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State Treasurer and Some Legislators Disagree at Session

Treasurer John Kennedy Treasurer John Kennedy

It's getting real personal over at the Capitol between some lawmakers and state Treasurer John Kennedy. Kennedy says it's all about his decision not to support a sugar mill in Bunkie that Commissioner Bob Odom and Senator Don Hines badly wanted. Senator Hines says his bill making changes to the bond commission Kennedy sits on has nothing to do with the sugar mill issue. He says it's about cleaning up the treasurer's office.

State Treasurer John Kennedy says Senator Don Hines just wants revenge because Kennedy refused to support Hines's sugar mill. However, Senator Hines says his frustrations have nothing to do with the mill. He says, "I apologize to you that Mr. Kennedy came here and grand stand and played politics today. Thank God for the syrup mill or he'd be an obscure politician."

Senator Don Hines wants to take away some of state Treasurer John Kennedy's power over the bond commission. Hines says his bill would not change the bond commission process; it would just give other legislators more pull. Senator Hines says, "The legislature needs to be involved. We don't need to be made to look like crooks because we do something."

Treasurer Kennedy insists Senator Hines, speaker Joe Salter, and even Governor Blanco are all out to teach him a lesson. Kennedy says, "You're suppose to go along. You'll help them get their if they'll help you get your. It's give and take and pid qup pro and you go drink whiskey together and you're all big buddier. You know that's not for me." Kennedy says he refused to support the sugar mill because it is a waste of tax payer dollars, and he says he'd make the same decision today. He says, "I'm going to stand up and speak the truth to power. I don't care whose toes get stepped on." He adds, "This bill has nothing to do with the syrup mill. It has a lot to do about if you don't kiss his ring, you don't get on the agenda."

Clearly, politics is not always polished and politicians do not always see eye-to-eye. Senator Hines's bill breezed through a House committee Wednesday afternoon without any objection. It next goes to the House floor for a vote.

Reporter:  Caroline Moses, WAFB 9NEWS


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