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Where does Glover find these people?

glover supports grigsby indictments

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

Council Proceedings – City of Shreveport – Feb 26, 2008

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?

References:

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MiamiNewTimes-GrigsbyInDefenseOfGrigsby

Grigsby left so firm wouldn’t suffer from scandal’s fallout

Grigsby breaks long silence

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Cedric Up in Smoke

glover and pot - yes or no?

As I blogged about last week, certain high-profile…let’s just skip that. In Dannye Malone’s divorce with his now ex-wife, these interrogatory questions were asked:

(D) Do you deny that you have consumed, ingested and/or smoked marijuana in the matrimonial domicile with Cedric Glover and Dale Sibley?

(E) Do you deny that third persons, including, but not limited to Dale Sibley, came to the matrimonial domicile on numerous occasions for the purpose of taking possession of a package of marijuana? If you admit this fact, was the package of marijuana the subject of a sale or was the illegal contraband donated by you to the third person or persons?

Now, these are interrogatories and not statements made during a trial. However, remember that interrogatories must be answered truthfully. That’s where the problem lies.

We don’t know the answers – what say you Cedric?

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According to TruthAboutGlover and court documents, these answers were sealed. That just leaves more questions.

UPDATE 10-28-2010:

Malone said the answer in his divorce case as to whether Glover smoked marijuana at his home is sealed in court documents. However, he said, the answer was no. — KTBS Article on the debate

Blaming it on Glover

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Cedric, you just don’t get it all do you? You are the mayor, not the neighborhood pastor. Perpetuating evil? Nice try at diverting from the subject while at a church.

That’s almost as dumb as saying “your rights are suspended“. I really wish I had been there to record the audio and video at Praise Temple. That would have been a blast to pick apart.

“Mr. Wooley ought to be ashamed for attempting to try to blame it on her. I find it interesting that we can profess to be a Christian but at the same time we can perpetuate evil to those that have done us no harm. But that’s politics.” — Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover

First off, Glover, Lillian Priest and the company she was involved with took the money and did not complete the project. That’s not blaming her – it’s stating a fact. The blame lies with you for apparently not pursuing the $750k – $1m that is missing. Here are the relevant documents:

saa terminates air reunion

Shreveport Air Authority Agreement with Air Reunion, LLC

Shreveport Airport Authority Special Meeting – Terminate Air Reunion

  • Now Cedric, are you going to explain why the contract was terminated?
  • Are you going to explain the link between you and Lillian Priest?
  • So how much of the work actually was completed, Cedric?

While we are on the subject, here are a few more questions:

  • How do you intend to pay for the additional police officers hired from the stimulus money?
  • Why did you need that SUV?

Wooley vs Glover – Mayors Forum

Note: Video embedded at end of article. Approx 48 mins.

Well I have to admit, the Shreveport Mayors Forum at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church was pretty interesting. Bryan Wooley came out swinging, and Glover did his best to dodge the punches. I have to give both of them credit for standing up to the questions.

I got the opportunity to meet Zach Bruhnke, friend on Facebook, as well as Ryan Wooley and a few of my clients. Just stop and think for a minute about how social media is changing us as a society. I experience this all the time in my tech business, but it’s still impressive.

I’ve been slightly critical of Bryan Wooley here and on Facebook. The little bit of publicity I had seen didn’t impress me that much. However, tonight he was pretty much on target and on message. He was articulate and spoke clearly without too much rambling.

Wooley was not afraid to throw the correct punches and there is a lot to be said about that in a candidate. I think we’ve all had it with political correctness.

Wooley focused quite a bit on the need for an accessible mayor and meeting with people to get things done. He also hit pretty hard on the Shreveport Police pay raise issue and Glover’s acceptance of stimulus money to hire more officers with no long-term way to pay.

When asked about a ~$90k loan that wasn’t supposedly wasn’t repaid, Wooley simply said it wasn’t true. Concerning a restraining order, Wooley confirmed it and stated that he and his ex-wife now have a good relationship.

Everyone knows that I don’t like Cedric Glover; however, he handled the questions relatively well even if he did throw out the red herrings to skirt around the Lillian Priest Airport issue. Instead of actually addressing where the missing money went, Glover avoided the issue by trying to lay the blame on a “good ole boy network.” I guess he forgets that the events and contracts are well documented, but then that is typical Glover.

Over the next two weeks you are going to hear all sorts of things…I can tell you who the guy was standing on the grassy knoll…what you are seeing is the good ole boy network…so that they can control things like the airport. Folks that right now tell Bryan things that have no basis in fact. — Mayor Cedric Glover

The matter he is referring to happened several years ago. — Mayor Cedric Glover

We believe this is a perfect example of corruption…Less than 3% of the work was done yet they were paid in full…and you as the taxpayer have lost your money.  — Bryan Wooley

Concerning the firing and rehiring of Roy Miller (Shreveport Airport Authority), Glover said that he didn’t feel it was an appropriate way to handle things when the mayor went out of town.

I came to the decision that we needed to see change…You do not dismiss or fire an individual based on that way. I felt that was not a proper and appropriate way to handle that situation. –Cedric Glover

When asked about the Section 8 residents donating $7500, Glover stated that the filing was amended after the error was realized.

Glover has a natural tendency to ramble quite a bit, but that is his style. I will also give him credit for a very decent and respectful answer concerning the “restraining order” question. He also had the stats on decreasing crime and progress on the budget.

See there Calvin? I can give Glover credit for something.

Note: To Zach’s dismay, if I were a Shreveport voter, I’d have to go with Wooley after this debate. His answers seemed to be more focused and on target. Yeah, he may have a few skeletons in his closet, but I’m quite sure Big G does too.

Note: Please forgive some of the shakey footage. It was done handheld with a Flip HD and an iPhone 4.