“A perk of the job”

It’s refreshing to see political hackery openly expressed like this.

While state lawmakers last December were scooping up coveted tickets to the College Football Playoff National Championship between LSU and Clemson, one member of the LSU Board of Supervisors suggested he’d like to scrap the policy that gives legislators priority access to the tickets and, instead, let board members dole them out to lawmakers who vote to support LSU.

In a text message sent Dec. 9, board member Rémy Starns—a Metairie attorney who recently was named state public defender—says, “I want to end this. I want ALL tickets to anything under my committee. We will dole them out.”

Starns, who chairs the board’s external affairs committee, sent the message to LSU administrator Chris Vidrine in response to an article that day in The Advocate, detailing how lawmakers were “scooping up” the playoff tickets, taking advantage of “a perk of the job.”

Though state law prohibits lawmakers and other elected officials from receiving free game tickets, LSU policy allows them to purchase tickets at face value, before they’re sold on pricey secondary markets. Under the policy, members of the state Legislature are allowed to purchase two tickets each.

Starns linked to the article in his text message to Vidrine, who works in the president’s office as interim associate vice president of governmental relations and public policy.

“We should discuss this,” Vidrine replies. “There are many issues.”

Replies Starns: “YES there are. Among them are state legislators who vote against LSU.”

Football and Southern politics, like mom and apple pie.

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9 responses to ““A perk of the job”

  1. SpellDawg

    Will the robots just take over already!?! Sick of these pandering flesh bags…

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “I want to end this. I want ALL tickets to anything under my committee. We will dole them out.” Impressive chutzpah.

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  3. MDDawg

    Ah yes, if you don’t kiss the ring, no tickets for you! How does someone even “vote against LSU”?

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    • ASEF

      Cut funding? Cut funding but increase the mandates, which is a double whammy?

      Lot of state legislators nationwide don’t see the value in a research flagship and see the entire operation as egghead welfare. NC’s legislators infamously floated a proposal to force all professors in the UNC system to teach an 8 course load, no exceptions. They just didn’t get the connection between research labs at NC State and Chapel Hill and the billion dollar private companies based in the area. Some CEOs on their side politically read them the riot act, and they backed off.

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  4. ATL Dawg

    “Though state law prohibits lawmakers and other elected officials from receiving free game tickets, LSU policy allows them to purchase tickets at face value, before they’re sold on pricey secondary markets.”

    “…before they’re sold on pricey secondary markets.”

    This makes it sound like LSU sells tickets on secondary markets (Stubhub, etc.). Is that true?

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  5. 79Dawg

    We already allow state legislators to buy tickets at face value with no donation, they had access to end-zone tickets at the Dome and also have access to Benz tickets at face value… Remember that next time they complain about how little their pay is – the per diems and perks add up!

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  6. MGW

    This policy is a little dubious. We can do better. Let’s make it EXTREMELY dubious.

    Also, what exactly is a “state public defender” in Louisiana?

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  7. duronimo

    So in Louisiana the Uni-party has three components? All fairness aside …. since we’re ultimately talking about public funding, put all the tickets into a lottery and draw from a pool of taxpayers. Lawyer-makers would be excluded due to conflict of interests. Lawyers disqualified via the asshole exclusion clause.

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  8. StillSittinOnTheTracks

    As I said previously $$$$ money people; There is no middle class and corporations pay no tax so who buys the tickets and pay the bills. Perhaps the immigrants crossing the border.
    Let alone the fact that the Elected continue to be paid their salary for life. Though they serve one term and become lobbyists for drug, insurance and power monopolies in gas, oil and electrical.

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