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When I first met Buddy Caldwell, I hadn’t heard of him before. I only knew of two candidates in the A.G.’s race, Foti and Alexander. The greetings were made, and then the first thing out of Caldwell’s mouth was how bad Charles Foti was. I listened as he told me how bad this guy, but then the next thing out of his mouth was how bad Royal Alexander was. Needless to say, I walked away from him thinking I’d rather have Charles Foti than this nasty man as Attorney General.
You would think that his focus so early in the campaign would be why he’d be a superior Attorney General, but further research explains why Buddy Caldwell doesn’t even think he’d be a superior at the job. Before I get into all that, I want to talk about Royal for a moment.
He’s got his scandals mind you, he isn’t perfect. Like many of you, I didn’t like that email he sent out. It wasn’t right what he said, but after finding out the email was sent out at 1 a.m., well, it’s not excusable, but much more understandable, especially during a campaign.
There’s no consistency in his so called scandals. We’ve heard about the lawsuit against him, but take into consideration that the girl was the scheduler who sent her boss to the wrong location for a very big meeting, and upon demotion, sues Alexander. We’ve all seen the pissed off ex-employee who tried to get even because they lost their job. Further examination of this situation reveals that this indeed is the case. That’s not just me saying it, but your federal government saying it.
The third so called scandal involves a page and Mark Foley, in which, Foley apparently had contacted a page. Again, this isn’t Royal doing anything in it, other than the person who worked for him was involved in with Foley. Should we hold this man guilty because he was in the same city and talked with many of the same people as Foley? When something bad happens in your town, do you expect everybody to be held responsible, or just the culprit who committed the wrong doing?
The point is, we’ve all been accused of wrong doing at points in our life, but it’s when there’s a consistency, then we have a problem. There’s no consistency in the accusations. All three incidents are in no way related to the other, not even in the actions.
But with Buddy Caldwell, there’s clearly consistency in how he ran his office. Here’s a man who abused the funds of his office, and when the legislative auditor caught him, Caldwell began to use foul language, use racist name calling, false accusations, and threatened the auditor. He even subpoenaed two of Dr. Dan Kyle’s investigators. That was in 1997.
In 1995, Buddy Caldwell had another problem, again with his temper. He left his wife in December of 1994 and went to Las Vegas to get married to his third wife. Buddy called up his child hood friend Fox McKeithen and she was hired as a confidential assistant to McKeithen. The following May, she filed for a divorce. Four days after filing, she was fired from her job. Again, like Dr. Kyle, his soon to be ex-wife felt threatened. She even felt so threatened that she had a restraining order put on Caldwell, which Caldwell apparently disobeyed.
Then there was Judge Patricia Hedges, a case where Buddy Caldwell brought charges of Extortion, Public Bribery, and Malfeasance. Without any explanation, Buddy Caldwell dropped the charges against Judge Hedges. There’s only two explanations I have to this, either Buddy Caldwell didn’t have a case, in which case damaging the reputation of 5 innocent people, or he was looking for a payoff and got it. Either way, it doesn’t look good for Caldwell.
And then there was State v. Robert Todd Griffin, a case in which 6 time felony convict Griffin beat up James Hill, who later died of his injuries. That was in 2005, it’s two years later and Buddy Caldwell still hasn’t prosecuted the guy… not bad for a guy who’s got a supposed conviction rate. What’s he doing? Cherry picking his cases?
He’s spent 29 years as an elected official in Louisiana, and it’s shows. It’s in his character, it’s in his blood, this is who he is. Say what you want about Royal Alexander or Charles Foti, but both are clearly a step above Caldwell. Buddy Caldwell is clearly too dangerous to serve as Attorney General.