She was alleged to have stolen cash locals had handed her to pay their city bill when she worked for the city of Liberty. When she left there, she went to work as a dispatcher for local law enforcement where she is alleged to have tipped off drug dealers before they were raided. Her next place of employment is in the county courthouse where she is said to be watching a lot of television, organizing church events for her church, and spending a great deal of time on the phone and elsewhere trying to get out the vote for the person who got her this courthouse job.
Of course the person being described is Connie Paintsil, political activists and the right hand of Commissioner Todd Fontenot. If a reader has time and wants to actually see what we are talking about, then enter the courthouse on the city hall side and take your first right, walk through the district clerks area and soon you will see Connie. Hard working? Maybe… but probably not. And if she is working there is a good chance it is not for who pays her salary. Liberty County taxpayers pay her salary. Not the local Democrat party. Or, as far as we know, not Todd Fontenot.
What might come to mind if you see Connie in inaction is the first line of a famous song – “How long has this been going on?” But don’t ask if you expect an uplifting answer. This is just part of Fontenot’s personal good ole boy operation. And if the whole thing were exposed you would see this has been going on way too long.
Unfortunately, Todd Fontenot intends to continue his reign as commissioner. He has Connie in place as always to help drive his campaign. He has bragged about his efforts to get out the vote in the Ames area and cash in on “thousands” of black votes while he plays games and postures like a conservative in the media.
His support of Barack Obama and the Democrat party aside, why would the good people of Ames or anywhere else in the southeast part of Liberty County let anyone talk them into trying to re-elect Fontenot? Wholesale changes have been made elsewhere in the county rejecting the kind of politics and the deep economic hole Fontenot has brought us.
His fellow Democrat and colleague on the court have admitted that Fontenot and Phil Fitzgerald and Lee Groce would be best described as “the evil empire”. When Connie or anyone else tries to sell a voter on Fontenot’s re-election, one might wonder what is in it for the person asking. Could it be some kind of favor or payback? Connie Paintstil has an office, a phone, a paycheck with almost no duties or responsibilities… what’s the deal?
Most of us would like to think the people of Ames and everywhere else in this county are too smart to continue backing this kind of stuff. Fontenot even seems to realize this as some in his campaign are beginning to whisper bad things about his opponents financial past. But let’s not be the only ones in the county that keep our good ole boy commissioner. Let’s thank him for his service and let someone else either put the Connie’s on our payroll to work for us or send them on their way. We can’t afford four more years of Connie helping Todd and Todd helping himself and the taxpayer wondering why we are in such a money crunch.