DuBos: St. Tammany district attorney will have to answer to voters

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 6:55 PM

As federal agents continue to investigate St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed, the district attorney continues not to talk about the issues that apparently led to the investigation. 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

NEW ORLEANS -- When the FBI knocks on your door, it’s never good news.

As St. Tammany and Washington Parish’s district attorney for almost 30 years, Walter Reed surely knows that.

Reed is up for re-election in November, which makes the FBI’s visits to his office, along with subpoenas issued to some of his assistants, more than a little problematic.

Reed has been the subject of numerous media investigative reports in recent months for his freewheeling use of campaign funds, his lucrative side jobs as a lawyer and his gold-buying business dealings with a convicted felon.

Given all that bad publicity, and a budding federal investigation, it’s understandable that Reed is not anxious to talk to reporters.

But, qualifying for the district attorney’s race in St. Tammany and Washington parishes is just nine weeks away. If Reed intends to seek a seventh term, he’ll have lots of explaining to do – to the voters.

It’s easy to hide from the press, but public officials owe voters a thorough accounting for every decision, good or bad, that they make.

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