St.Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has announced he will not seek re-election in November. 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 -- Hunters know the sound of a wounded animal that is about to expire. They call it 'the death rattle.'

Wounded politicians have a death rattle, too. When they start blaming the media for all their problems, you know the end is near.

That's why it was no surprise that longtime St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed announced Tuesday that he would not seek another term.

Reed has been the district attorney in Washington and St. Tammany parishes since 1985. For most of that time, he was the Northshore's most powerful politician.

According to many recent media reports, Reed used his power to enrich himself and his family. Now the feds are investigating him. Last week, in his political death rattle, Reed blamed the media for distracting the District attorney's office.

Let's be clear: Reed wasn't distracted by the media; he was distracted by the opportunity to make more money.

His decision not to seek re-election is a good one. Northshore voters now have a chance to pick a new district attorney without the 'distraction' of Reed's legal and political problems.


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