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Port Allen residents frustrated by back-to-back mayoral trouble

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 09, 2013 Sep 9, 2013 Monday, September 09 2013 September 09, 2013 9:27 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.

"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are kind of a laughing stock right now."

Former Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis is doing federal time for accepting bribes while in office and current Mayor Deedy Slaughter, the woman elected to replace him, could face a recall election.

Governor Jindal has the list of more than 1300 people who want Slaughter gone. He's expected to set a recall election for Port Allen within 15 days.

"They're always asking me what's going on with our mayor," resident Delois Wolf said.

Slaughter's controversy does not end at the recall.

The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered Slaughter took a tax-payer funded trip to Washington DC and there appears to be no record she did city business while there.

She's also been involved in court cases dealing with how she handles city business.  Including, for giving herself a $20,000 raise without council approval.

"My name has been scandalized," Slaughter said in response to the recall effort.

Wolf agrees the town is divided, but she still believes Slaughter can succeed.

"I'm not going against her. When I see she do something wrong, then that's different. But as far as I know, she ain't never did nothing wrong," Wolf said.

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