8 (of 11) members sided with Teri Casso who was re-seated in Ascension’s Parish Council chair on Thursday, the first meeting since six new members (along with five incumbents) were sworn into office. One need not be a numerologist to understand the significance of that number which portends ill for the administration of newly-inaugurated President Clint Cointment. Cointment did not support Casso’s retention of the chair.
According to Numerology.com, “The 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys.”
Maybe there’s something to that. It was 8 recently-elected council members who endorsed Kenny Matassa in anticipation of the November 21, 2015 runoff election against Cointment (see above). Matassa prevailed by 117 votes.
How’d that work out?
Pretty much like regular observers figured it would.
Two signatories of the Matassa endorsement letter…
voted to pay off his fees incurred to defend a felony bribery charge in 2017-18; and voted for Teri Casso as chair.
Gonzales Councilman John Cagnolatti’s was one of three signatures to have reimbursement of those legal fees added to the Council’s December 5 agenda. Matassa, himself, signed along with the other member representing citizens of Gonzales;
Travis Turner who was elected as the Council Vice Chair on Thursday. It’s a Gonzales thing. Powers that be in the city have opposed Cointment through two elections and that is not going to change anytime soon.
NOTE: Rumor has it that Matassa will try to unseat City Councilman Harold Stewart in November because Stewart supported Cointment. It’s a whole lot better than trying to bribe a candidate out of the race.
Speaking of bribery, another Casso vote was cast by Councilman Alvin “Coach” Thomas. It was Thomas who showed up…
at the March 16, 2017 Parish Council meeting to defend his pal against a vote of “No Confidence.” Matassa had been charged with felony bribery via grand jury indictment six days earlier.
Oddly enough, Thomas had been removed from the District 1 council seat in 2006 after being convicted of bribery, himself. His 2019 candidacy was possible only because enough time had elapsed since finishing his prison sentence.
(Crazy) “8” is also the number of council members required to override a presidential veto, should one be executed by Cointment. When it comes to the most pressing issues (according to Ascension’s citizenry those are traffic congestion and drainage/flooding) we do not envision much disagreement and certainly not enough to merit invocation of the presidential privilege. Regional sanitary sewer treatment could be another matter entirely.
Cointment’s resistance to a proposed agreement with the Bernhard Capital Partners-backed Ascension Sewer, LLC has not been joined by Casso and her comrades. Most notably, Aaron Lawler, whose nonsensical motion to have the approval/denial vote on January 23 puts his new colleagues in a tough spot. Which ones have any grasp of the 82-page proposal?
Lawler’s protege, every bit as slithery as the mentor, Corey Orgeron accurately predicted the chairmanship vote hours before Thursday’s meeting. A constituent of Orgeron’s sent the following text after speaking with him yesterday afternoon:
Which could only be achieved by amendment to Ascension’s Home Rule Charter, bringing us to Casso’s 8th supporter.
Dal Waguespack, along with Aaron Lawler and Teri Casso, favored A Better Ascension. ABA is the group that attempted to abolish the office of Parish President, which would also necessitate amendment to the charter by a vote of Ascension’s electorate.
And how, you may ask, would such an initiative find its way onto the ballot? Since securing 25,000 or so signatures on a petition is a virtual impossibility, it would take 8 council votes.