I got a good rundown on some of the fun from a friend in
As you might know the race for the 6th Congessional District between Woody Jenkins and Donald Cazayoux (here described in the Times-Pic) is going down to the wire. And I thought it important to spread the lowdown on what a nut job Jenkins is and a little about his ambitions. It’s long, but its worth knowing what this guy is about. I included a few links at the end, but as far as I know, everything in this holds water and can be googled.
Woody Jenkins is a Dangerous Extremist
The Party Flip Flopper
Jenkins was a Young Republican since high school and worked as a page for two republican state representatives as a teenager. In 1971 he switched to the Democratic Party to run for a Baton Rouge-area seat in the State House. He remained a Democrat in the State House for 28 years. In 1978 and 1980 he ran for the United States Senate as a Democrat. In 1994, he announced his decision to change his party affiliation to Republican.
The Sore Loserman
In 1996, Jenkins ran for the Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Bennett Johnston. Although Jenkins appeared ahead during the election, a late surge of votes from the
Jenkins contested the election results, claiming that about 8,000 votes had been illegally cast. Jenkins took his case to the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, claiming that Landrieu's win was the result of
Taxes are for Poor People
Since cutting taxes are the apparent centerpiece of Jenkins campaign, it is interesting to note that he doesn’t believe he has to pay any taxes. Since 1990, Jenkins has had at least 20 state and federal tax liens filed against his company, Great Oaks Broadcasting, that total more than $340,000
Rules are for Other People
Another controversy swarming around Woody Jenkins’ career was the creation of a non-profit, Friends of the
A Sucker is Born
In addition, the treasurer of Friends of the
Jenkins is also associated with some questionable members of the religious right. The kind that want to control your personal life; the kind that no self-respecting libertarian would tolerate.
Jenkins has the current endorsement of James Dobson of the Focus on the Family empire. The political wing of Focus on the Family is the Family Research Council whose president is Tony Perkins. The Family Research Council is at the forefront of fighting its one-sided "culture war" in which it seeks to turn
Tony Perkins claims responsibility for
In 1981, Jenkins and some high profile figures from the religious right (including Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and R.J. Rushdooney) formed the ultra-secretive right wing organization known as the Council for National Policy (CNP). They were funded by right-wing industrialists such as Amway founder Richard DeVos and beer magnate Adolph Coors. Jenkins was the CNP’s first executive director. Jenkins and his cohorts were aided in founding the CNP by members of the John Birch Society.
Tony Perkins was Jenkins' 1996 Senate campaign manager. Perkins paid $82,500 to a phone-banking firm tied to Klansman/Neo-Nazi David Duke for the right to use Duke's voter list. After contracting with the firm on the basis of Duke's personal recommendation, Jenkins then attempted to conceal the payments when the Duke ties became public. Jenkins' defunct Senate campaign agreed to pay a fine for the concealment. Apparently, Jenkins was able to convince the FEC to reduce the fine to $3,000 on the grounds of his inability to pay a larger fine.
Does this mean Jenkins is a neo-nazi? Not specifically, no. But it does mean that he believed that he had something to offer such people in 1996. I suspect he may still has something to offer the skin-heads of
No Federal Aid
The CNP, like the John Birch Society, wallows in bizarre conspiracy theories, and issues calls for unrestrained dog-eat-dog capitalism and the dismantling of federal agencies that deal with housing or education. Jenkins echoes many of those aims and, pre-Katrina, he publicly called for the dissolution of several federal agencies who have been instrumental in assisting
Jenkins has run a campaign on two main issues, that Don Cazayoux will raise taxes and that he is in league with Obama and Pelosi to put health care into the hands of "bureaucrats" (as opposed to altruistic corporate accountants). Given that Cazayoux is a John Breaux style Democrat (i.e. a moderate who will work across party lines), and that he identifies himself as pro-life, that’s about all Jenkins has to work with.
WVLA in Red Stick shows us some people trying to help poor Woody with his chronic problem with paying his taxes on time. Daily Kingfish has the video of him brazenly lying (for…Jesus?) in a campaign ad. And here is some more on the Council for National Policy where Woody presumably hangs out (via Oyster) in the treehouse with Bobby and Timmy…