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Prefectoral Election Woes

2009/06/17

28 Prairial CCXVII (17 June 2009), Baizillac (near Bouvlerain), Osage, Louisianne

by Genevieve Cotillion, L’Étoile de Lyons-sur-Mizouri, Vie Populaire section

The road of courtship has been long and hard for Messieurs Boucher and Narbonòsc as they’ve visited and wooed the Members of Parliament for Osage to win their vote in this unprecedented second primary.

They’ve both come to Baizillac, due south of Lyons-sur-Mizouri today to visit recalcitrant Joseph Moreau, seeking to get his attention and vote in the upcoming primary on Saturday, 1 Messidor CCXVII (20 June 2009).

Their offers brought by assistants and campaign aides have so far been rebuffed and M. Moreau has gone so far as to request the local police to protect his home and prevent the media from turning it into a circus. In a unique interview, M. Moreau accepted our news team into his home and spoke with candor.

M. Moreau has served in the legislatures of Osage since he was a young man, and is now in his 85th year of life. When asked if he would retire after this term, he smiled and said, “I’ll retire when the bon dieu tells me to. Until then, I’ll do my best to serve my neighbors and be their voice, if they’ll have me.”

“I’m not going to be swayed by the presents or flattery these men give me. It’s not a matter of how much they promise me and the people I represent — it’s what their track record has been so far. I’ve seen the work done by M. Narbonòsc for his sous-prefecture of Mizouri as a member of the parliament, and I’ve seen what he’s done for Aurillac as the sous-prefect years ago. I’ve also seen how M. Boucher votes and which legislation he supports.

“My vote isn’t going to be on promises — that’s worth about as much as a fart in the wind, if you’ll excuse the expression. I’m going to vote for the man I feel has done his best for the people of Osage, because if he’s in it for himself, then he won’t care a cornhusk for any of us.” He pointed out the window, toward the street where Messieurs Boucher and Narbonòsc waited. “I’m not the only one that feels this way. We all know that unless we vote for a man of character we’re going to get the same shonatchigammes* we had under Mitterand.”

When asked about his feeling of the changing political climate of Louisianne, M. Moreau smiled. “I’m all for changing more than just the crust of this Helvetian Mince Pie. And if the bon dieu will let me, I’ll do all I can for as long as I can.”

*from the Gaelic sionnachuighim, translated, “I play the fox.”, equivalent of shenanigans or tom-foolery in English.

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