It seems that some people out there think that I don’t know what I am talking about, that I somehow failed my readers, and in a way, they are right. I led my readers to believe that Kip was simply coming in between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am. I also failed our readers by leading them to believe that Hollywood Holden was out only once every four days. This is somewhat incorrect.
What I should have said was… NOT COUNTING THE TIMES that mayor Hollywood Holden was involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery duties, Hollywood Holden spent 434 days out of his term wasting taxpayer funded security at or after 10 pm, often times keeping them on until 2 am, or 3 am, even at 4 am. And considering that Mayor Holden has been in office for less than four years, that actually amounts to averaging more than twice a week that he’s had his police protection. What’s even more damning is that every single one of those 434 occassions after 10 pm was OVERTIME pay.
Out of Councilman Carter’s 454 figure, only 17 times did these occur during 2005, after Hurricane Katrina. So to say Hollywood Holden had all this usage during Hurricane Katrina is tremendously misleading.
It’s a matter of public record. Don’t believe me? Here’s some random dates.
Reason for Overtime/ Hours of clock in/ date occured
“mayorial events” /1100 am – 0100 am 01-04-07 (Jan 4, 2007)
“” “” / 5 pm – 2 am/ 01-02-07 also on 01-03-07 (Jan 3, 2007)
During one week, Kip was really working hard for the people. He was earning every cent of taxpayers money doing something. I don’t know what he was doing, but he really put in some very late hours for the good citizens of Baton Rouge.
On June 30, 2007, Mayor Hollywood Holden needed overtime body guard hours for his protection from 7 pm until 2 am.
On July 2, 2007, Mayor Hollywood Holden needed overtime body guard hours for his protection from 10 pm to 12 am.
On July 3, 2007, Mayor Hollywood Holden needed overtime body guard hours for his protection from 10 pm to 1 am.
July Fourth, 2007, Mayor Hollywood Holden was tired after a long day, so he went home early… at midnight.
But two days later… July 6, 2007, two body guards stayed with Hollywood Holden until 2 am.
In one week, at the beginning of this year…
January 6, 2008, overtime body guard protection was paid from 10 pm to 2 am.
January 7, 2008, overtime for two body guards was paid from one for 5 pm to 3 am, the other from 10 pm to 3 am.
January 8, 2008, overtime body guard protection was paid from 10pm to 12 am.
January 9, 2008, overtime body guard protection was paid from 10 pm to 11 pm.
January 10, 2008, overtime body guard protection was paid from 10 pm to 12 am.
January 11, 2008, overtime body guard protection was paid from 10 pm to 12 am.
Everybody who likes to stay out with body guard protection working hard for the people, please raise your hand. Charlie, put your hand down.
This sounds eerily similar to Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit Mayor who went to jail. Wouldn’t that be embarrassing if one were to defend this with all one’s heart and soul, and then find out that you stood up for the wrong guy? Let me make this suggestion, to all these guys who think that Councilman Carter didn’t do his research, I’d make sure I scratched deep enough into the surface to find out if he’s wrong. It is, after all, a matter of public record. Nevermind that one merely has to look at the Baton Rouge Business Daily Report to find out that everybody knows that Kip is out at bars all the time.
It helps that Holden has an outgoing, approachable demeanor that has endeared him to voters. He sees them when dancing at Live at Five and is frequently spotted enjoying the nightlife at other venues around town. Were he a holier-than-thou type, allegations of infidelity might resonate. Since he’s quite the opposite, they don’t stick.
“It’s kind of well known that Kip moves around the bars,” veteran political analyst John Maginnis says. “So I think people are really sort of laughing at this.”
Actually I find it embarrassing that so many people are laughing about our mayor.
You might find Hollywood Holden with a beer in each one of his hands downtown, like 225 magazine did.
“I’ll take a beer,” he says, pausing. “Actually, I’ll take two.”
I pay for the drinks and throw a single in the tip jar. “Thanks,” Holden says, and walks away with his brew, one for each hand.
It’s classic Kip, true to form in every way. Go for the gusto. Make the extra push. He was guaranteed at least one drink from my wallet, but he went for two.
Anybody know what time Hollywood Holden comes into work? And one last thought, never pick a fight, especially in politics, with somebody who has less to lose than you.