DuBos: N.O. area's politics not cleaned up yet

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 8:21 PM

Now that former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard is going to jail for corruption, should voters have more confidence in the integrity of local officials? 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 is going to jail for 46 months for corruption. He joins a host of other local politicians. So, does that mean we’ve cleaned up our politics?

Don’t count on it.

Broussard will serve about 39 months. It’s a safe bet other political figures will have been indicted by then.

I’m not indicting anyone. I’m just acknowledging reality.

Former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten once told me that the fight against public corruption never really ends. That’s because corruption, sadly, is part of human nature. Some people just can’t resist the temptation to enrich themselves at the public’s expense.

Broussard’s legacy will be one of disgrace. For the rest of us, public corruption is like the flu virus: No matter how much we inoculate ourselves against it, it always comes back in new forms.

Fighting public corruption reminds me of a famous quote attributed to the Founding Fathers: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” The fight against public corruption demands no less a price.

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