Posted: Apr 5, 2014 10:52 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 6, 2014 11:16 AM
PORT ALLEN- Saturday's election that booted Deedy Slaughter from a municipal position for some time was the culmination from a nearly 14-month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered questions about a trip Slaughter took to Washington, D.C.
Slaughter used city money to pay for a $2400 trip to the Presidential Inauguration in January 2013. Slaughter said the trip was city business and that she met with Senator Mary Landrieu when she was there. But, the only proof Slaughter had was a picture with the senator. Landrieu even said she and Slaughter never discussed Port Allen.
Following the report on channel 2, Slaughter fired the city's chief financial officer and a judge had to reinstate her.
The issue caused drama with the mayor and the council that began to grow when she raised her salary about $20,000 without the council's approval.
By Summer 2013, Slaughter and the council were at odds and city council meetings became screaming matches between leaders and residents.
In November, a group was able to get enough signatures to force a successful recall election.
"I am not disappointed at all," Slaughter told WBRZ News 2. "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, we are going to continue to press on," she said.