Bobby Jindal Appoints Head of Hate Group to Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission

Perkins-with-JindalJust when I thought Bobby “Stop Being The Stupid Party” Jindal couldn’t embarrass the State of Louisiana any more than he already has, he went and outdid himself by appointing Tony Perkins to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission, which is an advisory board for law enforcement throughout the state.

That’s right, Governor Jindal actually added someone who had been suspended from law enforcement in the 1990’s due to failing to report a conspiracy by anti-abortion extremists to his superiors, to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission. Tony Perkins is currently the head of the Family Research Council, and has made anti-gay statements as shameful as this one:

“The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. …It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.”
— Tony Perkins, FRC fundraising letter, August 2011

Tony Perkins also has past associations with the Council of Conservative Citizens (a White Nationalist organization) and also used David Duke’s mailing list in 1996 for Woody Jenkins’ campaign for US Senate against Mary Landrieu, which he managed.

Now to be fair, he wasn’t appointed to head the commission. There are a number of members of the law enforcement board that he has joined, but none come with a blatant and nationally known public record of bigotry. Here is the complete list of the rest of the members, directly from the Commission’s website:

Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Ascension Parish
Chairman, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, DeSoto Parish

Mr. Frank Besson, President, Louisiana State Troopers’ Association

Chief Barry Bonner, Sterlington Police Department

Mayor Vern Breland, President, Louisiana Municipal Association

Honorable Henry Brown, Jr., Chief Judge, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal

Constable Reginald Brown, Sr., National Constables Association

Honorable David W. Burton, District Attorney, Beauregard Parish, 36th Judicial District

Honorable Buddy Caldwell, Attorney General, State of Louisiana

Sheriff Mike Cazes, West Baton Rouge Parish

Honorable Paul Connick, District Attorney, Jefferson Parish, 24th Judicial District

Chief Jim Craft, Lafayette Police Department

Sheriff Austin Daniel, West Feliciana Parish

Chief Jacob “Mac” Dickinson, Harahan Police Department

Honorable John F. DeRosier, District Attorney, Calcasieu Parish, 14th Judicial District

Colonel Mike Edmonson, Superintendent, Louisiana State Police

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, East Baton Rouge Parish

Honorable Greg Guidry, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Sheriff William Hilton, Rapides Parish

Honorable Jerry Jones, District Attorney, Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes, 4th Judicial District

Mr. David Kent

Ms. Julie H. Kilborn, State Interim Public Defender

Honorable Nancy Amato Konrad, Juvenile Court Judge, Jefferson Parish

Honorable Robert Kostelka, Senate Judiciary Committee C

Chief Bill Landry (Retired)

Chief Bry Layrisson, Ponchatoula Police Department

Mr. Jimmy LeBlanc, Secretary, Department of Public Safety & Corrections
(Designee: Genie Powers)

Honorable James “Jay” LeMoine, District Attorney, 35th Judicial District

Dr. Mary Livers,  Deputy Secretary, Office of Juvenile Justice

J.P. Lopinto – House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice

Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish

Sheriff Willy Martin, St. James Parish

Honorable Rudolph McIntyre, District Court Judge, 5th Judicial District

Honorable James F. McKay, III, Chief Judge, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal

Honorable Hillar C. Moore, III, District Attorney, East Baton Rouge Parish, 19th Judicial District

Sheriff Dwayne Munch, Westwego Police Department

Mr. Chris Nassif, President, Louisiana Union of Police

Sheriff Newell Normand, Jefferson Parish

Mr. Anthony R. “Tony” Perkins

Sheriff Stephen Prator, Caddo Parish

Chief Carlos Stout, Carencro Police Department

Honorable Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal

Mr. John Dale “JD” Thornton, Chief Administrator, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Bud Torres, III,  Pointe Coupee Parish

Sheriff Zane M. “Mike” Tubbs, Morehouse Parish

Honorable J. Reed Walters, District Attorney, LaSalle Parish, 28th Judicial District

Mr. Joseph M. Watson, Executive Director, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

Honorable Vanessa G. Whipple, Chief Judge, 1st Circuit Court of Appeal

Mr. Patrick Yoes, State President, Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police Foundation

Honorable Judge Paul Young, President, Louisiana Juvenile Judges Association

What does almost every single one of these members of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement have in common? They’re almost all current or retired members of law enforcement or the judicial system. So why would Bobby Jindal appoint a former reserve officer who quit over 20 years ago due to misconduct issues to the Commission? There are certainly no logical reasons, and there are far more qualified people to take that spot. Bobby Jindal has not explained himself for this, and we should certainly demand answers for an absolutely ridiculous appointment of an unabashed bigot.


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