Aaron Broussard’s guilty plea Tuesday is not the final chapter in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in Jefferson Parish. And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
Aaron Broussard’s guilty plea ties a nice, neat ribbon around the federal case against him, but it’s far from the end of the story.
At a minimum, Broussard should start talking about another federal investigation: the one into landfill operator River Birch and its owners, Fred Heebe and Jim Ward. It’s no secret that the feds are looking into River Birch’s dealings in Jefferson Parish — and most if not all of those dealings occurred on Broussard’s watch as parish president.
Broussard faces up to 15 years in jail, despite cutting a deal with the feds. If he wants to reduce his jail time, he needs to roll over on anyone who might have been involved in shady deals with him.
I’m not saying that anyone at River Birch broke the law. But it’s clear the feds are sniffing around the company and its owners. Either Broussard has a story to tell or he doesn’t.
Meanwhile, the feds should ask Broussard about all parish contractors who might have done dirty deals with him — not just the big dogs. Until we lock up crooked business people as well as crooked politicians, we’re never going to clean out the cesspool of local corruption.
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