LA State Rep. Johnny Berthelot (R-88) Flip Flops on NPV Compact

May 4, 2012

By Laura O’Halloran

Well at least it is a flip in the right direction, but the flop should not have happened in the first place and HB 1095 should never have made it out of committee with the support of any Republican at the very least.

Say "No!" to Flip Flops and the NPV

Flip flops make the voters uneasy. It shows inconsistency and causes a lack of confidence in our elected officials – especially on critical issues such as NPV where it is definitive where informed individuals stand. We build confidence, respect, and trust in decisive lawmakers, even if we don’t always agree with them. Don’t get me wrong – I am glad for this one, but like I said, we should not be in this position in the first place.

In an earlier article released by us on our site, we conveyed our regret and apologized for endorsing Rep. Johnny Berthelot last Fall for State District 88 as Mr. Berthelot voted in favor HB 1095. This was the proposal to include Louisiana in an Interstate Compact for the National Popular Vote. He was one of two Republicans that voted “yea” in committee for House and Governmental Affairs.

Rep. Taylor Barras, a party switcher RINO out of District 48, was the other one (whom we did not endorse.)

A Tea Party leader for Ascension Parish had contacted Berthelot via email and requested that he not support the bill. He promptly replied yesterday morning, May 3, at 8:51am:

From: “Berthelot, Rep. (District Office)”
Date: May 3, 2012 8:51:28 AM CDT
Subject: RE: Pls vote No to national vote bill

Ms. Lunday,

Thank you for the email and for voicing your concerns.
I appreciate hearing what is important to you.
I will keep your view in mind when casting my vote, however right now I am in support of this bill.

With best regards,
Johnny

Linda Malbrough
Legislative Assistant to
Representative Johnny Berthelot
La House of Representatives
District 88
1024 S. Purpera
Gonzales, LA 70737
225-647-5646
fax 225-644-7207
berthelotj@legis.la.gov

I was then compelled to send another email to him to continue the encouragement for him to withdraw his support:

From:Tea party Livingston parish [mailto:lpteaparty@yahoo.com]
Sent:Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:50 AM
To:Berthelot, Rep. (District Office)
Subject:Compact for National Popular Vote

Mr. Berthelot,

We respectfully encourage you to vote “NO” on Compact for the National Popular Vote.
Many of your constituents as well as other Conservative citizens of Louisiana are very concerned over your support for this bill.

What kind of political deal is being made that is worth risking our voice in the presidential election?

We view this bill to be of the worst kind and being that you were just voted into office this term, we are surprised that you would be voting against your party.

We are eagerly awaiting any explanation you can give us that can help us to understand your position. Please contact me at your earliest convenience at the number below.

Regards,
Laura O’Halloran
Tea Party of Livingston Parish

His quick reply:

FROM: Berthelot, Rep. (District Office)
TO: ‘Tea party Livingston parish’
Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:58 PM
Subject: RE: Compact for National Popular Vote

Ms. O’Halloran,

Thank you for the email.
I voted to bring it to the full house but will vote no on the floor.
With best regards,
Johnny

Linda Malbrough
Legislative Assistant to
Representative Johnny Berthelot
La House of Representatives
District 88
1024 S. Purpera
Gonzales, LA 70737
225-647-5646
fax 225-644-7207

Now I don’t know what happened between the hours of 9am and 2pm yesterday, but Mr. Berthelot either:

  • had a light bulb turn on,
  • experienced Divine intervention,
  • listened to his constituents and/or his GOP colleagues, or
  • is simply lying.

We may never know why he voted for it, but I want to give Rep. Berthelot the benefit of the doubt and hope he listened to his constituents and is changing his position accordingly. We shall find out Monday if HB 1095 isn’t DOA to the House Floor for Final Passage next week. The Senate version SB 705 did not get as far, but we will still need to keep an eye on this until it is declared officially dead. Then we will be ok – until next year for Round 3. Last year it was introduced by Republicans In Name Only, and this year it came roaring back with Democrats and their outside organizational support.

…and as for Rep. Berthelot, let’s just remember he voted FOR the bill before he was against it.

Laura O’Halloran is a conservative grassroots activist in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Since 2006, the heart and soul of her motivation is to promote federal tax reform through the FairTax Act (HR 25/S 13). Since then she has founded the Tea Party of Livingston Parish and in 2011 ran for State Representative with the platform of economic responsibility by ending the state income tax for individuals and businesses. Laura is a beginning blogger and has been with Louisiana Conservative dot com for almost a year. She has helped develop the Conservative Fifty network and is serving as a Regional Director for the Deep South states of LA, MS, AL, GA, and FL.

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