Apr 15, 2010 46 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
UPDATE: I just had another very interesting conversation with Governor Jindal’s press secretary Kyle Plotkin. He was friendly and helpful, up to the point where I began pressing him with questions as to how he knew that neither Allee or Joe had been wearing Sarah Palin pins. Was he there? Did they tell him? He refused to say how he knew, and in fact refused to answer any questions about the incident whatsoever, except to very emphatically repeat, about a dozen times, “They were NOT wearing Palin pins!” , especially after I told him about Rantburg’s post of today, citing an unnamed witness who absolutely contradicted the Governor’s position about the pins. He also asked me for information as to how to get to the Rantburg post, and I gave it to him. He then emailed me the Governor’s statement of two days ago, above which he wrote:
Pat â€“ Our full statement is below. I want to reiterate that we are not aware of any evidence that the individuals involved in the altercation were protestors (sic). And again, I also want to point out that they were NOT wearing Palin pins.
Friday night, the Governorâ€™s campaign fundraiser, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend were involved in an altercation in the French Quarter with a group of people.
While there were protestors around at that time, we are not aware of any evidence that the individuals involved in the altercation were protestors.
Alleeâ€™s leg was badly broken in the incident, she has had surgery, and she is facing a recovery time of two to three months. Her boyfriend had a concussion, and also a fractured nose and jaw. They are both expected to fully recover.
NOPD is investigating the incident and we are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done. Our prayers are with Allee. She is a strong person and we are sure she will make a speedy recovery.
Why all this obsession with denial about the pins, is beyond me. I can only speculate that Governor Jindal is quite passionate about the truth, and/or quite passionate about the fuse of the powder keg of this country not being lit in his state, at least not at a time when front line elements of the warring parties are still co-mingling in the French Quarter.
First post of today, about my conversation with the New Orleans Police Department:
I just had a very interesting and somewhat confusing conversation with New Orleans Police Department Public Information Officer Bob Young.
Mr. Young confirmed to me that the New Orleans police had indeed taken statements from both of the victims, Jindal aide Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend, Joe Brown. He confirmed that in those statements, the victims reported that their assailants had indeed hurled “insults” at them, and the “insults” were, and I quote, “of a political nature”. Describing the entire attack, he went on to say “it was of a political nature”. I then repeated what he told me, and he confirmed it as accurate. I had a witness on the call, Mark Harvey of the Snooper Report, who can confirm this. However, for reasons I’m not clear about, when I pressed him again later, he began to backtrack a bit, perhaps with some cya in regard to his superiors, and he said that he was not authorized to give an official statement about the contents of the “insults”, and for the record, it had not officially been made clear to him what the contents of those “insults” were. He ended up going from “yes, it was of a political nature” to “I’m not sure”. Mark, an established blogger, was as baffled as I.
My read on this: he caught himself talking out of school in a relaxed opening with me, and then backtracked before he got his ass in trouble.
He then informed me that the lead detective on the case was one Detective Nick Gernin, a crack officer, one of the very best in the 8th Division, the Division assigned to cover the French Quarter. Detective Gernin had told him yesterday that he had “a couple of hours” of surveillance tapes to review last night. Mr. Young told me that the detective wasn’t in the office yet, but that as soon as he was, he would get a report from him as to the contents of those tapes, and he would call me with whatever there was to report about them.
Mr. Young also told me that there was no other new information to report on the case at this time, and that there were no named suspects on anybody’s mind or list.