NEW ORLEANS – Wednesday afternoon, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni responded to the filing of an official recall for his position earlier in the day.
Yenni’s official statement reads:
“I will abide by the will of the people. I have acknowledged my mistake, and I have taken full responsibility. I have also vowed to focus my attention on governing and meeting the demands that I am expected to meet. I have not violated my oath, nor have I abused or misused the power of my office. I have, in no way, given anyone cause to believe that I am not doing the job that I was elected to do. The incident at the center of this allegation is personal, and I was not Parish President at the time of the incident. There has been no misuse of tax dollars or public assets. I can hope the people of Jefferson will afford me the opportunity to prove that I will separate my personal challenge from my public responsibility, and that I can rise above this.”
Robert Evans, a Metairie attorney, began the process earlier Wednesday of trying to remove Yenni from office after the parish president admitted sexting a young man two years ago who was 17-years-old at the time.
"Mr. Evans believes that Yenni's recently admitted sexual texting with a seventeen-year-old man and other lewd suggestions constitute outrageous, immoral and totally unacceptable behavior and that Yenni is unfit for office," said a statement from Evan's law firm.