Louisianne: Let the Mudslinging begin!


IBAP: Baton Rouge.
17 Floréal CCXVI (7 May 2008)

Directed Mailings have virtually inundated the MPs of Saint-Onge, and even many of their constituents. The political parties of the Républicains Libres and the Loi Naturelle have both been sending mailings extolling the virtues of their candidates and smearing the failings of the candidates of the opposition.

While this sort of behavior is commonplace, the television and radio ads used in this campaign are a first for Louisiannans. Up until the Presidency of Jean-François Young strict controls of radio and television have prevented this “giclant de la vase,” or as it has become known, “vasant” of public contenders for public office.

“Vasant”, a term which roughly relates to mudslinging in English is the practice of casting doubt on a contender for office, but is more strictly controlled, and these allegations can only be made through direct mailings, television and radio by the political parties.

With the opening of the airwaves to this campaigning has created a stir among the citizens of the nation. “We don’t want to hear this,” said Pierre Flandin, citizen of LeCompte, to the west of Baton Rouge. “With the free press, we hear pretty much everything that the leaders do. It’s not as if we expect them to be saints.” When asked who he would vote for, were he in Parliament, he said, “I think they’re both terrible. I don’t like what the Loi Naturelle party stands for, but at the same time, I don’t like the record of Monsieur Baldi. He’s not called ‘Le Pingre’ for laughter’s sake.”

Other citizens were of the same feeling. When Emmelot Brock, Sous-Prefect of Loire-Neuf was approached regarding this issue, she stated flatly, “Direct mailings should be enough. It sickens me to see us resort to such poor political behavior as is found on either side of our borders.”

Most politicians feel that the Loi Naturelle has largely caused this situation, with their forceful attacks against Baldi and his record. Had Landrieu’s record been pushed to the fore, with her accomplishments only, the paper storm would likely not be so large.

Throw into the mix allegations of dalliances on the part of M. Baldi with a daughter of known Pegre crime boss “The Gambeaux,” Sophie Gambeaux. These have been firmly denounced by Baldi, and his wife Aloïs Chavanoz has remained firmly supportive of her husband.

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