You know – Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover spends a lot of time claiming allegations against him are “baseless” by the Wooley campaign’s TruthAboutGlover website. Ok, well let’s let him say that about U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks and Shreveport District E City Councilman Ron Webb.
The Defendants, as well as politicians of every stripe, used Fiscal Operations, Inc. and its collection of crane user fees as a punch bowl, into which they could dip at will. — U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks (about Calvin Grigsby)
…But I have a lot of reservations about one of the underwriters that we’re trying to use by the name of Calvin Grigsby. — Shreveport City Councilman Ron Webb
And what was Cedric Glover’s reply at the City Council meeting to Ron Webb’s concerns? He had a snarky reply that “I tend to think if you Google my name, or your name, or any member of this Council’s name, you might find some interesting things as well.” Do what? What the hell does that have to do with Calvin Grigsby?
Like many folks Mr. Grigsby has some issues that some might find to be controversial….just because there are rumors and accusations, doesn’t mean that you’re actually guilty of anything…But I found an individual who had a history of being able to find situations like ours and present to us opportunities… — Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover
A long history of being able to find situations? I’d say so. Apparently Calvin Grigsby, CEO of Grigsby & Associates, tends to end up where there is controversy, just like Glover.
What else did the federal judge say about Grigsby?
The Government has presented substantial evidence of greed and public corruption, the placement of private interests over those of the public,” Middlebrooks wrote. “Accountability was non-existent; financial controls were ignored and indeed disdained.
To be fair, Grigsby and the other 2 defendants were acquitted on technicalities, but the statements from the judge are fact.
And what about the earlier cases from 1998 for bribery, among other things? Looks like Grigsby is pretty slippery.
Defense attorneys believe the seaport case is much weaker than the bond case, which is bolstered by an abundance of damning FBI wiretaps and videotapes. By contrast the seaport case will require jurors to follow a voluminous paper trail of contracts, billing invoices, and receipts — a journey that is likely to be both confusing and tedious. — Miami New Times, 1998
He is expected to take jurors on a behind-the-scenes tour of Miami-Dade County’s bond business, claiming that for the last decade it has been awash in corruption and controlled by crooked politicians. The only way for him to work in Miami-Dade County, Grigsby will assert, was to play along, albeit reluctantly. — Miami New Times, 1998
Grigsby’s unusual winning streak on Alameda County bond contracts caused the county grand jury to take notice a few years ago, as did the FBI, the SEC, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. — The Bond Buyer, November 15, 1996
…except a CFPPC fine in September for allegedly laundering a campaign contribution to longtime friend and Alameda County supervisor Mary King. Grigsby paid the $5,000 fine, but denied the allegation. — The Bond Buyer, November 15, 1996
How baseless are those Glover?