Louisiana Conservative: What prompted you to run an independent candidacy?
Tony Gentile: I was prompted to run as an Independent based on my feeling that the GOP would back Jindal and the Democrats would back Blanco. I didn’t see the point running as a candidate without the endorsement of my party.
LC: So if you could have got a party endorsement, which party would you have preferred to get an endorsement from?
TG: Tough question now! I was a Republican. Although I was never really politcal in the sense that I voted the for only GOP candidates I have become dismayed with both parties. I was a Democrat until 1984. If I have to name a preference now it would be the Democrats. The Republicans have been very vicious towards me concerning my candidacy. Their antics have brought me to the point where I’ll never be a Republican again.
LC: What separates Tony G from all the other candidates?
TG: I am not affliated with any political party. My decisions will be based on what’s right for Louisiana first versus the philosophy of any party of the wants of any special interest groups. I’m just a common man with good common sense. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see or feel the woes of our state. I have been in an actual leadership role for the last twenty years. My salary is based upon my ability to make sound high impact decisons which lead to achieving positve results. My employer has no time for rhetoric and BS. I am accustomed to being a straight shooter and that ethic will remain.
LC: We have a lot of readers from Central and North Louisiana, how would your administration change their lives?
TG: I know quite a few people in northern Louisiana. My main goal for the northern part of the state is economic development. The Northern part of the state has long felt like it’s another state continually being left out. That will stop immediately. I have a plan outlined for the different regions of the state on my website. Although not specific it does offer a direstion. I believe that Shreveport is a very important location for any candidate to acquire backing from. The area is growing and I’ll provide the opportunites to meet the needs. The whole I-20 corridor is prime for economic expansion, Dallas is way too over crowded, we should be able to swoon some of their business away and bring them home to Louisiana.
LC: Let’s talk about Tony G the person. Are you married? Have Children?
TG: Yes, I am married , this year it will be twenty six years. Karen and I were 21 when we came to Louisiana. I have two children, Marcus who will be graduating from Louisiana Tech next month and Darryl who is trying currently employed by Winn-Dixie.
LC: So you have children already, would you say government should do more to help children, or has government intruded too much into parenting?
TG: I think there arethings the government can do without intruding. Child obesity is a problem not lonly impacting Louisiana but the whole nation. As Governor I would like to appropriate up to two million dollars a year per parish to build playgrounds for our children. Within these playgrounds they will be managed and supervised by adults. If we can get children involved in physical activity that is validated by adults they will more readily buy in. The can be associated with after school programs or evening and weekend activities. Definitely a place in the summer such as camps, Kids needs to move around. I do worry about too much government in daily lives. However these children are our futre and we cam ill afford to have a lackidasical workforce that’s out of shape and ill prepared to meet some the physical demands of full time employment. By the way you’re the first to hear about my plan for physical activity for the children of our state
LC: Do you ever get around to reading political blogs?
TG: I read some poltical blogs. There are many people I find total agreement with. Others well we all have opinions. I learn many different perspectives from reading the blogs. Sometimes I wonder why some of these peope don’t throw their hats into the ring!
LC: So who are some of your favorites?
TG: Jeffrey Sadow, C. B. Forgotston, Jeff Crouere, and the guys a Louisiana Conservative! I make it a point to read all of these blogs at least once a week. If I could only write so well!
LC: Is there anything else you want me to ask you?
TG: Well I’m not sure!! Every candidate has pretty much the same platform, education , economic development, and coastal restoration . One day a fella came up to me and said him and his wife was going to vote for me. I thanked him and walked away thinking about it. I have a different perspective of a vote. If you’d like to hear it!
LC: Sure. Tell me your different perspective.
TG: My perspective of a vote. When someone tell me they’re going to vote for me I look it at it in a sense that this person is making an investment. His vote is an investment , his trust in me to make Louisiana a better place for him and his family. It has value not only in the semse if you get enough of them you win but people place their trust in you. No politician anywhere should think anything less of this towards a vote. When they abuse the trust we see apathy at the polls. Small turnouts and people not really researching candidates. In the end more time than not we all lose. A vote is aninvestment that warrants a return not in dollars and cents but in proper representation and leadership.
LC: Tony, I want to thank you for taking the time out to speak with Louisiana Conservative Dot Com and we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming election.
TG: Thank you Jeff, and I truly appreciate the opportunity.
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