Thursday’s meeting of Ascension’s Council saw an agenda item added by unanimous vote to publicly censure Councilman Corey Orgeron who absented himself from the proceedings rather than face the music and take his medicine. The public censure, a response to Orgeron’s disgraceful actions at Monday’s EA Drainage meeting, comes as little surprise. What took so long?
Monday was not the first time Orgeron behaved disrespectfully to the people he nominally represents, behavior he attempted to rationalize after the fact by an altercation with a client that resulted in his arrest/citation and charge of Simple Battery. Orgeron went after at three members of the public; yelling “Go eat another Twinkie!’ to one as he exited the council chamber amid wild gesticulations.
The resolution, read aloud by Council Attorney Kenneth Dupaty, included prohibitive language against council members:
“…for making malicious statements, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, verbal abuse and using profane or foul language to the public…
It is important that every council member treat the public with respect.
Whereas, Councilman Corey Orgeron has violated the Code of Conduct that Ascension Parish Council expects of its members,…the above actions and others have shown a pattern of disrespectful behavior by Councilman Corey Orgeron.
Therefore, be it resolved that Ascension Parish Council publicly censures Corey Orgeron for said actions in treating members of the public in an unprofessional and discourteous manner.”
Orgeron is nothing if not consistent, disrespecting the public since the day he took office in January of 2020. Censure has been a long time coming, withheld because he was doing the bidding of Chairwoman Teri Casso and the left hemisphere of her brain, Councilman Aaron Lawler. Having expended any usefulness he may have had to them (there’s no more upside to attacking President Clint Cointment now that a deal has been cut)…
Orgeron is now a liability to them.
It was Councilman Lawler who made the motion to censure Orgeron. If “treating members of the public in an unprofessional and discourteous manner” justifies public censure, when is Lawler’s turn?