This time of year always frustrates local conservative political activists because of all of the re-inventing and re-packaging local Democratic politicians do. They have no shame. They are basically depending on voters to be too busy to know any better than to believe their sales pitch.
Liberty Dispatch was about to release the facts and figures on how Fontenot and his political cronies have drained the county’s fund balance because of all of their spending.Then Fontenot sends out a letter and a fancy slick looking flyer telling conservatives how conservative he “really” is. We can only guess what kind of mailer might have gone out to the “other mailing lists”. Fontenot speaks out of both sides of his rear end at re-election time. He will talk in terms of “we” and “us” in front of an African American group as he rallies behind Barack Obama and the Democrat party and he will wave the flag and talk as much like a conservative as he can before a different crowd.
But actions are more important than words. He has spent and borrowed and spent and borrowed. He has been supportive of any and every type of Democrat that voters have consistently rejected around here for years. But don’t get me wrong, Fontenot shouldn’t be beaten because of his party affiliation, he should be beaten because he embodies and represents what a liberal democrat is to an absolute “T’.
He list his accomplishments and his credentials and they are no different than anyone that has held that office. They are the responsibilities of the office. They are what he has been paid for. Our sincere hope would have been for Commissioner Fontenot to have shown leadership and to have helped to change the culture and the direction of the commissioners’ court, but he doesn’t even claim to have attempted that. The FEMA fraud and all of the other slimy low down political crap that has spewed from that courthouse remains connected to any politician who has taken the tact that Fontenot has. His colleague called Fontenot, Fitzgerald, and Groce “the evil empire”.
At election time words are cheap. A commissioner is not what they say they are unless it matches their actions. If Fontenot were to have sent a flyer out saying he enjoyed appropriating as much taxpayer money as he could get his hands on where he thought it ought to go. If he had reminded those who has done favors for to vote. If he had sent a letter to everyone encouraging us all to vote for him and politician he emulates, like Obama ……. Well we could respect that. But we still couldn’t afford it. The fact of the matter is we who live in the Liberty area can vote to return Fontenot to office, but the county can no longer afford to do business the way he has done business.
Vote for new leadership. The old leadership has had their chance. We have endured their time in office. Let’s give someone else a chance. Vote for Mike McCarty and let’s unleash the potential this area has by choosing a different and better way.