It has been really refreshing to see a political candidate who has not held a previous public office and is smart, young, and attractive. She also seems to possess the energy to beat the good ole boys at their own game. My first impressions of her were the television commercials she ran. They were pleasantly low key for political ads, but they seem to have impressed many folks beside myself. More impressive than her ads was the occasion of meeting her on Saturday, October 9th at the induction of Harold Schoefler (a well known environmentalist) as a Living Legend at the Acadian Museum in Erath. She was making the rounds of all of the cultural events in the area.
According to Wikipedia Fayard has a pretty impressive resumé: "Fayard grew up in Denham Springs, Louisiana, and was valedictorian of the Class of 1996 in nearby Baton Rouge's Episcopal High School, where she participated in Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She received a baccalaureate degree from Dartmouth College in 2000 and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2005. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York. She served as a congressional page and interned in the White House under President William Jefferson Clinton and then worked for Goldman Sachs and Williams & Connolly before returning to Louisiana as a law clerk for Stanwood R. Duval Jr., a judge for the Federal Eastern District of Louisiana. She has served on the law faculty of Loyola University New Orleans and as of 2010 is in private practice. She has been actively involved in Louisiana Appleseed, Federal Bar Association, Junior League of New Orleans, and Delta Delta Delta."
Let's get the word out to encourage some of these stubborn old Republicans to vote for her. If you can afford it, send her some money as well.
She is running against Jay Dardenne, the current Republican Secretary of State who can't seem to make up his mind what he wants to be when he grows up. First he was a Magistrate (whatever that is), then a law clerk, then a District Judge, then he went into the private practice of law. His resumé states that since 1989, he is was a member of a law firm for the duration of time he spent as an elected official between 1989 and the present. Most would think that this would be unethical, but I guess this is still the old Louisiana, and he is one of Bobby Jindal's cronies.
Dardenne voted to give taxpayer-funded lifetime healthcare benefits to term limited legislators (HB 1028 of 2006), voted to prohibit free sporting tickets for legislators while he was receiving free tickets for Tiger Stadium Suite, and raised campaign funds during legislative session because of loophole in state law. His official government website is SOS.louisiana.gov. I thought SOS meant Shit On a Shingle, which looks and smells like it's description.