Friday, January 07, 2005

Three nepotism stories in one day!...

State Sen. Lambert Boissiere Jr., of New Orleans, confirms that he intends to run for what AP calls the "obscure" 1st City constable post vacated this week by his son, Lambert Boissiere III. There is little doubt that LBIII won the position initially on LBjr's coattails, and now it is coming full circle.

The elder Boissiere gave two primary reasons for pursuing the constable position, less work and more pay. Not too impressive, but he will win in a walk anyway. As constable, the primary job is to evict tenants who don't pay their rent. The office also carries out orders of 1st City Court, which handles small claims up to $2,500 and other disputes up to $20,000.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Insurance shut down the insurance business of an aunt of former Mayor Marc Morial, Lillian Smith Haydel. Haydel pleaded guilty last year in a conspiracy involving kickbacks paid to an insurance manager for the Orleans Parish School Board, and is awaiting sentencing in that case, which grew out of an ongoing federal probe of the Orleans Parish school system.

Also going on are attempts to reach a settlement in the bitter, two-year contract dispute between the Regional Transit Authority and Glenn Haydel, an uncle of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial. The RTA portrays this Haydel as a political opportunist who did little or nothing in exchange for portions of the $7 million he and subcontractors collected during the past decade.

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