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Greater New Orleans Tea Party Message Board ELECTIONS 2019 .......ROAD TO VICTORY › 2018 JEFF PARISH SHERIFF'S ELECTION


user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 5,505
Thanks for your comments, Mary Alice!
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 5,506
As always.... MY comments. Please feel free to post yours.....

Last night, WDSU Travers Mackel conducted a "debate" between the two candidates for Jeff Parish Sheriff: John Fortunato and Joe Lopinto.
Here is the video:­

This was a very brief (20 minute) debate allowing maximum of 60 seconds for candidate response to questions not a lot of details or NEW info.

Most of the questions focused on the same issues covered in other forums/debates.
Both candidates discussed their backgrounds and perceived qualifications for the job ...nothing new here.

Both candidates address their plans for keeping citizens safe and running the Dept. Nothing new here either IMO...... Fortunato focused on citizen safety and community policing , Lopinto on administrative duties as Sheriff and catching criminals after they have committed crimes.
MY score: Fortunato plus +1

Worthless question on how candidates felt about UNO/WDSU poll showing Fortunato in the lead. Waste of time, IMO, other than to spotlight WDSU participation in the poll.

Another question asked and answered many times in previous forums about "ethical" complaints against each candidate. Lopinto asked about his direction to his deputies to obtain spying tape of Fortunato in a coffee shop. Lopinto LIED previously about what he knew and when he knew it but spun his answer claiming he did nothing wrong. (I discussed this in my original post above.) IMO, this Lopinto incident is a serious breach of ethics and a case of weaponizing the office of the Sheriff against a political opponent.
Fortunato was asked about his involvement in arranging Superdome policing details even tho previous Sheriff Newell Normand judged there was NO ethical breach in this situation.
MY score: Lopinto minus -1

Question regarding policing and safety on the West Bank. Same theme... Fortunato "community policing" , quality of life..... Lopinto catching criminals quickly. Both good ideas.
My score: a draw

UGH. another asked and answered question about qualifications. You would think WDSU could come up with some NEW questions. Again, Fortunato focused on 40+ years on the force....Lopinto on his "other" qualifications as an attorney and legislator. I do like that Fortunato tied Lopinto to the RINO State Senator Danny Martiny camp which also endorsed liberal, progressive, Marxist John Bel Edwards in the Governor's election against conservative candidate Sen David Vitter.
MY score: Fortunato +1

Here's where WDSU starts their biased questioning....
Mackel asks Fortunato how he can claim he is not a politician when "politicians' are endorsing him.....Mackel specifically lists 5 names of politicians endorsing Fortunato.
However, when moving to Lopinto on this issue, Mackel only says "you have also been endorsed by some politicians" while naming NONE ..... but instead of requiring a response from Lopinto....Mackel transitions to a question about funding for the Sheriff's Dept??????

Question regarding East Bank policing. Nothing new

A SECOND question from Mackel about endorsements.... noting that Lopinto is supposedly endorsed by many "rank and file" Sheriff Dept employees. Lopinto accepts the obviously positive spin. However, Fortunato is NOT initially given an opportunity to respond. Wisely, Fortunato then asks to respond and describes the wide support he has within the Dept.
THEN.... even tho Lopinto has already answered this question, he is given another opportunity to REBUT Fortunato's answer. Fortunato was NEVER , on any question, given a rebuttal opportunity!!!
My Score: outrageous BIAS from WDSU

Finally, the YES and NO questions with no opportunity to elaborate.

The BIG DEBATE on social media today.... the JP Parish Pres.YENNI questions!!
Q: Should Mike Yenni have resigned after his sexting scandal with a teenage boy?
Lopinto - Yes
Fortunato - NO

Q: Will you support Mike Yenni's re-election in 2019?
Fortunato - YES
Lopinto - No
MY score: Lopinto +1
I am very disturbed by Fortunato's answers to this topic. It goes to the ethical and moral standards of our candidates . I have to side with Lopinto on this one. There was no discussion on this topic and I would like an explanation from Fortunato so I have reached out to his campaign. Awaiting a response.
Must say, I do see the ethical perspective/relevance of this question....but we all know that the JP President has zero, zilch, nada governing control over the JP Sheriff's Dept . Guess the "political machine" can share campaign funding..... but Yenni will have NO direct Governance effect on the Sheriff's dept.

"The Parish is governed by a president who carries out the policies adopted by the council, the legislative body of the Parish. As chief administrative officer, the Parish President supervises all Parish operations except for the offices of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff,Clerk of Court, Assessor, Coroner, District Attorney, and the Public School Board. These agencies are legally separate from the Parish Council."

Where was the follow up question about whether the candidates endorsed leftist, tax and spend progressive , Marxist John Bel Edwards in the Governor's race in 2015 or would support him in 2019?
As Lopinto constantly reminds us, the LAWS coming out of Baton Rouge (approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor) can have a MAJOR impact on the policing in Jefferson Parish. Yenni, on the other hand, has NO power.
We KNOW that Lopinto in 2015 DID PUBLICLY ENDORSE Gov JBE (who twice endorsed global socialist, Marxist Barack Obama for President and has ,for two years, been pushing Obama's agenda in Louisiana).

My recommendation: The Sheriff's job is to keep us safe. Look at the entire platform of each candidate and make your decision.

Your comments are welcome........

If you missed our previous discussion and comments...... go back to PAGE 1 of this discussion.
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