WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) called today for Gov. John Bel Edwards to drop his petty vendetta against Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator and appoint Prator’s wife to the Red River Waterway Commission.
A Democratic state senator told the news media that Edwards blocked Carolyn Prator’s nomination because her husband criticized the governor’s criminal justice reform efforts. Carolyn Prator was the unanimous choice for the appointment and offers impeccable credentials.
“In politics, you can’t make it personal, especially when it comes to someone’s spouse and kids. You always need to put the people’s interests first,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Criminal justice reform has been a disaster, but the governor shouldn’t take it out on a respected professional who has a wealth of experience in flood control funding decisions. That is simply reprehensible. The Red River Waterway Commission works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to sustain the Red River as an economic engine in seven parishes. I don’t want the commission mixed up in Huey Long-style politics because the governor is mad. He needs to appoint Mrs. Prator and allow her to work for the people of this state.”