Peal River (Louisiana) Mayor James Lavigne was indicted in October on four counts including theft and malfeasance. That didn't stop him from running for re-election and after managing to make a runoff, he lost his bid for a seventh term in office.
But on the final day of the year, the combative mayor clearly intended to end 2014 on his own terms. He called an emergency Board of Aldermen meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday with one item on the agenda: his farewell address.
It was a speech he never gave.
When reporters began showing up at Pearl River Town Hall, the 74-year-old Lavigne began threatening to leave, demanding to be told who had informed the news media of the meeting.
“It’s a public meeting,” said Ashley Rodrigue, of WWL-TV, who broke the story on financial irregularities at the town. “It was all over Facebook,” she added.
“Facebook can kiss my ass, and you too and Channel 4 news,” Lavigne said as he got into his town-owned GMC Denali and drove away.
Good riddance we say.
H/T The Advocate