Oh No, I Did Do My Research!

September 11, 2008

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.
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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.


4 comments
thelegaleagle
thelegaleagle

Mr. Buras seems to be a nice person with no political axe to grind. He justified a couple of days and I agree, but what about the other 453 days paying bodyguards double time from 10 to 2. There is an expression by those participating in the nightlife "She is a two at ten becoming a ten at two". Nightlife in BR does not start until 10 and the bars close at 2.The presentation made by prosecutors in the Detroit Mayor case was close to home. If a public official pays a public employee with tax dollars to cut his grass it is criminal. If a public official pays a police officer with public funds to drive him around or stand guard at a door while he is involved in personal enjoyment it is criminal. We must remember the Baton Rouge Business Report presented the nightlife documentation.

cup of joe
cup of joe

Election year or no election year, the only question that is relative here is: What is wrong with investigating our Mayor's spending of OUR tax dollars? The truth is that, unfortunately, the facts often come out only when it is election time. Wake up people! To hide your head in the sand is equal to those who do not go to the polls and vote.

Charlie Buras
Charlie Buras

Jeff I don't want to get into a pissing match with you - I have to much respect for you and this site. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this. I just honestly believe this issue is being blown into something it's not by those trying to bring Kip down in an election year. For instance looking at some of the dates you referenced I see the 4th of July where I'm sure Kip attended all of the downtown festivities. I also see the dates from the BCS game festivities at the beginning of this year when Kip was in New Orleans with the Mayor of Columbus. And when you see some of those really late nights during that trip, that's because the officers had to drive back to Baton Rouge on the clock after Kip was in for the night. But anyway like I said before, you and I usually agree 90% of the time but on this one we'll have to agree to disagree.

thelegaleagle
thelegaleagle

Interesting Questions being asked. Why has the Baton Rouge Council refused to investigate Mayor Holden's misuse of funds paying bodyguards for personal protection while he is involved in personal activities 454 nights from 10PM to 2AM? ---------At the Mayor's request the BRC voted to give a private group of business people one and a half million EBRP tax dollars for economic development. This money was spent attracting new business to the surrounding 7 parishes where most new growth is occuring in direct competition to EBRP. No public bids were taken,no public hearings,the citizens of EBRP were not asked. This same group endorsed Mayor Holden for re-election without knowing who the other candidates were. This same group through their political pac donated money to Holden and members of the council. See the public record. Even worse the Mayor recommended and the BRC approved hundreds of thousands of tax dollars be given to a group of African American ministers at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Baton Rouge,LA. This group is the backbone of Holden's political machine in the black community. Recently, the Mayor attempted to give an additional $750,000.00 to Mount Olive,but councilman Pat Culbertson started asking questions. Holden immediately withdrew the item from the council agenda before it became controversial. Over the past four months numerous written public information request have been filed. The government has refused to release information on Mount Olive Church.If the council held hearings exposing misuse of bodyguards,too many other things may come to light. This may be a major test of Governor Bobby Jindal's ethics reform. It is rumored the Louisiana State Police may handle the investigation. It would be an embarassment if the FEDS had to come in and clean up our backyard.

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