Friday, February 3, 2017

Kenner Pays Almost $450k To Buisson’s JCVB To Do What It Should Do For Free

Now I will admit that, unlike Jefferson Parish’s Sexual Predator-In-Chief Mike Yenni (at least in his own warped, perverted mind), I’m not always the smartest guy in the room.

Sometimes, I’m not even the smartest guy in the room when I’m sitting alone.

But, I can read a map and the last time I looked, Kenner was firmly ensconced in Jefferson Parish.

Thus, you would think that groups like the Jefferson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (JCVB) and JEDCO, Jefferson Parish’s Economic Development arm, that receive tax dollars from Jefferson Parish (including tax dollars from Kenner), would perform the functions of marketing and promoting Kenner without receiving additional compensation from the City.

But, since both are associated with Jefferson Parish’s Minister of Propaganda Greg Buisson, who happens to be the campaign manager for Yenni and Kenner’s new Mayor Lyin’ Ben Zahn (among others), each group is paid significantly for work that should be done for free.

Several years back, on the heels of a scandal involving the misappropriation of funding, Yenni disbanded the Kenner Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (KCVB).

In addition to membership fees (Lyin’ Ben was a member of the Board while a Councilmember appropriating funds to the KCVB), the group also received a percentage of Kenner’s Hotel/Motel tax.


If the group wasn’t properly spending Kenner tax dollars, they shouldn’t receive them.

However, instead of forming  or finding another Kenner-centric group dedicated to promoting and marketing Kenner, Yenni ceded Kenner’s Hotel/Motel tax dollars to the JCVB, a group that has a significant relationship with the aforementioned Minister of Propaganda Buisson (and, remember, Yenni’s campaign manager).

From January 2015-December 2016, Kenner paid the JCVB $448,030.57 for the privilege of promoting Kenner, a role that they should do for ZERO dollars as part of their mission.

During the same period, the JCVB received over $2.8 Million from Jefferson Parish to promote and market Jefferson Parish, including the City of Kenner.

That $448k represents a significant increase over what the City of Kenner was paying the KCVB and will only continue to increase as more hotels are put online as part of the Armstrong Airport Expansion.

For its part, the JCVB has not offered the people of Kenner an accurate accounting of what exactly it spent the $448k on and how exactly it marketed/promoted Kenner tourism.

A rational mind, and, again, as I sit alone typing this, I’m probably not the most rational mind in this room either, would expect that, given the $448k that the JCVB received and is supposed to be spending to market Kenner AND the additional marketing dollars that were included when Yenni unilaterally extended the SMG contract to manage the Pontchartrain Center, that Kenner would be flush with conventioneers  and the Pontchartrain Center would be filled consistently with out-of-town visitors spending money in Kenner retail shops, restaurants, gas stations, etc.

That however, is clearly not the case.

Aside from a blip in November, Kenner’s sales tax revenue has consistently declined.

Yet, the City of Kenner continues to pay more and more to Buisson’s JCVB with little in quantifiable results.

During the same 2015-2016 time period, the JCVB paid Buisson Creative Strategies almost $164,000 in addition to the commissions Buisson received on the almost $27k in media ad spending placed through Buisson. Commissions paid to agencies like Buisson’s are typically in the 5-15% range.

Buisson earned additional money through his booking of acts for Family Gras and for services to other events related to Jefferson Parish Tourism or associated with the JCVB.

Clearly, Kenner could easily promote and market itself for less money (and more accountability) than it allocates to the JCVB.

Yes, the JCVB already has the infrastructure and manpower to promote Kenner, but, are they giving Kenner our fair share of time, money and resources or is a portion of our tax dollars just siphoned off the top and ending up in Greg Buisson’s money-grubbing pockets?

Like I said, it doesn’t take the smartest guy in the room, or even a Sexual Predator like Mike Yenni, to know the answer to that question.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fox 8 – Greg Buisson’s Mouthpiece

When you watch TV news, you normally know what you’re going to get.

If you’re a fan of CNN, MSNBC or any of the Big 3 networks, you probably lean to the Left.

If you’re a fan of Fox News Channel, you probably lean to the Right.

However, when you watch Local TV News, you don’t expect to get someone’s agenda jammed down your throat. If you’re like me, you want FACTS and, if opinions are involved, you want to hear both sides.

Not so with WVUE Fox 8 News.

It’s become apparent to me over the past several years, and particularly the past several months, that Fox 8 gives preferential news coverage to JP’s Minister of Propaganda Greg Buisson, and his clients like JP’s Sexual Predator-in-Chief Mike Yenni and Lyin’ Ben Zahn.

To prove my point, let me cite several examples.

A few months back, Fox 8 heavily promoted a Lee Zurik exclusive interview with Mike Yenni.

The “interview” was a snore fest staged by Buisson.

Zurik repeatedly threw Yenni softball questions about Yenni’s sexting escapade with a 17-year-old boy. Yenni dodged, deflected, and basically didn’t answer even Zurik’s soft questions and Zurik let Yenni off the hook.

Zurik even allowed part of the interview to include Yenni’s wife and almost gleefully noted that she was standing by her man (It does beg the question, unfortunately not asked by Zurik, how many men and underage boys have called Yenni “Their Man”?).

The “interview” was a complete waste of time that had no real news value other than a Public Relations vehicle for Buisson’s client.

Tuesday, there were two pieces of interesting Jefferson Parish News: a letter from JP Council President Chris Roberts discussing some of Yenni’s explicit sexts and the disclosure that Roberts had been dropped from a lawsuit that Buisson filed against Roberts and Jefferson Parish over an ordinance banning political consultants like Buisson from receiving Parish contracts.

Fox 8 covered neither instead offering up a piece describing a series of texts last week between Roberts and Council member Jennifer Van Vrancken where Roberts asked the Councilwoman if she was ok with the Parish President suggesting explicit sex acts with a teenage boy.

In the letter from Roberts to his fellow councilmembers, which Fox 8 did not report on, Roberts also paraphrased Yenni’s text to the 17-year-old in graphic detail.

In the Fox 8 piece, Van Vrancken acted mortified that Roberts would send her such a graphic text. Unfortunately, she was not just as mortified that Yenni would send such a text to a teenage boy.

Kind of a double standard, don’t you think?

And, once again, Fox 8 buries a story that could paint Yenni in a bad light and focuses on casting a political critic of Yenni (and a vocal critic of Buisson), in a negative light.

For the record, WWL-TV and WDSU-TV both reported on the Roberts letter and neither covered the sham Van Vrancken story.

To be fair, I didn’t watch WGNO’s “News With A Twist” because, in my opinion, it’s neither news or an interesting show (although I’ve always like Susan Roesgen and I firmly believe that she deserves much better).

Wednesday night, Fox 8 had a piece about the dustup at the JP Council meeting between Roberts and Yenni.

Fine. WWL and WDSU covered it as well.

However, Fox 8 took the additional step of adding comments from former JP Councilman and current Kenner Mayor Lyin’ Ben Zahn (also a Buisson client) that were extremely critical of Roberts.

At a press conference to announce that Lyin’ Ben was endorsing Larry Katz for the interim Council seat that Zahn vacated when he became Mayor, Lyin’ Ben said, "I would be remiss, though, if I did not question Chris Roberts motive for today's actions."

At the Council meeting, when the Council was discussing and voting on the interim seat, Roberts noted that he met with his nominee, Jack Rizzuto, at the urging of Zahn.

Three council members (Van Vrancken, Spears and Johnston) voted FOR Katz, while the remaining three (Roberts, Lee-Sheng and Templet), voted AGAINST Katz. 

The opposite 3-3 vote occurred for Rizzuto.

Was the personal shot questioning Roberts’ integrity by Lyin’ Ben necessary?

And, really, how can Lyin’ Ben question anyone’s integrity with a straight face?

Why wasn’t Lyin’ Ben critical of the other council members that voted Against Katz?

But, the point of all of this is, Lyin’ Ben’s comments are irrelevant. His opinion of Chris Roberts and his endorsement of an interim councilmember mean nothing. In fact, the Council should completely disregard Lyin’ Ben’s thoughts on the matter and choose the candidate that will best represent the interests of the District 4, not the one that Lyin’ Ben wants in office.

And Lyin’ Ben’s opinions should not be part of a Fox 8 news story.

But, of course, since Lyin’ Ben is a client of Greg Buisson and Buisson has a vendetta against Roberts (and some say that Roberts has a vendetta against Buisson), Lyin’ Ben’s comments criticizing Roberts were included.

Again, completely irrelevant to the story and another example of Fox 8’s Pro-Buisson stance.

I know many of the folks at Fox 8. I’ve appeared on air there and in news stories (probably won’t again after they read this but, oh well). I like Fox 8 and I appreciate the amount of local news they air, as I appreciate WWL and WDSU and, yes, even WGNO (when they’re not running “News With a Twist”).

But, when the opinions of some override the coverage of “news”, we all lose.

No offense Fox 8, but I don’t want Greg Buisson’s or Lyin’ Ben’s opinion on anything.

Just give me the facts. I have my own opinions and can make up my own mind.

I think I deserve at least that from you.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Roberts Says Yenni Sexting Far From “Innocent”

In a note to his fellow JP Councilmembers, Council President Chris Roberts has called on the council to further investigate Yenni and his texts to a then 17-year-old boy.  

Roberts makes it clear in his memo that the texts are much more graphic than Yenni would like the public to believe.

“Additionally, I have been told by multiple sources that the text messages exchanged between the Parish President and the young man included solicitation to perform oral sex by the desire to place his tongue into the young man’s rectum. This to me is far more extreme than the portrayal to date that has been brushed off as innocent communication that went astray or simply were misunderstood.”

“I urge all of you,” Roberts continued, “to further investigate the content of the messages and determine for yourself whether this is how we want the face of our parish to be represented.”

To date, Yenni has simply called the texts “inappropriate”. He has not directly denied many of the allegations set forth by the boy including a proposed homosexual threesome involving Yenni, the boy and another 19-year-old male; Yenni’s suggestion that he and the boy cross state lines to engage in sex; Yenni’s pursuit of the boy and their kiss in a public restroom; and Yenni’s suggestion that he would give the boy a job as an aide to Yenni so the two could be close and not arouse suspicion, among other allegations.

At the time, Yenni was the 39-year-old Mayor of Kenner, a husband and father. The sexting occurred while Yenni was campaigning for Parish President.

Yenni was also involved in another batch of inappropriate communications with 8 adult males while he was the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Kenner. Multiple emails were sent and received by Yenni on City of Kenner equipment. Those emails were also sexually explicit in nature. When the emails were disclosed, Yenni claimed that he was being extorted by political rivals and the FBI embargoed the emails, although many in Kenner had already read the emails or had copies of them.

Yenni has maintained that those emails from 2009-2010 were fabricated.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Sexual Predator-In-Chief Takes On Education And The JP School Board That Banished Him

When Jefferson Parish’s Sexual Predator-In-Chief Mike Yenni named former Jefferson Parish School Superintendent Dianne Roussel as one of his top aides, I scoffed.

What was a former School Superintendent who failed miserably and was vilified by parents, teachers, administrators and School Board Members going to do in Parish Government? The Parish and School Board are completely separate entities and the Parish President has nothing to do with Education.

But, when you consider the stellar Leadership Team that Yenni has surrounded himself with, the selection of Roussel is really not surprising.

Yenni’s top 4 aides include:

-          The aforementioned Roussel.

-          A drunk former Police Chief, despite the Parish President also having no jurisdiction over the JPSO.

-          A bankrupt attorney and former JPSO Officer who left the force in a cloud of controversy surrounding an allegation of a cover up involving police brutality at a Mardi Gras Parade.

-          A former secretary turned uncertified City Auditor who rose swiftly to become Deputy CAO for Louisiana’s 6th largest city despite having no municipal government experience (perhaps she has photos of Yenni with farm animals – young, male farm animals)

And, they are led by a Sexual Predator who has been banned from setting foot on any Catholic or Public School property or attending any school events.


I’m sure we all sleep better at night knowing that Jefferson Parish is in such great hands.

While I’m not sure if it’s due to the fact that he is banned from schools and can’t troll for sexual conquests, but Yenni has found something for Roussel to get involved in: offering ideas to fix the public school system that she left in tatters.

When Roussel left the school system in 2011 citing a need to “rest”, JP schools were ranked 52nd out of 70 Louisiana school systems.

I know what you’re thinking: she needed rest after getting us to a whopping 52nd place?

And that 52nd place finish came after the JP School Board was stacked with pro-business members and Roussel had virtual carte blanche to increase the bloated school bureaucracy with her highly-paid cronies at the expense of educating children.

Now, JP’s Sexual Predator-In-Chief has named Roussel to Chair a new Education Task Force.

And what exactly will this Task Force do?

Make suggestions that they can’t enforce or quantify.

Didn’t Roussel have 8 years as Superintendent with a supportive pro-business School Board to enact her “suggestions”?

Yep, and it got us all the way to 52nd place!

Woo Hoo.

Can’t wait to hear her new suggestions now that she’s “rested”.

So, now that the people of Jefferson Parish have kicked out the failed pro-business majority on the School Board and Roussel has “rested”, what does Mike Yenni do?

He forms a Task Force filled with pro-business folks.

In addition to Roussel and Natalie Newton from his office, Yenni’s Task Force includes many of the usual suspects:

-          Former State Rep. Tony Ligi, an attorney who quit the Legislature to, in his words, spend more time with his family. At least he didn't say that he needed to "rest". Ligi became a lobbyist for business as the head of the Jefferson Business Council. He is also the President of the Elmwood Business Association.

-          Henry Shane who helped elect the failed pro-business School Board and is a political supporter of Yenni and Ligi. Shane is a member of the Jefferson Business Council and heavily involved in the Jefferson Chamber.

-          Dr. Vinicio Madrigal who heads the fake endorsement group HISPAC. Yenni called Madrigal “instrumental” in the formation of the Kenner Discovery and Health Sciences Academy. As an alleged Hispanic leader, perhaps someone should ask Madrigal (who is a Dr. in name only) why Kenner Discovery has such a disproportionately low percentage of Hispanic and Minority students compared to Kenner’s population.

-          Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber. The Chamber worked hand-in-hand with Shane and the Jefferson Business Council to propagate the failed pro-business School Board that worked with Roussel and led JP Schools to their amazing 52nd Place.

-          State Senator Conrad Appel, a staunch supporter of Common Core. Appel will act as an “Advisor” to the Task Force.

Look, no one disputes that Education in Jefferson Parish doesn’t need improvement. However, it is NOT the role of Parish Government or the Parish President to intervene in Education.

If Mike Yenni has suggestions to improve public education, other than have more events so he can hookup with students, he should discuss those suggestions with the current School Board and Superintendent.

I predict that this Task Force will work like all of Yenni’s other political committees (The Kenner Streamlining Government Committee; the Kennere Economic Development Committee; the sub-committee on The Esplanade Mall – yeah, how did that work out?): they will meet and talk. There will be a press release from the Minister of Propaganda Greg Buisson and it will accomplish nothing.

For his part, Jefferson Parish Council President Chris Roberts wants no part in Yenni’s Education Task Force.

In a Facebook post, Roberts said, "I want to be clear that I have not submitted a name for this Task Force nor do I plan to do so.”

The other JP Council members should follow Roberts’ lead and steer clear of any involvement in another of Yenni’s shams.

In fact, the best thing that Yenni could do for Education in Jefferson Parish  would be to resign and allow our parish to move forward with a new Parish President.

At least then our children could have a Parish President that they could look up to.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

JP Council Denies Lyin’ Ben’s Big Buisson Payoff

Did you ever have one of those days?

You know the one.

You wake up in a fantastic mood knowing that it’s going to be a great day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping.

Sure, you have to go to work but you know that your day looks great and you will get everything accomplished.

The stars are truly aligned in your favor.
Then, it all turns to mush.

For Lyin’ Ben Zahn, Wednesday was one of THOSE days.

Zahn, who delayed taking the oath of office as Kenner Mayor so that he could have one more JP Council meeting, his last JP Council meeting didn’t quite turn out as he planned.

I’m certain that, being the pompous ass that he is, Lyin’ Ben thought his last JP Council meeting would be a victory lap, an opportunity to funnel even more JP tax dollars to his campaign contributors and, of course, his campaign manager, the Minister of Propaganda Greg Buisson.

But, the best made plans seldom are.

To be fair, Lyin’ Ben did throw a lot of taxpayer money around. In fact, he probably did more for Kenner in one meeting than he has in the past five years on the council (and, I’m sure we will ALL be hearing about it next year when Lyin’ Ben runs for reelection).

Funding for Laketown; for the Italian Heritage Festival (run by his Campaign Manager’s former client Louis Congemi); money for Kenner’s City Park.

But, since the real reason for Lyin’ Ben’s last meeting was to author a big payoff for his campaign manager Greggo, Lyin’ Ben’s day was a failure.

Buisson, the campaign manager for Zahn, JP’s Sexual Predator-In-Chief Mike Yenni, and countless other area elected officials, sued Jefferson Parish and Councilman-At-Large Chris Roberts over an ordinance authored by Roberts to ban political operatives from receiving contracts with the parish.

Buisson claimed that the ordinance was targeted at him.

As you probably know, I could care less what Greg Buisson thinks, the Roberts ordinance was good for Jefferson Parish. If it hurt Buisson, that’s a win-win in my book.

Of course, settling or not settling the lawsuit is a crapshoot. JP tax payers may end up on the hook for more than $120k. Since it’s in Federal Court (instead of the 24th JDC), I think JP’s odds of winning are good.

In the end, the Council voted 5-2 against settling the lawsuit. Only fellow Buisson Acolyte Paul Johnston voted with Lyin’ Ben.

BTW, what happened to you, Paul Johnston?

I always thought you were a decent guy, even when we disagreed.

Now, you’re attacking citizens that speak out, going behind the backs of volunteer firefighters, and acting like Lyin’ Ben.

After the Aaron Broussard scandal, there was a groundswell of support for stronger ethics in Jefferson Parish and for all of Louisiana for that matter.

The Republican led state legislature, with the approval of then-Governor Bobby Jindal, offered some mild ethics reforms that they called “The Gold Standard” of governmental ethics.

As you know, they failed miserably.

The Republicans in state government actually weakened ethics for themselves and made the State Ethics Board a group of clerks sending out late notices instead of a strong compliance office.

You still have legislators like Kenner State Senator (and a candidate to replace Lyin’ Ben on the JP Council) Danny Martiny taking excess political contributions from PACs and other legislators and elected officials like Yenni and Zahn using campaign donations to enhance their personal lifestyles while the State Ethics Board gets paid to date and time stamp campaign filing forms rather than issue strong penalties to real violators.

In JP, Roberts and others on the Council, prodded by Margie Seemann and Margaret Baird, put forth some modest ethics proposals but none had the teeth to significantly improve ethics in JP government.

The Parish even brought in an Inspector General to add another layer of protection although the JP IG doesn’t monitor the Parish’s largest city (Kenner) and the Yenni Administration has done it’s best to provide obstacles to the IG.

Regardless of his motivation, the Roberts ordinance was a step in the right direction.

You shouldn’t have the campaign manager of elected officials also receiving parish contracts and using his influence to derive even more tax dollars from NGOs like the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, JEDCO, and many others that receive tax payer funding.

I mean really, what Councilman that wants to get reelected can refuse to help his campaign manager?

For the past several weeks, Lyin’ Ben has been working behind the scenes to push his fellow council members to settle the lawsuit with Buisson. The Council already scuttled the Roberts ordinance and backtracked on a Buisson contract for Mardi Gras parade stands.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Zahn offered an ordinance to settle and pay Buisson $120,000 of YOUR tax dollars for “legal fees”.

You don’t need to be a Rocket Scientist, or even an Unlicensed Florist, to know that some, if not all, of that $120k would have wound up in Buisson’s pocket.

Claiming that the Parish had already spent several hundred thousand dollars defending the lawsuit (why can’t our Parish Attorneys litigate again?), Lyin’ Ben claimed that it was a good deal.

Despite calls for those Councilmembers that had a previous relationship with Buisson to recuse themselves, Zahn relied on Parish Attorney Mike Power’s claim that, since Lyin’ Ben didn’t have a “current” contract with Buisson, he could vote on the settlement.

Buisson worked with Zahn during his Kenner Mayoral campaign. Buisson claimed that, despite having meetings with Lyin’ Ben to discuss Zahn’s inauguration and the mayoral transition, his “work” for Zahn ended when Zahn won the runoff.

Buisson claims that he was not paid for his meetings with Zahn after the runoff.


As everyone knows, whores don’t do anything for free.

And, in Metro New Orleans, there is no bigger whore than Greg Buisson.

When civic activist George Peterson took to the podium to discuss the Zahn conflict of interest, Zahn fired back asking if Peterson was an attorney.

No, George Peterson is not an attorney.

He’s not an Unlicensed Florist either.

Buisson himself took the podium to urge the council to settle.

After he was finished patting himself on the back as a champion of free speech, the man who complained about citizens making Public Records Requests, spoke to WDSU’s Travers Mackel.

“This is all about politics,” Buisson said.

And that’s the problem.

Look, if Greg Buisson wants to be the campaign manager for almost every elected official in Jefferson Parish, fine, go for it.

But, don’t use your relationships as a campaign manager to extract (or extort) tax dollars.

That’s not right.

And, if we had any ethics in Jefferson Parish, we wouldn’t be discussing this.

Of course, we wouldn’t have a Sexual Predator as Parish President and a pathological liar soon to be Kenner’s Mayor either.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Is Buisson The Real Reason For Lyin’ Ben’s Mayoral Delay?

If you’ve read ClickJefferson in the past, you know that I’ve said for years that with Mike Yenni nothing is ever as it seems.

Sadly, it’s taken a sexting scandal with a teenage boy to get some of you to believe me.

I don’t want to make any height jokes, but, perhaps it’s because he has lived in Mike Yenni’s shadow since it appears that with Lyin’ Ben Zahn, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

No, there haven’t been any allegations of Lyin’ Ben and young boys, but, when it comes to deception and protecting the financial interests of the Minister of Propaganda Greg Buisson, Zahn and Yenni are identical.

In our last post, we discussed Lyin’ Ben’s ridiculous statement that he wanted to wait for his election as Kenner’s Mayor to be “certified” before he resigned his JP Council seat. Delaying his resignation would result in an Interim Councilman being appointed and seated for almost a full year before an elected Councilman could take over the remainder of Zahn’s unexpired term.

If Zahn would have resigned last week, an election could have been held in the Spring rather than next Winter.

At first glance, it appeared that Zahn wanted to approve an Interim Councilman to take his seat and have another friendly Pro-Yenni vote on the Council before allowing voters the right to choose his successor.

But, is that really the reason?

After my post, I received a few emails suggesting otherwise.

Could helping our old friend Greg Buisson be the true motivation behind Lyin’ Ben’s delay?

Let’s jump back to 2014.

After his defeat of the Pro-Buisson Machine candidate Louis Congemi, JP Councilman-At-Large Chris Roberts put forth an ordinance that would ban political campaign managers like Buisson from receiving funds from NGOs that received Parish funding.

As we’ve discussed in the past, Greg Buisson has his money grubbing paws in several lucrative Parish honeypots including JEDCO, the Jefferson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; fairs and festivals like Family Gras; fishing rodeos; and Buisson also has the contract to put up Mardi Gras parade reviewing stands.

Buisson, not wanting to lose his multiple spots in the JP Tax Payer trough, cried “Foul!” and filed a lawsuit against Roberts and the Parish.

Buisson claimed that he was being singled out.

So what.

Roberts’ ordinance was long overdue.

Buisson has exerted his influence over those he has helped get elected and leveraged his relationships with elected officials to profit himself at our expense for years.

The Buisson Tax Payer Gravy Train should have ended long ago.

Instead, rather than do the honorable thing and recuse themselves from votes involving Buisson, those that Buisson has relationships with have continued to vote to approve tax dollars for Buisson-affiliated organizations.

And you wonder why Louisiana has a poor reputation when it comes to political ethics.

Recently, the spineless JP Council backtracked on the Roberts ordinance and allowed Buisson to keep his Mardi Gras stand contract.

The Council said that no other company bid on the contract.

What the Council should have done is secure multiple bids on the contract. Surely there are enough 

businesses out there that would have jumped at the chance to replace Buisson.

Why was there no outreach to minority or Disadvantaged Businesses?

Because Buisson has several members of the JP Council like Lyin’ Ben along with JP’s resident Sexual Predator-In-Chief Mike Yenni in place to protect him.

But let’s get back to the Buisson connection and Lyin’ Ben’s resignation delay.

Sources have told ClickJefferson that, behind the scenes and away from the TV cameras and the public, Lyin’ Ben has been pressing the Council to settle the Buisson lawsuit regarding the Roberts ordinance.

The settlement would involve a cash payment (from YOUR tax dollars) and payment for Buisson’s legal expenses.

We are told that Yenni has also been involved in discussions regarding the settlement amount which Yenni would approve.

And when is the JP Council scheduled to discuss the lawsuit settlement?

If you guessed at their next meeting, you would be correct.

Thus, Lyin’ Ben’s delay would mean that he will be in his Council high chair casting yet another vote to help line the pockets of Greg Buisson at OUR expense.

Of course, the Council may take up the lawsuit settlement in Executive Session which means we will never know which of Buisson’s Council lackeys will join Zahn in giving your money to Buisson. 

The fact is, regardless of whether it’s a public vote or a vote in Executive Session, anyone that has utilized the “services” of Greg Buisson and his company should recuse themselves from voting.

I know however, that it’s wishful thinking to believe that our elected officials are actually there to represent the best interests of the people of Jefferson Parish.

If all goes according to Lyin’ Ben’s plan, Greg Buisson gets richer (at YOUR expense) and Zahn helps his (and Yenni’s) campaign manager in the process.

Once again, everyone wins – except the tax payers of Jefferson Parish.