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Editorial Endorsement: Caroline Fayard for lieutenant governor

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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:18 am | Updated: 7:22 am, Thu Sep 23, 2010.

"Every generation needs a new revolution."

- Thomas Jefferson

Imagine a world where the best and brightest step forward into public service to become leaders and problem solvers. That was the vision for our country of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence at age 33, and the founding fathers when they started this experiment of representative democracy in which the governing class arises from among the governed.

It is something to think about when we vote on Oct. 2 for lieutenant governor, a post seen largely as an audition for governor. We are told that a longtime career politician with a massive campaign warchest already has dibs on Louisiana's number two spot. If that's so, if this is how politics works, we're in trouble.

We prefer a fresh look first at the qualifications of the eight people vying for the position. After such a look, we find ourselves in the unusual place of recommending the one we think is running for the right reasons, even if she is young and running for public office for the first time. Our choice is Caroline Fayard, someone we are also proud to claim as a Livingston Parish native and longtime resident. For our parish to produce a statewide elected official is long overdue. It's never happened before. Yet that is hardly the only reason for our choice. So let us tell you a few things about the qualifications of the young woman seeking the office against six men, including the current Secretary of State, a former parish president, former police juror, the head of the state Republican Party and a term-limited state senator looking for his next political gig.

In contrast to the rest of this unexciting field, Caroline Fayard, age 32, has distinguished herself both academically and professionally. In that respect, she's not unlike our current sitting governor, Bobby Jindal, the Rhodes Scholar who came to the Mansion like a breath of fresh air at age 37. Caroline, the daughter of two well-known area attorneys, grew up in Livingston Parish and graduated as Valedictorian at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge. She attended Dartmouth and obtained her law degree from the University of Michigan. After working briefly on Wall Street, where she experienced the horrors of 9-11, she chose to return to Louisiana to practice and teach law. It was here, as a resident of New Orleans, that she then shared with the rest of us the traumatic experience of Hurricane Katrina.

It is unusual for a brilliant, accomplished, career-minded young person to turn toward public service so early in life. When it happens, the desire is likely driven by a realization of the many needs for ability and vision in government, of the bitter consequences when it falls short. We can and must do better. When we vote Oct. 2 for an office that could be a launching pad for the next governor, consider picking a home grown product and a promising young achiever who might just do something extraordinary with the chance.


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  • sandeeds posted at 11:42 am on Mon, Sep 27, 2010.

    sandeeds Posts: 134

    Why wouldn't Ms Fayard get involved in an office lower down if politics interested her? I can't for the life of me understand why she decided to suddenly step in for Lt Governor. It's not an office to cut your teeth on politically. Why didn't she run for City or Parish Council ?

  • spanky posted at 10:51 pm on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

    spanky Posts: 6

    I just cannot vote for someone who wants to try and force a private company to change how they decide to operate. Why not make all of the out of state business have to set up offices here? This has to be one of the craziest campaign platforms I have ever seen. Whether I think BP is right or wrong in the response to the oil spill, how long will it be before she wants to decide how our ( the little people ) lives should be run? I guess that she is another liberal elitest who knows what I need even if it's not what I want.

  • vikingsfan68 posted at 1:51 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    vikingsfan68 Posts: 7

    How interesting. Jeff David is picking a liberal Democrat who, if Bobby Jindal leaves office early, will step into one of the most powerful governorships in the United States. What damage she could do to our state's pro-family policies if her politics line up with her former employer, Hillary Clinton. At least we can know for a fact that Jeff David is not a principled conservative.

  • rouxdsla posted at 8:09 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    rouxdsla Posts: 681

    I'm sure Ms Fayard is a nice and intelligent young woman. Why would she want a job that basically has no duties except to run around the state giving speeches? Vote for Sammy Kershaw he'll be much more entertaining and perfect for a job that does nothing. It'll also insure that Jindal will remain in office for his entire term.


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