A Little Charity for Kate

May 24, 2007

After “acquiring” responsibility for losing State Farm Insurance in Monroe, later earning the blame for losing the Guide Plant, and then later bungling the deal with Toyota, soon-to-be former Governor Kathleen Blanco is receiving a bit of charity.
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Many could easily say that “on her way out” Gov. Blanco deserves nothing from a region that has been so badly neglected by her Administration. The most glaring neglect and obvious imbalance in efforts were displayed when Blanco’s Administration did little more than take a vacation to Japan to lure Toyota to NELA, but threw everything but the kitchen sink, valued at over ONE BILLION DOLLARS, at ThyssenKrupp, a German steel manufacturer, to locate in south Louisiana. Unfortunately for the “geauxing” Governor, she displayed the greatest incompetence and consistency in her losing attempts to gain the steel mill for Louisiana.

Nevertheless, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is generously contributing some positive donations to the legacy of the worst Governor in Louisiana history (even with one former Governor sitting in prison). Accent Marketing Services has chosen Monroe as their newest location for a 550 employee call center and will make good use of the former State Farm building for its business. The building was nearly written off when Katrina evacuees disgustingly abused the facility, but was salvaged by the State afterwards with an initial plan to locate the Delta Community College in the building. A new location for the Community college allowed Monroe to utilize the building for recruiting badly needed new business and jobs to the region.

Later this morning, our “not gone soon enough” Governor will sing her own praises (because no one else would dare) and announce the new incoming business.

Hopefully, officials will move to rename the building so references to State Farm can cease. Of some concern would be the mistake to name the facility after the person that deserves it the least, as the public anxiously awaits her leaving the Governor’s Mansion.

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Are you referring to Blanco's trip to Japan in July 2005 as the visit to Toyota?

4unionparish
4unionparish

"*", I am well aware of what Gulf States Toyota is in relation to Toyota. I will be holding my breath. ;)

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Next time the rep is here (he's here about three times a year), I'll ask and see if he's interested in making any "on the record" statements, but the talk we had with him was not formal by any means. None the less, he was quite sure of what he had to say about it. Bear in mind this one thing, Gulf States Toyota is not the same as Toyota Motor Corporation, as they're two entirely different entities, connected by new vehicle & parts sales through the Houston based port location, that being a franchised wholesaler business.

4unionparish
4unionparish

"*", This is great information IF you can confirm it. Do you think Gulf States Toyota would go on the record with that information? My personal experience with them would not allow me any hope. It would be very important that we establish a timeline to compare when you learned about the decision by Toyota and when the different Gov't activities in Louisiana took place. Your statements, IF TRUE, could point to some serious corruption and payoffs, and involve a large crowd of folks, both in the Legislature and the Governor's Office. This could actually make you quite the hero, should you be so inclined. My opinions are certainly just that, as are yours. Perhaps you would like to divulge the address to your blog so that we might be able to afford you the same criticisms. I can not vouch for your opinion as you do not provide any links or confirmed sources that you use to shape YOUR opinion. HOWEVER, my opinions are based in research that is linked/sourced. My opinions are also based on conversations with U.S Congressmen, conversations with State Representatives to include the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, various candidates for Louisiana Governor, several mayors and judges, a candidate for Attorney General, teachers, political leaders, charitable organizations, school board reps., numerous civic leaders, lots of Veterans to include the Vice Chairman of Veterans Affairs Commission, friends, neighbors, countless strangers, and a bunch of folks I will now owe an apology to for not mentioning them. I should, to be polite, thank you for taking the time to make two comments on my remarks, especially given your baseless, low opinion of them. I hope you will find the courage to step-up and confirm your remarks and afford our readers the opportunity to give you whatever credibility you MIGHT deserve. I look forward to your continued response, but if you would like to make this conversation more private, you can contact me at 4unionparish@louisianaconservative.com.

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No, the deal was not up for grabs as you put it, Toyota Motor Corporation had already decided on two possible locations. This was told to me by our district rep @ Gulf States Toyota, long before they made it known publicly. If you were there at our conversation, you would've heard it too. You shouldn't think so highly of your opinions, as they're really nothing but full blown speculation. Period.

Susan
Susan

I have to ask if Blanco, really was doing her job and not just taking a vacation at the taxpayers expense.Why did she not have someone pick up the litter on the interstate.Seeing she could not even bother having someone pick up the litter,shows me she was more worried over the vacation than helping Louisiana.Come on even for governor blanco that should have been an easy job to take care of. But someone could say that is not the governors job to make our state look attractive to the Toyota delegation.Nothing is our Governor job it seems and it is always someone elses fault. Vote Barrack Obama for president and Bobby Jindal for Governor of louisiana if you want real change and not more of the same old lies.

4unionparish
4unionparish

Of course there was a deal up for grabs. Are you saying that Kate would take her entourage to Japan just for a vacation at taxpayers expense? Are you, right here, accusing the Governor of LA of breaking the law?! If there was never a possibility of Toyota coming to NELA, then why did a delegation from Toyota come inspect the location? If there was never a possibility of Toyota coming to NELA, then why was the Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance hired to assist in securing the deal? If there was never a possibility of Toyota coming to NELA, then why was such a fuss raised about the litter on the interstate? This little fuss made a lot of public officials look pretty bad. You might like to enlightened yourself on that topic by reading "It Was Bubba's Fault", one of my earlier articles. http://louisianaconservative.com/?p=57 The only thing unsophisticated here, is your lack of research and your incorrect criticisms of reality.

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"and then later bungling the deal with Toyota" How can the deal be "bungled" if Louisiana was never even on Toyota's list of possible locations to build? Blank-00h might have wasted our tax dollars by taking a trip to Jay-pan and try to talk them into considering just coming on over and taking a look at the Rayville cotton fields, but that's as far as it got. As Toyota had long before that, known it was either going to build in Tennessee, or Mississippi. To keep on saying that she "bungled the deal with Toyota" is an error that makes you look very lowbrow intellectually, because there never was a deal to work with.

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