $35.00 to rectify this. But more importantly, I’d kind of get worried that these very seriously impatient people might get tired of waiting for a return on their investment and have you locked up like they did to Cambre, Walt…… but you can always call on the Sheriff to help…… oh, wait…….. never mind!!!!!

beaten, bitter and bolting from the party – a journey to the center of Walt……

It took him nearly a week to write these dissertations – 3244 bitter words all summed up by the following, which isn’t a version of this song that I even care for, but it’s got the best insight as to Walt’s world view….  It ain’t my fault – did I do that?

http://clickjefferson.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-after-34-years-i-am-no-longer.html

http://clickjefferson.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-endorsement-game.html

Now I know from first hand experience, losing an election sucks. Despite my vote totals in the loss, I had a legitimate person to blame – Joseph Berry. Despite that, I took my loss in stride, went on with my life and reached out to and then endorsed my opponent Barron Burmaster. Walt Bennetti couldn’t concede with even a touch of class. As usual, Walt has no one to blame but himself, but his responses illustrate his selfishness and his malice.

In his responses, Walt (his pathology compels him to bring up the Mayor, and as such) blames Yenni, Roger Villere, political consultants, the “political machine,” and (???) the Realtor’s association. Bitterness personified. These responses embody exactly why I was convinced that he would be a disaster as a mayor. Despite the LANDSLIDE that re-elected the Mayor, voted in Mr. Impastato by a similar mandate over Walt’s mentor Capitano, and carried the unopposed Maria Defranchech & Lenny Klein into office are all just woefully mistaken. Based on his musings, Walt believes that not only did the people not speak, the ones who did vote are somehow misguided and under the control of others and just don’t get that he’s the one true visionary & the very expert needed for the job. For me, he’s a naked man offering me his shirt, and who would want a mayor who’s response was to quit his party, pout, sulk and (attempt to ) scorch the earth when he didn’t get his way. A municipal executive needs to be able to work with a diverse group – Bennetti’s post about the endorsements shows a narcissistic bent and echoes a common theme, everything is someone else’s fault.

Below I’ll add my commentary in RED 

Why, after 34 years, I am no longer a Republican

For my first post in 2 months and since my election loss, I thought it would be good to take a walk down memory lane. or a ride on the crazy train…..
When I was growing up in Erie, PA, wouldn’t that make you a northerner it seemed like EVERYONE was a Democrat. My mother and father were Democrats. My grandparents and all of my relatives were Dems. One of my aunts (on my mom’s side) was a Democratic Ward Chairman. Her “job” was to get out the Democratic vote and she was very good at it.
The Mayor of Erie at that time and all of the Councilmen were Democrats. In fact, my dad had a City job that was given to him by the Mayor. Unlike some political appointees, particularly in Kenner, my dad actually knew what he was doing.
About 80% of my hometown were Democrats and the other 20% were too afraid to go out at night.
However, in spite of everyone around me being a “D”, or perhaps because of it, I was drawn to the Republican Party.
My first (and, thankfully, only) brush with the law came when I was 11. I was “arrested” for putting “Nixon – Now More Than Ever” bumper stickers on cars that were parked in a grocery store parking lot. Of course, I didn’t realize that the automobile owners had to give their consent to have the bumper stickers put on their cars. (or advertisers must give their consent to have their names published in magazines…. BRLA anyone?)
After my dad and the powers that be (again, all Dems) intervened, my “punishment” was a few hours of elbow grease scraping off the bumper stickers and apologizing to several people that I didn’t know.
So, yes, I was a little overzealous in my “volunteering” for Richard Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign.
When I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to register as a Republican. The first presidential campaign that I really volunteered on was Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, and I cast my first presidential vote for Reagan that election.
Later, I volunteered on Reagan’s 1984 campaign, George H.W. Bush’s 1988 and 1992 campaigns, and the campaigns of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. In fact, in 2004, I was a Precinct Captain for Bush/Cheney. My job, like my aunt’s decades before, was to get out the vote for W.
I’ve also volunteered or worked on numerous other Republican campaigns in addition to being the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a Board Member of the Pelican State Pachyderm Club, a large Republican group. but now smaller thanks to your involvement
So, why did I become a Republican?
Quite simply, I bought into Ronald Reagan.
Even at 18, I wanted less government. I wanted lower taxes. I wanted government out of my life.
So, why after being a lifelong Republican did I change my party registration today to Libertarian? Well, to be honest, two things happened: Mike Yenni and Roger Villere. just a reminder, its somebody else’s fault!
As most of you know, Mike Yenni was re-elected as Mayor of Kenner. He beat me but, he is only indirectly responsible for my changing parties.
When the Jefferson Parish Republican Party endorsed Mike Yenni, I knew that the Republican Party that I signed up for in 1979 was not the Republican Party of 2014 that I wanted to be a part of. so I got mad and left the party
Oh sure, I had my doubts about John McCain and Mitt Romney, but, I could never bring myself to consider voting for an obvious Progressive like Barack Obama who sneered at every political ideal that I still clung to.
No, when the local Republican Party endorses Candidate Y, who tripled sewerage fees, tried to double property taxes, opposed Good Government Charter Changes that 70% of the voters approved, has grown government, and took on the largest debt in Kenner’s history without a vote of people over Candidate B (pretty clever, huh?no, not really), who opposed each of those things, either the Party doesn’t fit Candidate B or he doesn’t fit the Party. or Candidate B is a failed, flawed and bitter candidate who would be a trainwreck as an elected official?
I’m enough of a realist to know where I’m not wanted and, the Jefferson Parish Republican Party doesn’t want me or what I believe in.  neither does Kenner, when are you leaving?
So, how does Roger Villere fit into this blog?
I’ve known Roger for many years even, at one time, considered him to be a friend. I’ve interviewed Roger on the radio, published his press releases on ClickJefferson.com, and supported his efforts as Party Chairman.
However, today Roger went off the deep end and there is no turning back.
By now, I’m sure that you’ve all read about Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister and his episode(s) with a married staffer. McAllister is also married.
While I don’t condone McAllister’s actions, or the actions of the married staffer, that’s his personal life – it has nothing to do with him being a Congressman.  and yet you want to bring up aspects of other people’s personal lives to suit your narrative…..  
In that past, I defended Senator David Vitter, and other elected officials, read: Joe Stagni when they’ve made personal transgressions that were not directly related to their positions.
Again, I wasn’t condoning Sen. Vitter’s actions, or the actions of anyone. But, I didn’t believe then or now that Sen. Vitter, or any elected official, should resign because of a personal transgression.  because you have so many personal transgressions….. 
But, the same can’t be said for Roger Villere, the head of the Louisiana Republican Party.
In a statement, Villere said:
“The Republican Party of Louisiana calls on Vance McAllister to resign his seat in Congress. Mr. McAllister’s extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside.”What about the interests of the people who elected him?
Where was Roger Villere when David Vitter was caught up in a personal scandal? weren’t you just defending Vitter?
Where is Roger Villere now and why isn’t he telling David Vitter to NOT run for Governor?
When Villere refers to “McAllister’s extreme hypocrisy”, perhaps he should look at himself in the mirror because, while McAllister’s indiscretion may or may not blow away, Vitter’s hangs over him and our state like an Albatross and that Albatross will grow to gigantic proportions if Vitter is elected Governor of our state.
No, the fact of the matter is, Villere and the state Republican Party didn’t support Vance McAllister when he ran and now they smell blood in the water. If it wasn’t for this video, I’m sure the party would have found some other reason to turn on McAllister if he voted the wrong way or didn’t eat seafood on a Friday during Lent.
Did McAllister do something stupid? Of course, but, people do stupid  things every day (Remember Mike Yenni trying to double property taxes?) and, as long as it’s not criminal, he should keep his seat.
The voters, and only the voters, of his Congressional District should determine whether or not Vance McAllister resigns or if he is re-elected, not the Chairman of a political party.
What Roger Villere and many in the Republican Party don’t understand is that the reason “why ordinary people are fed up with politics” is because of the hypocrisy of the two-parties.
What, besides being anti-abortion, does the Republican Party stand for? What happened to cutting the budget deficit, reducing government, lowering taxes? How can the Louisiana Republican Party be for “family values” when they want to bash someone who is not favored by the party, while supporting and defending David Vitter?
When I ran against Mike Yenni, I didn’t discuss the multitude of rumors about his personal life, the FBI investigation perhaps another MS blogger might want to weigh in on your krewe’s involvement with the most recent aspect of that? into his emails and texts (other than saying that the investigation is closed and we still haven’t been told the entire story by Yenni and the public hasn’t seen those emails and texts), or any other “sordid” tidbits that people told me. what about the sordid details of what people have told me about you? What about the facts of what I know about you? — I wanted to beat Yenni on this issues. So, how’s that working out for you?
As I said, I supported and defended David Vitter and I would do the same for Vance McAllister. I care about how he votes on issues, not his personal life. The Louisiana Republican Party should too.
And the Democrats? Well, they truly are the “entitlement” party. We all know what they stand for and, if you’re on the receiving end of those “entitlements”, you may be a Democrat. Clearly, I’m not going to be a part of that party either.
So, since we’ve clearly determined that I can no longer be a Republican (that is, if I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror and not see a hypocrite looking back at me), and I also clearly cannot be a Democrat, why did I become a Libertarian?
Because, quite simply, Libertarians believe in less government and lower taxes and that, along with being Pro-Life, are at the core of my personal political philosophy.
Do I buy into everything that the Libertarians list in their party platform? Of course not. But, at their core, the Libertarian Party believes in personal accountability and personal liberty – and that is my core.
We live in America – the “land of opportunity”. Nowhere else on earth do people wake up with the opportunities that we have and that most of us take for granted. We can can do anything, be anything. We can dream big dreams and, if we work hard and it fits into God’s plan for us, we can achieve those dreams. That is, as long as government stays out of our way and we don’t hurt other people in the process.
That’s what I think Libertarian’s believe.
 And that is why I am proud to be a Libertarian.
That is, if they’ll have a former “lifelong Republican”. till they figure out what a disturbing influence you will be….. 

 

The Endorsement Game

When you’re running for public office, groups come out of the woodwork to conduct candidate forums – some to educate their members on you and the issues and some to endorse one candidate over another.
In this past election, Mike Yenni garnered every endorsement. This was not a surprise to me, as I honestly didn’t expect any group to endorse an upstart upstart? more like malcontent! over an incumbent.
However, what was interesting was the makeup of many of these groups and their obvious biases. Without sounding bitter, but you are, why try to hide it? I thought it might be interesting to take a look at these groups and their endorsement processes.
The Alliance For Good Government – The Alliance is a group of folks from varied backgrounds that comes out for every election and then disappears. They have no role in day-to-day government or acting as watchdogs for “good government”. I mean really, how much credibility can a “good government” group have that gave Kenner Councilwoman Maria DeFranchesch its “Legislator of the Year Award”? Remember, you heard it here first “Walt Bennetti hates women” In 8 years on the Kenner City Council, I can’t tell you one meaningful piece of legislation that has been authored by DeFranchesch let alone one that could be considered “good government”. so in an earlier post, you say you want less government, but you can’t think of any meaningful legislation?
The fact of the matter is, The Alliance is more of a marketing organization than an actual “good government” group. The primary focus of The Alliance is, does the candidate have the necessary funding to pay The Alliance the Thousands of Dollars necessary for The Alliance’s co-op advertising (that is run through a member’s company so that the member can receive the commission). jealous Mr. Faux Media Consultant? 
When I went to The Alliance’s endorsement meeting, I thought “The best that I can hope for is that The Alliance doesn’t endorse anyone.” I knew The Alliance would never endorse an underfunded candidate like me but, how could a “good government” group even consider endorsing someone who tried to double property taxes and opposed good government charter changes that were approved by the voters of Kenner by 70-30% voting margins? someone should remind you that he won reelection over you by an even wider margin, with the very same voter base…, oh, wait, I just did! 
So, considering that a city employee is a member of The Alliance and was allowed to participate in the endorsement vote, and that I was underfunded, no one wanted to give you any real money……. it was not a huge surprise that The Alliance endorsed Yenni.
The Jefferson Chamber PAC – The Jefferson Chamber PAC did invite me to speak however I was not available during the times they had available.  your conflict kept you from being there, but to say that you wouldn’t have gone is disingenuous That being said, even if I would have been available, I wouldn’t have gone. The Chamber PAC consisted of several members of Yenni’s Economic Development Committee and campaign contributors. I knew that speaking to them would be a waste of time and, I learned afterward, that several other candidates in Kenner elections also didn’t think that speaking to the Chamber PAC would be a good use of their time. Phil, Schwertz, – birds of a feather……. 
HISPAC – The Hispanic Political Action Committee is another ghost group that only comes out at elections. They represent no one sort of like you and are simply a money machine to funnel advertising to Hispanic media and attempt to act important. They are led by a member of Yenni’s Economic Development Committee who appeared in one of Yenni’s campaign videos.
After agreeing to meet on one date, the group’s head, Dr. Vinicio Madrigal, changed the date to the night of March 5th, the day that he knew I was having surgery and would be unavailable. if they weren’t going to endorse you as you say, why bother moving the meeting…  remember, the date for your surgery changed too…… I asked Dr. Madrigal to provide me with a list of their Board Members so I could at least email them some information about why I was the better candidate to represent all of Kenner, and Dr. Madrigal ignored my request. That’s funny considering that he’s always quick to jump on Facebook to defend Yenni or criticize me.
What’s ironic is that, while the Yenni Administration has over 40 political appointees, only 1 is Hispanic (you will see those numbers again later). Since Kenner’s Hispanic population is almost 30%, a 40/1 ratio is hardly representative of Kenner’s Hispanic community. In addition, Yenni tried to close a playground that is used heavily by Hispanics, which I opposed. you would oppose throwing a drowning man getting a rope if Mike Yenni wanted to throw it to him….. 
But, HISPAC got their 30 pieces of Silver from Yenni and endorsed him anyway. bitter over money? everybody is on the take? boards are made up of Yenni loyalists — surely it can’t be you? 
GAMBIT – I wasn’t surprised when Clancy DuBos and Gambit endorsed Yenni. I was surprised that they didn’t even call me to discuss the election. At least when I ran in 2011, they tried to hit me up didn’t you sell advertising for your horrible publications? for some advertising money. bitter over money? everybody is on the take? boards are made up of Yenni loyalists — surely it can’t be you? 
Louisiana Weekly – This one was truly puzzling to me. As with Hispanics, the Yenni Administration has 1 African-American political appointee, despite Kenner’s 25% African-American population. In addition, Yenni tried to close Lincoln Manor Playground, which is in a heavily African-American area, and I fought against the closing. Also, South Kenner has been crying out for years for a library and I offered a plan to convert the old Kenner High School to a library and computer resource center while Yenni wants to remodel the High School and turn it into city offices.  people don’t really use library’s anymore you clod, they use the internet
But, the Louisiana Weekly Editorial Board never called me to discuss my campaign, my ideas or my pledge to represent ALL of Kenner.Christopher Tidmore did write a nice article about the campaign though.  first off, because I did it in my election, I know that they send a questionnaire (which you responded to) and they have you in for an in person editorial interview. You even called Tidmore “your friend” in a facebook post announcing the article you liked. Now, in maligning this publication & gambit, you’ve opened up a new theme – “they didn’t call, didn’t write, didn’t invite me over!” It’s not the job of the candidate to wait for these calls, it’s the job of the candidate to go make his point known… 
GNOR – Greater New Orleans Republicans scheduled their endorsement meeting at the same time as a forum at the MLK Resource Center in Lincoln Manor. After looking at the makeup of their board, I decided it would be better to listen to the concerns of District 1 residents than talk to a minor group of Republicans stacked with Yenni loyalists and operatives.  blah, blah, blah, nobody likes me, deck stacked against me…… 
NOMAR – The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors never called me to discuss the campaign which is surprising considering that Yenni’s plan to double property taxes would have had an adverse impact on property sales. more irony from a many who pays no property taxes, owns no property and doesn’t have a job…… and your plan to implode the Kenner economy might have some impact on why they didn’t call — or maybe since it’s a number of women they might have read my blog and known you’d be condescending. 
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – My favorite endorsement meeting was with Nola.com/The T-P. There, surrounded by people who I’m certain loathe people like me (bloggers!), no, I think they loathe you for other reasons…..  it was a great joust. After discussing my leg injury,  gotta get that sympathy factor rolling right? that’s the first lesson in con-man 101 the first question was, “Considering all of your health issues with your leg, why are you running for Mayor?” Off to a great start with that one…
I gave the Editorial Board a packet of articles and editorials where they (the Editorial Board) had criticized Yenni and his Administration and where one of their Editors actually called Yenni “a fibber”, but they barely glanced it.
The Editorial Board seemed more focused on my snarky (their word) comments to the Candidate Questionnaire you remember that Candidate Questionnaire, it tripped you up with your time in college – the same Florida college that is now missing from your bio….. that they send out to candidates seeking information.
Some sample questions and my answers:
Q: “What schools do your children attend? For each school note if it is a public or private school.”
A: “If I had children, I would never answer such a ridiculous, intrusive question.”
Q: “Have you ever been convicted of, pleaded no contest to or placed in a diversion program for a crime other than parking and minor traffic offenses? (Driving while intoxicated is NOT considered a minor offense.).”
A: “No. But I was made to stand in a corner once for attempting a bloodless coup against my Pre-K teacher. I wanted less nap time.”
Q: “Have you ever bought or sold illegal drugs?”
A: “And I’ve never exceeded the speed limit or rolled through a stop sign either.”  but you have… 
Q: “Have you ever lost a lawsuit?” yes, with the CIty, individually and as president of CFABK — let’s not forget when they took the building back in BRLA and you tried to extort rent (I know you don’t count that because you dodged service) 
A: “No. But Ben Zahn lost 2 lawsuits to me. Make sure that you remember that when he runs for re-election.”
Finally, after 4 pages of such questions, they finally asked:
Q: “What are the five most important planks in your platform?”
Now, we’re finally getting somewhere…
In retrospect, were my responses “snarky”? Yeah, of course they were. They were meant to be tongue-in-cheek. They were absurd questions that had nothing to do with running for Mayor of Kenner. Who cares what schools anyone’s children attend unless they are running for school board and who would answer such a personal question? Do you think I would want the newspaper publishing where my children go to school or take a chance on that information being leaked to the wrong people? no one is under the bed Walt – I know you look before you go to sleep at night & again when you wake up…… Mike Yenni’s minions leave imanila envelopes taped to my door with “threatening” information. Please Walt, if someone ever left you a threatening note, we all know you’d break another couple of toes to get to a scanner and post it on the internet….. please! Do you actually think I would want them harassing my children at school?
The Editorial Board didn’t see the humor in my responses and didn’t see the obvious hypocrisy of them endorsing a candidate that they frequently criticized.or you don’t get the obvious irony of how these reporters fulfill their parent company’s need for “content” and write stores about you and Yenni and you misconstrue this for relevance and out of you delusion, run for office – funny and sad, but by all means, bite the only hand that keeps you marginally relevant. 
But, it was a fun 15 minutes in the hot seat. That alone was worth the $450 “qualifying” fee.
Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee – I wrote yesterday about the Republican endorsement so, I won’t belabor the point here. But I will say that, as long as elected officials have a vote in the Parish endorsement, upstart candidates will never have a chance unless they are connected to Greg Buisson. And that is sad when you know that, regardless of your ideas, your platform or your background, I’m pretty sure your background had a role in this….. you just don’t want to acknowledge the issues in your background! you will never have an opportunity.
The Bottom Line – Most endorsements are worthless. However, their compound effect does sway some voters who see the momentum of one candidate and want to jump on the winning train.
Most of these groups are infiltrated with political operatives, supporters and contributors who’ve made up their minds before a candidate even opens his/her mouth. They, and the groups that they “represent”, already have an agenda. Whether it’s money or power or the mistaken belief that they have influence, they all have an agenda.
Did I lose the election because of endorsements? Absolutely not. true, you lost it on the issues and your lack of fitness to serve…. But, are the endorsements “objective”? Again, absolutely not.
It’s up to individuals to cut through the clutter and make up their own minds and everyone should hold whomever wins accountable.
Everyone should be involved in their government. Not just the 20% or so that voted. So when you hold up the tax referendum as a basis for your viewpoints, the electorate is valid, but when that same electorate elects a group of men (and women) you despise, they are worthy of your contempt…… 
Funnysad and typical…… 

 

 

So I joined Facebook today and learned the definition of irony…….

Today, I decided to stop looking at Facebook on my assistant’s computer and created my own Facebook account. I couldn’t believe what I found – Walt Bennetti, who I believe has no job and literally plays on the internet all day, is complaining about Mike Yenni posting on his own Facebook page.

Irony personified!

In my opinion, the Mayor of a city is on call 24 hours a day and based on Walt’s malformed logic could never do anything personal without jeopardizing the public trust. Am I the only person who finds humor in Walt’s assertions? On a slow day Walt Bennetti posts about 6-10 times on his own Facebook page and as a “public service” wants to “remind” Mike Yenni that he is a public servant and should be doing other things. This is indicative of exactly what is wrong with Mr. B and his endless double standard. He can be on the intrawebs all day long bashing Yenni with his stable of friends. These friends, a few sycophants who also seem to have no function other than to troll the internet & share Walt’s deep burning hatred for the Mayor, regularly pointing out how brilliant they all really are and slap each other on the back in glee. Walt and these people speak out and complain on most every topic imaginable,  yet won’t answer my question on what he does for a living or just why it is that he seems to have no commitments other than the monthly Kenner CIty Council meetings. Ask a substantive question about their backgrounds, they all go shoe shopping. 

Walt – I still want my money that you cost Kenner!

Could someone please tell Mike Yenni that he is still Mayor and shouldn’t be posting on Facebook during working hours? Doesn’t the Kenner Employee Handbook say something about that? We are still paying him right?Here’s a list of his recent posts:
Tuesday, 4/1 – 4:32pm, 1:13pm
Monday, 3/31 – 8:58am
Thursday, 3/27 – 1:09pm
Wednesday, 3/26 – 10:07am, 12:39pm, 1:56pm, 2:36pm
Monday, 3/24 – 10:46am
Friday, 3/21 – 11:05am, 2:42pm
Thursday, 3/20 – 3:18pm
Wednesday, 3/19 – 10:31am
Tuesday, 3/18 – 2:28pm, 3:06pm, 3:07pm, 3:08pm
Monday, 3/17 – 3:14pmWhen I’m elected, I promise to not post on Facebook during business hours unless it’s an emergency (and campaigning is NOT an emergency).

It’s the Council stupid….

I know that this doesn’t suit Mr. Bennetti’s narrative that everything is the fault of the current Mayor, but I’ve got a news flash for him, the council makes the laws – not Mike Yenni!

The city’s bond issuance that Bennetti and Citizens for a Better Kenner sued over, was in fact, an action of the council – signed into law by the Mayor. Admittedly, his suit (more to follow on that front), includes the CIty, Mayor and Council, but to read Bennetti’s account, the Mayor wrote the ordinance, forced the Council to sign it and hand carried the paperwork over to the bond attorney all before the ink was dry. Not remotely the case.

The issues he imparts on to the Mayor, are indeed equally visited upon the Kenner Council, but the truth isn’t important to Walt because of his friends Joe Stagni, Gregory Carroll and to a lesser degree Kent Denapolis (although I hear Walt owes Kent some money from a failed business, which seems plausible given the other issues in Walt’s background that we’ve covered) have voted for most of what comprises the Kenner 2030 plan.

Walt says he’s all about the facts, let’s start by getting them straight!

It’s the council stupid!

 

What Walt now owes us…….

So I was intrigued by Old Bennetti’s conception that he didn’t cost taxpayers any money with his suit —- I have a more grounded reality based on when the bonds would have been sold sans CFABK intervention and when they were actually sold following the prolonged lifespan of the appeal being dropped.

These are just a few options in the breakdowns for your consideration of what Walt really owes you!

 Amount Walt Cost Kenner               $2,100,000.00

$2,100,000.00 / 67,000    (Total Population) = $31.34

$2,100,000.00 / 38,277 (Registered Voters) = $56.33

$2,100,000.00 / 26,817 (Households)            = $78.30

$2,100,000.00 / 21,641(Real Estate Parcels )= $97.05 (Bennetti won’t get this bill because he doesn’t own any taxable property in Kenner… or anyplace else)

When I see him, I’m going to ask him for my $97.05 — I wonder if he’ll pay me in cash or out of his campaign account? It was his stunt to get his name out, surely he’ll argue that it’s a campaign expense…….

with Walt, everything is just a simple misunderstanding or a mistake….(response included)

Yes, it’s a mistake!

Editorially, I find it so very interesting that a man who’s spent an inordinate amount of time bashing an elected official, taking statements and situations out of context for his own purposes, yet is out of patience when someone points out the inequalities of his own statements….. curious? – CONNIE

Response to Walt Bennetti’s comments on Slabbed.org

When a friend sent me this link, I actually thought that I would read something regarding the Kenner Mayor’s race – not a promotion piece for the ramblings, lies and misinformation spewed by Mike Yenni and Greg Buisson through their rube, Connie Montgomery. So says Joe Stagni’s most staunch defender.If Ms. Montgomery (or Slabbed, for that matter) bothered to do their homework (or actually read), they would note that there are at least 15 lies put forth by Ms. Montgomery with no documentation. I’m not going to address them here as I have better things to, like campaign. As an attorney, and a former judicial candidate, Ms. Montgomery should know the difference between facts and innuendo. As a candidate, I realize that I am putting myself out there to scrutiny and I’ve written about, and accepted, the mistakes that I’ve made in my life. You may have offered up some of the mistakes you’ve made in your life, but you’ve been silent on plenty, hoping the media won’t notice or call you on the gaps. That being said, the First Amendment or the Public Figure law, does not extend to malicious slander, and Ms. Montgomery should know that distinction. Since she is providing Slabbed with legal advice (and, in return, no doubt) Slabbed is trying to send traffic to her page, Slabbed is a witting or unwitting accomplish. In any event, hopefully, Slabbed is getting better legal advice than Ms. Montgomery can offer. I got my degree from the University of Alabama – where did you get yours Walt? 

Cue Mr. Bennetti (this is where he goes into his riffs about everything in life being Mr. Yenni’s fault.)  If the people of Kenner don’t want me as there Mayor and would rather have a corrupt man who gives no-bid contracts to his friends, tried to double property taxes, has more political appointees than at any time in Kenner history, gave those political appointees $200,000 a year in allowances to drive back and forth from their homes to city hall and to pay their cell phones, who opposed 2 Good Government Charter Changes that were approved by 70% of the voters in Kenner, and used semantics to take on the largest debt in Kenner’s history without a voter referendum, that’s fine. At least, there will be a vote and the people will decide – not Mike Yenni’s Millionaire Friends.I doubt that the Mayor is under the influence of some roving group of millionaires, but I’m pretty sure that you’ve put on your tinfoil hat and said it enough times so that it became true. 

I’ve offered plans to turnaround the Esplanade Mall; reinvigorate Williams Blvd, West Esplanade and Airline Highway without new taxes or new debt; provide real economic development in Kenner as opposed to window dressing; turn the Old Kenner High School into a South Kenner Library and computer resource center/job training center to afford members of our community to learn new skills and get higher paying jobs in the new economy (Yenni wants to turn it into more City offices); fully fund our Fire Department and get up to the National standard of 4-men on a truck; and bring openness and transparency to Kenner and end the “pay to play” mentality of the Yenni Administration.

Now, regarding some of Ms. Montgomery’s assertions and lies:

As most people in Kenner (Ms. Montgomery not-withstanding) know, for the past two years, I’ve been undergoing extensive therapy to keep my left leg attached.

Walt, I know that your goal in constantly drawing attention to your leg is to acquire people’s sympathy for your condition. I deal with people on disability working through medical issues every day. They don’t run for mayor and then bring up their infirmity at every possible chance. You however, love the attention as you hope they won’t notice the issues in your past. Based on what I’ve read of your posts, your leg got infected because you did not go to the doctor on a timely basis (weeks?) and put you own self in jeopardy. This may sound callous, but seems like Ms. Byler should have made you go to the doctor long before your leg was literally rotting off of you? Why would you wait? 

In fact, I had my 15th operation on March 5th. While I was hospitalized and fighting to stay alive from the infection that had spread through my body, I shut down all of my businesses. Why would I keep inactive corporations active and on the tax roll? These “businesses” were not in good standing with the Secretary of State prior to your injury. How does that make sense? But, it’s a common tactic by Greg Buisson to infer that someone is a “bad businessman”. I don’t know Mr. Buisson, but I am saying that in my opinion he’d be right to infer that you are indeed a “bad businessman!”

Answer me this, what do you do for money? Your report leads one to believe that you didn’t file your taxes, don’t have a job, have no business interests. Explain how you are living. One does not rent a house and somehow have the means to have 0 resources per these reports. Answer this one question – what do you do?

Ms. Montgomery claims that I have a “war on women” because I’ve criticized the fact that a former secretary with no Purchasing or IT experience (and no government or management experience either) was promoted to Interim Purchasing Director and now, IT Director and given an almost $30,000 raise. Ms. Montgomery believes that I am attacking her because this person is a single mother (a fact that I was not aware of). Lots of facts you aren’t aware of, this I’m convinced of….    Ms. Montgomery fails to note that I was raised by a single mother and have repeatedly called my mother “the strongest person that I know”. I was also raised by a divorced mother, which is the proper term! But I don’t care about your mother Norman, she’s not running for Mayor. In fact, I wrote more about my life than probably any other candidate ever has and posted it warts and all, on my web site: http://www.electwaltmayor.com

You did write a lot and as I see it, however you told the story you wanted to have out there, not the facts that your records and history tell.

Ms. Montgomery asserts that there was an Attorney General’s investigation. Go sue the Baton Rouge Business Report for that inference. A simple phone call to the AG’s office would have told her that never happened. Everything with you is solved by a simple phone call, a quick check, a plausible story……  A business claimed that “there should be” an investigation and that was printed by the Baton Rouge Business Report. There was never any investigation. The worst thing that happened with my failed magazine in Baton Rouge was (wait for it…..) that I had an overzealous salesperson who claimed to have sold some ads and didn’t (…. somebody else’s fault….). Those businesses received free advertising – they were never billed, and they obviously never paid. However, this action damaged the magazine’s reputation and we folded. Yet another folded business! Let’s talk about how you had no recollection of having a mortgage for the building that housed your BRLA magazine and the resulting foreclosure and how you were sued for non-payment of that mortgage and then iced the cake by attempting to collect rent for space you did not own and now claim to have no memory of the transaction. (Wait – I know, another misunderstanding). As Tom Fitzmorris says, “but first this……”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmFRvpwVSwo

Ms. Montgomery asserts that I printed 2 issues of Inside Jefferson Parish. We actually printed 4 – 3 of them are available online. Send me the link, when you reply to this….but regardless, there would have been no prohibition on you operating the magazine and running for office — The last issue was August 2011 finished in July for August distribution and qualifying for JP Council (my other attempt at public office) was in September 2011 It was over in November. Your former employees and landlord (you remember paying them, right?) paint a different picture – we can bring them in as needed to enlighten your recollection.  I injured my leg in January of 2012 which stopped me from relaunching the magazine after Mardi Gras 2012. You were asked to leave the address on Harvard prior to the end of the year in 2010 under less than positive circumstances and would have no option to return there — (I know …. another misunderstanding.)

Ms. Montgomery says that there is a 16-year gap between 1979 and 1995 that is unaccounted for. In fact, I wrote about my moving up the ladder in radio, moving from Tampa to Lansing to Toledo and back to Tampa, getting married and divorced, etc. Ms. Montgomery says that “sometime before 1998″ I got divorced. My divorce was final in 1987, and I clearly wrote about that in the timeline.

Ms. Montgomery drags up a legal disciplinary hearing that I attended as a witness for my stepfather to assert that I am somehow responsible for some decisions that he made with his business. My stepfather paid an attorney to represent him and the attorney disappeared. I was never an employee of my stepfather’s business, never drew a paycheck, never worked anything remotely associated with regular hours and had limited involvement in the business. Again, this disciplinary case has more to do with an attorney stealing money and misrepresenting my stepdad than it has anything to do with me. You were listed as a  registered agent and you were referenced in the disciplinary action as co-owner. (It’s ok if you don’t remember, I have paperwork….. )

Ms. Montgomery makes several assertions regarding the portion of the building that I leased in Baton Rouge. (it was a mortgageWhen I was confronted with that information (12 years after the fact), I answered the questions posed truthfully. Yet again, the misunderstandings — just cause you run from the process server, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. This “lawsuit” and “foreclosure” never appeared on my credit report, never came up in a background check and was never served on me. Ms. Montgomery asserts that I “dodged” service. If you look at the paperwork, despite having my home address, they were trying to serve me in the wrong parish. I never knew about this “lawsuit” until a manilla envelope was taped to my front door when I ran for office in 2011 and, then, a few days later, shown the information by a reporter. You continue to talk around the issue of your demand for rent from the other tenant which is the most unbelievable part of the circumstance AND you still didn’t write about it in your “warts and all” biography. 

Again, I’m not going to defend myself here. I’ll save that for the courts after the election. I’ve probably already said too much. I just thought that Slabbed was better than this. Certainly, Doug knows my email address (probably my cell number too) and could have asked me to discuss this. Perhaps if he would have done even a modicum of actual reporting he would have fallen for this obvious political move. But hey, I guess I should be flattered knowing that Yenni, Buisson and Montgomery are pulling out all the stops to try to discredit me right? Slabbed readers should know that, just because someone says (or writes) something, that doesn’t make it true. Amen Brother Bennetti, you should know that this is the ultimate irony, because when you write something on your computer or the internet, you seem to believe it’s unassailable. I find you to be a jealous, pitiful and spiteful man. I see through you, I see why no woman wants you and I may arrange some face time for you and the people you still have open financial issues with…… where are you knocking doors this weekend, when is your next public appearance?

Walt Bennetti March 25, 2014 at 12:28 am

First of all, the “claim” that the lawsuit cost the city $2.1 Million is completely false. The bonds were priced and sold prior to the lawsuit being heard and before the City Council had given their final approval. They could have been priced and sold at any time as there was a disclaimer in the bond package regarding the law suit.While Ms. Montgomery can continue repeating Mayor Yenni’s lies and misinformation, the fact is that HE cost city residents $17 Million in interest. That interest is wasted money that could have been used to fund infrastructure, fire and police protection and other projects.Besides, even if Ms. Montgomery and Yenni are correct and I cost the city $2.1 Million, I helped save taxpayers $13 Million a year in new and increased taxes so, in the eyes of Kenner taxpayers (read: 6 enabling sycophant malcontents and other friends of Joe Stagni….), I’m still way ahead.  As usual, the same theme, I’m right – everybody else is wrong, it’s all a misunderstanding.

Also, Ms. Montgomery is wrong in that I have NEVER been sued in Shreveport. (but lots of other places?) 

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I’ve never heard of GZA Environmental Well, Walt, they’ve heard of you! and I can find no record of an office in Shreveport. I was never served the lawsuit in Baton Rouge (one, not 2) and it obviously never went to court. (see the posts above dude! Obviously it was adjudicated, note the docket numbers, see the NOTICE OF RETURN which delineates the Sheriff’s Service in the second paragraph! AND OBVIOUSLY Mr. Silvio and the New Richmond Corporation got their building back via the Sheriff’s sale conducted by Elmer Litchfield, Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish)  Don’t say you were never sued, Walter! And here the papers Yes, I was sued twice in Jefferson Parish although Ms. Montgomery fails to note that I was sued by Ben Zahn (who lost both times). The lawsuits in Jefferson Parish were well documented with articles on Nola.com.

When I’ve answered Ms. Montgomery’s assertions and lies she tries to spin and come up with other nonsense. I guess she can’t refute the fact that I was raised by a single mother and use that to point to my “war on women”. This could be the very reason for your war on women. The most despicable misogynists in the world have a mother and many of them could be single mothers. Get over it, you don’t like women and it could be said that they don’t like you.

Can’t refute my leg injury and 15 operations over the past two years – THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING MAYOR – ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD VOTE FOR YOU OUT OF PITY —- let’s drag up an old gas credit card bill for $900. I challenged the debt, misunderstanding, I forgot — and they can’t prove that I owed it. Yeah, that’s earth shattering news. Before Ms. Montgomery alerts the media, I also have an outstanding debt with AT&T where someone opened an account with my name (I had Sprint for 10 years and never had an account with AT&T). But, you probably already know that and just don’t want to tell people the whole truth and would rather toss out your lies and hope that I don’t see them or have time to keep wasting refuting your pettiness.

I still owe the court $20. The horror!

As for the lawsuit against the city, it is my understanding that all fees have been paid (especially since we prepaid and the court issued us a refund – why would they give us a refund if we owed the court money?). – yet another misunderstanding — check again! 

I’m also curious as to why Ms. Montgomery claims that I was “not permitted” to file on behalf of CFBK. I filed as an individual and as President of CFBK. Any individual can file a claim regarding a bond debt sale. If I was “not permitted” to file on behalf of CFBK, that would have been grounds for the suit to be thrown out immediately. Wasn’t it already thrown out because of abnormalities —-But, of course, I’m not the bond debt legal expert that Ms. Montgomery is. You signed as Council for the CFABK – my bar complaint will include your excuse that you are not a bond attorney.  Your nonsense has harmed the citizens of Kenner.  You did not file the suit correctly, you did not file a memorandum in opposition until the day before the hearing, and then had the gall to file an appeal when your suit was dismissed.  Of course, you eventually dropped the appeal, but not until the deadline for filing your brief was a few days away.  My instinct tells me that you never intended to follow through with the appeal to begin with.  You just wanted to take your venom out on Yenni, but it landed on the citizens of Kenner!  Shame on you.

Now, the question still remains, why would a woman that I’ve never met or spoken to and wouldn’t know if she walked up to me on the street and introduced herself wearing a t-shirt that said “I’m Connie Montgomery” would take such an interest in me and my candidacy. Maybe I should have investigated her – how is it you’ve got the right to investigate me, but I’m an “evil woman” because I’ve questioned your less than stellar credentials — misogyny at work  when she ran but, the voters obviously did. I’m also certain that we won’t be seeing any “investigative reporting” on Ms. Montgomery in Slabbed anytime soon.

Hopefully Doug, you are getting better legal advice because, obviously, Ms. Montgomery’s judgement in choosing political consultants is not very good. At least, if I lose, I’ll only have myself to blame and not someone who gave me “bad advice” that cost me $4,000. Maybe she’ll do better next time because I’m sure she’s made a deal with Greg Buisson and Mike Yenni. Of course, coming in 4th in a 4 horse race, there really is nowhere to go but up, right? What is that old line – unless you’re the lead horse, your view never changes… Close, It’s the lead dog, but an ironic choice of words for the guy who finished behind Ben Zahn (galling for you, I know) and a time-worn retired judge with his share of issues – One thing I’m sure of, you’ve been looking at that very scenery you mentioned your whole life.

Enjoy the view and your 15 minutes of fame Ms. Montgomery. As for the truth being a defense, you wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit you. You wouldn’t either Walt, I’ll bet your pathology ensures that….  Now, post away because I’m done with this, for now.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/jefferson_parish_juvenile_cour_3.html

– See more at: http://slabbed.org/2014/03/21/for-those-that-didnt-know-weve-got-us-a-mayors-race-in-kenna-brah/#comments

 A word to Walt:  I hope you do sue me – I will have some extensive questions for you to answer under oath and I will be doing the asking. We’ll get to the bottom of your whole life story and you’ll be footing the bill. 

Even his campaign is “not in good standing”……

I can’t understand for the life of me what Walt Bennetti does for a living.  He says he’s a blogger, but his “blog” is really a shrine to his ongoing slow burn with Yenni, complete with his own media releases and his commentary on his own personal actions as if he were a member of the media.

I know that some bloggers sell advertising, Walt doesn’t! He seems to have an abundance of free time, but what does blogging really pay? How does he eat? When is someone going to ask these questions?

Consider this, every corporation that Walt is the sole or principal entity is currently “not in good standing with the state!” LLC’s, Corporations, you name it, all out of favor with the folks in Tom Schedler’s office.

Don’t take my word, see for yourself;

SOS - Inside Jefferson Parish Magazine - 31314 1 - - Copy SOS - Vertex Media - 31314 1 - - Copy SOS - Tiger Media - 31314 1 - - Copy SOS - Walt Bennetti Campaign, Inc - 31314 1 - - Copy 

Wait, he’s running for office and even the corporation he formed to house his campaign activity is “NOT IN GOOD STANDING” with the State……..

This is a travesty for Kenner should this man become elected!

Walt Bennetti’s war on women…….

My name is Connie, I am a woman. While I must admit I don’t know him, in my opinion, Walt Bennetti’s got serious issues with women.

I’ve read his stuff for years, wondering why he’s been so vicious to so many women. I’ve heard and read him criticize most of the women on the Kenner Council. Maybe this is why he appears to be alone in life. But it hasn’t just been a time or two, I don’t think he has any use for us.

One thing that I’m willing to say about the current Mayor is that as CAO & Mayor, he’s given great responsibility to many women and they make up a majority of his team. Some of them appear to be single moms and I applaud the man for this aspect of his leadership!

You can Google this stuff for yourself and see what I mean, but in the past, he posted some pretty derogatory things about Michelle Branigan on NOLA.com. Ok, he’s very vocal and disagrees with elected officials, but HE DID THIS WHILE BREAKING HIS NECK TO DEFEND Joe Stagni after he got a little snap happy with his digital camera??????  Yep, he was defending that! Sick, right?

I’ve seen him be downright vicious and ugly to Maria Defrancesch at council meeting and in his writings. When he was crusading with the strip club owners, dive bar patrons and video poker operators to keep things the same (gross) in the old Fat City. During this time he was repeatedly horrendously rude and unpleasant to Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng in his posts and in speaking out at public events. Narcissistic and troubling.

In the past few years, he’s referred to some of the top members of the Mayor’s senior staff as secretaries and has been especially derogatory in his focus on beating up on these women and the jobs they hold. Most of the jobs he’s “pledged” to get rid of are jobs being held by these women, Just look at his website;

Consolidate City Departments, reduce the number of political appointees and hire competent, experienced City Department Directors.

So because he hates Yenni, he assumes that these women who now work in the administration are not competent? Is he jealous, jaded or just a strange man who can’t stand to see a woman succeed? He’s even looking to get rid of the woman who runs the Pontchartrain Center, and she works for SMG, the people who run the Superdome.

Re-bid the Pontchartrain Center contract and stop spending Hundreds of Thousands in your tax dollars to subsidize SMG, an international company, to “manage” the building. 

At the end of the day, Bennetti is an odd guy who certainly has some issues with women in power. Wonder what that stems from?  I’ve been to a number of these crazy forums and I’ve seen the wives and families of most of these candidates in attendance, Bennetti sits alone & stares at the wall in this disturbing manner.

I don’t think he likes us much, but that’s just my opinion….. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be getting any Yuletide greetings from him this year.

The Troubling Bennetti Bio – Part 2

So I dug into Walt Bennetti’s background beginning with his time in Louisiana based on his “about walt” page on his campaign website and I find it curious that when the circumstance suits him, Walt defines the companies he worked for and provides a tremendous amount of detail. However, when it doesn’t, he’s awfully short on specifics……

In 1995, I began consulting a family-owned company in New Iberia that owned a radio station, two magazines and a billboard company. Until the owner called me, the only thing I knew about New Iberia was that they made Tabasco there (now the company says Tabasco is made on Avery Island). I had been to Louisiana many times but, this time was different and in early 1996, I moved to Louisiana and settled in Acadiana, living in New Iberia and, after a few years, moved to Broussard, a suburb of Lafayette about 10 minutes from New Iberia. During the mid-1990’s, the media industry consolidated and consulting work, particularly in radio, declined.

Ok, so Bennetti and his family’s mailbox & copy shop is failing (as evidenced by the information in the disciplinary action against his legal counsel) and his marriage ends in Tampa FL, all sometime before 1998. Somehow he ends up in Lafayette and then New Iberia. Nothing much is said about this big move 1/3 of the way across the country and his work in Louisiana as a radio consultant, nor is the business named, he does however, introduce the topic of a print magazine….. But consider this, consultants don’t move to the places where they have contracts, they work from where they are and fly/drive to meetings or presentations. The people who move and settle in the area where the business operates are called employees. He sites no friends, no significant others, no real relationships, just an opportunity or maybe even a whim. As will become a recurring theme of abandonment, one is led to believe that he abandoned his career that he claims to love (radio/TV/media/consulting) on a whim, to start a print magazine.

In late 1998, I launched a magazine in Baton Rouge, commuting daily from New Iberia. The magazine published one issue and closed.

Bennetti devotes one sentence to this failed endeavor in his bio, but the records tell an amazing amount more…. In December 1998, Bennetti signed a mortgage for a commercial building from the New Richmond Corporation on North Harrell’s Ferry Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Seven days later, in January 1999, the owner of New Richmond Corp, Henry Charles Silvio recorded the mortgage. In a story reported by Richard Rainey on NOLA.com, Mr. Bennetti couldn’t explain how this $320,000.00 (+8% interest) mortgage came to hold his signature. Despite being notarized and showing a clear legal description derived from a meets and bounds survey (things that are developed for the sale of a specific, individual plot of land) . Also included in the document were Walt’s social security number and other personal information regarding his marital status, the name of his former wife and the city & state where they were divorced, these are purposely added to this purchase instrument  to demonstrate his right to a clear title. This information that would never be included in a random property lease. Bennetti eventually ran away from the bond for deed arrangement with Mr. Silvio once his business was all falling apart.

  1. First the mortgage document – Bennetti BRLA Mortgage 12-1998 – Copy
  2. Next is the Bennetti BRLA Mortgage Suit 4-1999 – Copy, which states the extremes Mr. Silvio was required to do to take his building back
  3. Finally Bennetti BRLA Mortgage – Petition to enforce the order and remove Bennetti as owner via sheriff’s sale.

Bennetti dodged service and forced the owner to spend much more money on appointing counsel to represent him. And even though Walt wouldn’t let himself be found for service, he was right there all along. In fact as you can see from these documents, Bennetti Dispute w-Parsons Tennent 6-1999 – Copy he ends up in another lawsuit for trying to collect rent from the existing tenants, on a building he didn’t own and NEVER EVEN PAID THE FIRST DOLLAR FOR,. He did all of this while his rights were being removed through adjudication, leaving the building to be sold by the sheriff at auction. Contrary to the head scratching story he gave Rich Rainey of NOLA.Com  http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/10/mystery_mortgage_leaves_jeffer.html – he can’t remember signing a mortgage, which is convenient since he probably doesn’t want anyone to remember the threat to take the property of the Parsons company or the accompanying law suit to protect their interests. So far, Mr. Bennetti’s travels south of I-10 have been less than stellar and we’ve not yet told the story of the Capitol City Now, his one issue printed magazine.

Capitol City Now’s story is best told by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – a sort of a cross between New Orleans Gambit & City Business.

The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report dated 1/5/99 “Boasting more choice in editorial content and advertising, a new weekly alternative news magazine is set to launch in Baton Rouge later this month, adding to the city’s growing field of publications. Capital City Now will hit local newsstands on Jan. 21, said owner and publisher Walter A. Bennetti, a New Iberia businessman. His plan is ambitious–a tabloid-size, four-color, glossy magazine with a circulation of 60,000 distributed in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, West Feliciana, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and Ascension parishes. It will have one of the area’s largest circulations, second only to the Advocate, Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper . … “

Only a short time later, Bennetti made more news in Baton Rouge Capitol City Now – BR Business Report 1999 – Copy when his magazine hit the skids in a huge way.

Now I don’t want to pile on, but it’s kind of spectacularly amazing that Benetti got the State Attorney General looking up his businesses practices in only a few short weeks after he opened the door……. 

He provides a lot of specifics about this next period when he worked in the convenience store industry, but in 2001, about the time when Mr. Bennetti leaving his job with Racetrac Petroleum, Mr. Bennetti was sued by a company called GZA Environmental in Shreveport LA by the Babovich & Speadle LLP law firm over $4580 on an open account. I can’t figure why he would need such an account and there are no records to show that Mr. Bennetti ever resolved this matter.

I could write more, but this is a lot for today and I’ll stop – if you are keeping track, that’s 4 lawsuits in three cities since his move to Louisiana to say nothing of his being investigated by the State Attorney General…..

Soon I’ll get into my feelings regarding the way Mr. Bennetti treats women, highlight his obstructionist behavior and show the ways he’s cost the City of Kenner money.

The Troubling Bennetti Bio – Part 1

So I read Walt Bennetti’s “About Walt” page detailing his life. On it’s face, the level of detail is stunning – more than 2600 words. I’d be wrong to say that he discusses his experiences, because it is more like he’s trying to explain the connections between his various “careers” as well as his trail of failed businesses & bad decisions. I’m not kidding when I say this, he admits to a number of his failed businesses. Because of the amount of detail listed in this page, the gaps that it does not fully address made me wonder, so I started comparing and that’s where the troubling part comes in……

To begin with, I remembered that there were a number of issues raised by Rich Rainey of nola.com about Walt’s time in college at University of Southern Florida when he ran for the Parish Council in 2011. In his current bio on his campaign website, Mr. Bennetti doesn’t list the USF.

After graduation, I went to college for two reasons – to pacify my parents and to play baseball. The truth is, from Grade School on I was bored in school. I got good grades, again, to pacify my parents and that was never an issue. But, I was never really a committed student. I learned from reading and doing – not staring at a chalkboard or listening to someone’s version of history.

In 1979, after one semester at Hiram College in Ohio, a small, liberal arts college, I left school and moved to Tampa where I delved even deeper into another passion of mine: radio.

Wait? What happened to the written candidate profile he gave the TP/NOLA.com in which he claimed to have spent three years at USF & is quoted in the story as having spent “more than a semester” at USF? Curious, right? More importantly, Bennetti constantly criticizes others that are in elective office about their backgrounds and suitability for office based on these backgrounds (based on his opinion), yet he admits to only a semester in college this go round, has abandoned his “story” about having spent three years at USF and openly talks about at least three failed businesses in this part of the bio….

So, at this point I’m really curious as I read the Bennetti story, which goes on to demonstrate a 16 year gap between 1979, the year of the semester in college he admits to attending and 1995 when he says he moved to New Iberia. He says that he moved a bunch while he worked in radio, which is believable as radio tends to be a fairly transient business. Although he never states the name of a company he worked for during this period, he claims to have begun management consulting with radio & tv outlets. I don’t believe that a young man in his 20’s would be called upon to serve as a consultant of any magnitude as he says he was. Conversely, the only verifiable information on his background comes via court records from lawsuits that he was involved in and the Florida Department of State’s corporations database say he was a part owner in businesses called Florida Mailing, Shipping and Printing, which later did business as Pack & Print. No mention of media consulting in these records. What they do mention is that Walter and his step-father seemed to make some poor decisions regarding their choice of lawyer, who ran his practice out of a used car lot and frequented Bennetti’s copy shop. The record shows that the attorney in this action (Brakefield)  was sanctioned in FL (Brakefield Disciplinary Action – 1996 –) for his poor representation of Bennetti and his family, which is regrettable. This is a tremendous amount of data to weed through, but as I read it, it was not lost on me that in a very short time Bennetti’s family seemed to have a great need for a lawyer, being involved in actions that involved a copy machine that was removed from his business against his wishes, issues with the family’s early termination of the company’s storefront lease, a payment conflict with the people that sold the mailbox/shipping/copy business to Bennetti’s family and a conflict with a condo neighbor over the cost/validity of repairs.

Also absent from his bio is an explanation of the $8,798.19 tax lien from 1991 for the tax period from 1987 – 1990. But I’m sure that it’s someone else’s fault.  Bennetti Tax Lien – 1991

So MB’s time in FLA seems to be fraught with bad decisions, bad business deals, bad news – I wish that this was the end – soon in Part 2 of this post, I’ll dig into his time since he moved here to Louisiana.

Bennetti’s 2014 Campaign Disclosure

When someone signs up to run for office they are required to submit a disclosure of their income and business interests at the time of their qualifying. This is an important component of the political process as it defines the candidate’s business, financial and volunteer interests.

As an illustration, here’s the disclosure from Mr. Bennetti’s prior race for a District seat on the Jefferson Parish Council.

W. Bennetti – EthicsDisclosure 110928 (1)

As you can see, in September 2011 Candidate Bennetti understands the whole disclosure and completes all the applicable details including his certification of filing his prior year’s tax information AND business information.

Next, please see the attached disclosure from December 2013 in his campaign for Mayor of Kenner.

W. Bennetti – EthicsDisclosure 131220 (1)

Note the absence of the required tax certification and any business or work interests – a distinct change from his situation just two years ago. One is led to believe that he has no job and has not paid his taxes. That said, I am sure Mr. Bennetti is counting on the fact that most folks won’t ever read or compare these items, but they are very important considerations when you want to be in charge of collecting taxes from others on behalf of the City and given his intense criticism of the current Mayor’s time working in government when he makes it clear that he has no job or income, yet want’s to be the Mayor of the 6th largest city in Louisiana? ……..Seriously?

Also illustrative of this point is the rhetoric Mr. Bennetti puts out via his Facebook pages and his campaign/other websites regarding his work and business interests.

From his Facebook page.

Publisher/Owner at Inside Jefferson Parish Magazine and Publisher/Owner at ClickJefferson.com

and then from his electwaltmayor.com website

In 2006, I launched a web site, ClickJefferson.com, to provide Jefferson Parish News and Information. The web site featured the only Jefferson Parish-exclusive Business Directory. In 2012, I closed down the web site portion of ClickJefferson.com and it morphed into a blog where I post primarily political commentary.

In 2011, I started another business, launching a magazine about Jefferson Parish. Later in 2011, the opportunity presented itself to run for Jefferson Parish Council to represent portions of Kenner and Metairie. Since I couldn’t run the magazine and run for office simultaneously, and I wanted to make a bigger difference in Jefferson Parish and in Kenner, I shut down the magazine to focus full-time on the campaign. Obviously, this was not a smart move as I was not elected.

Another inconsistency in Mr. Bennetti’s story (I’m learning that he’s got a lot of inconsistencies & misunderstandings in his life) is the suggestion that he couldn’t run his magazine and run for office at the same time. He published two editions of his failed publication in May and June of 2011 yet qualifying for the JP Council didn’t start till September 2011.

Having a bone to pick with an elected official is one motivation, and even running for office to hold them accountable for things you disagree with is another, thinking that the people of Kenner are so stupid as to not notice these issues is just ludicrous!