Lafourche councilmen drop resignation resolution

Lafourche councilmen drop resignation resolution

Lafourche councilmen drop resignation resolution

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Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 10:49 AM

The Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. -- Three Lafourche Parish councilmen walked out of a council meeting in protest of a measure asking Parish President Charlotte Randolph to resign because of ethics violations.

The Courier reports Councilman Jerry Lafont pulled his support Tuesday after hearing opposition from other councilmen and that effectively killed the resolution before it made it to a vote.

Councilmen John Arnold, Joe Fertitta and Mike Delatte left the meeting during the discussion.

Lafont, along with Councilmen Daniel Lorraine and Jerry Jones, proposed the resolution asking Randolph to resign after being fined $10,000 and ordered to pay back $50,000 in money she received for renting her camp to BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

State ethics authorities recently ruled the deal was a violation of state law because she rented out the camp while the parish was under a $1 million contract with the energy exploration giant.

Even if the resolution had come to a vote and passed, it held no legal force and was only a request.

Randolph is appealing the fine.

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