Monday, October 25, 2010

Louisiana: Dardenne Says "No" (Yawn)

Jay Dardenne (R) is running for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana. He s currently serving as Secretary of State. In a recent interview with the Capitol Correspondent of this exchange occurred:
Q: Who is one of your favorite Louisiana politicians from years gone by?
A: Former Congressman Henson Moore of Baton Rouge, who, from 1975 to 1987, was only the second Republican to represent Louisiana in the U.S. House since Reconstruction.

Q: Would you be in favor of a pardon for former Gov. Edwin Edwards?
A: “No.”
One wonders how many politicians currently running for office support clemency for anyone, anywhere. But why do the media ask such threatening and generally unenlightening questions. If clemency is such a curiosity, why not ask, "Do you think the pardon power is necessary? What are the circumstances under which you think it should be employed?" See full exchange here.

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