We never cease to be surprised by the degree to which elected officials can treat public assets as private property.
The latest case in point is Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, whose office received 30 tickets, collectively worth about $9,000, to a luxury suite at the Bayou Country Superfest in May. Holden refused to name the recipients of those tickets, saying it’s his “privilege” not to disclose who benefited from the mayor’s generosity.
Holden’s mention of “privilege” to defend his secrecy seems more like the comment of a king, not a public servant. We expect a higher standard of transparency from the mayor of Baton Rouge.