La. BESE President James Garvey Active in the Purchase of 2010 Jeff Parish School Board Race
On June 04, 2016, I wrote a post about an email that Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) president James Garvey sent to the rest of the BESE board especially regarding one of Louisiana state superintendent John White’s lawsuits to block public record requests.
At the end of the post, I noted that the real issue is that the public does not trust White because White is “a greasy, fast-tracked ‘superintendent’ who has an established reputation for narrative mud.”
Even as I was writing those words, I was thinking that Garvey is also greasy.
And wouldn’t you know, an anonymous commenter noticed that Garvey responded using his personal email and asked me if I were aware of this January 2016nola.com article regarding a public records request connected to Garvey.
I was not. It is quite a story, and at the end of the article, reporter Danielle Dreilinger attached the actual emails cited in her article.
The article concerns the 2010 Jefferson Parish school board election. It is entitled, “See How Jefferson Business Activists Plotted School Board Takeover.”
Here are some excerpts:
Newly released emails that passed through the government account of Lucien Gunter, former executive director of the Jefferson Economic Development Commission, shed new light on the extent to which Gunter and other business activists engaged in extensive campaigning and fundraising for candidates in the pivotal 2010 Jefferson Parish School Board races. …The names of most of Gunter’s email correspondents have been redacted. But it is clear that he worked hand-in-glove with Metairie lawyer Jim Garvey, who is an elected member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary andLa. BESE President James Garvey Active in the Purchase of 2010 Jeff Parish School Board Race | deutsch29: