By Robert Mann
Did Peter Egan, chairman of the GOP Executive Committee of St. Tammany Parish, really issue a letter on Friday that compares Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to a wife killer?
Why, yes, he did.
In an open letter to Dardenne dated Nov. 5, Egan wrote, “Your behavior somewhat parallels what might be in the mind frame and actions of an angry and rageful husband. The behavior of endorsing Edwards is akin to that of a jilted man firing indiscriminately at his ex-wife’s car, mindless of the collateral harm and injury to many innocent people. Unlike the jilted man who cannot take back his impulsive actions, you, however, can redress the damage you may be causing.”
What sparked this insane letter?
Dardenne, a lifelong Republican, endorsed Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards for governor on Thursday over a former rival, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. For an endorsement that so many Republicans are saying doesn’t matter, this one really seems to matter to the state’s Republican leaders.
I wonder if Sen. David Vitter shares this view? What about Wendy Vitter? Does she believe it is appropriate or decent for a Louisiana Republican leader to compare Dardenne to a man who wishes to murder his wife?
Does the Louisiana Republican Party or the Republican National Committee embrace this image of Dardenne?
What about U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy? State Treasurer John Kennedy? U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves?
Will leading Republican condemn Egan today? If not, that will speak volumes about the party that wants to retain the Governor’s Mansion.
Note: In a subsequent post, I shared what seemed to be a racist Facebook post by Egan (pictured below) from April. It appears the post was not from the same Peter Egan, although both Egans have the same name and live in St. Tammany Parish. I regret the error.