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.