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"Buddy" Roemer
Another Louisiana Embarrassment

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If anyone deserves the maximum number of YO-YO's it is Buddy Roemer, a former Democrat, and our governor from 1988 to 1992. In 1991, just before the end of his term as governor, he switched to the Republican Party in order to run against our popular and former governor Edwin Edwards. In that open primary election, he ran against Edwards and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, among others and finishing third. Now, the man who lost an election to David Duke wants to run for President of the United States. Something is wrong with that picture and it is another embarassment to Louisiana, only two years after Bobby Jindal's embarassing rebuttal to Obama's first speech to Congress in 2009.

Recently, Roemer gave a speech at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition to show how conservative he was. While there, he was interviewed by Sam Stein of the Huffington Post, resulting in the following headline:

"Buddy Roemer Is Fine With State-Sanctioned Gay Marriage, Just Not In His State."

Twice divorced Roemer is quoted by Stein as follows: "I’m a traditionalist in marriage," Roemer, a self-described "southern Methodist boy,” said. "Here’s as far as I can go: I’m comfortable with the states having this discussion. And I’m all for -- in my extended family, not my wife or kids, but beyond -- cousins, that sort of thing -- we have a gay member. We honor him. He’s a great guy. He moved to California so he would be in a community where he would be more comfortable. And I love living in a country where gays are honored and esteemed, but traditional lives can continue as well." Stein asked if Roemer would be fine if a state legalized gay marriage or a form of civil unions. Roemer responded: "That’s right. If I was living in the state or was part of the debate, I would oppose it, I want to make that clear. But that’s why we have 50 states. They’re all a little bit different." Read Full Stein Article.

Back in 1987 when Buddy Roemer was running against Edwin Edwards and David Duke, his father Charles Roemer (Edward's former Commissioner of Administration) was doing time in a Federal prison along with Carlos Marcello, the famous Mafia boss from New Orleans. Charles Roemer was convicted of taking bribes and having connections with Marcello. During that primary election, Edwards did not win the majority needed to avoid a runoff election. Almost no one thought Edwards would lose in the ensuing general election, but Edwards decided not to continue, conceding to Roemer who later won the gubernatorial general election.

Rumors had it that Edwards gave the election to Buddy Roemer as pay-back to Charles Roemer who took the fall for Edwards in an insurance scandal. Many believed that Edwards was involved in that scandal, and although Edwin was indicted numerous times over the years, it wasn't until 2001 that he was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison on racketeering charges. Edwin began serving his sentence in October 2002 and was released from federal prison into a halfway house on January 13, 2011. If Edwards could run for governor again, he would probably win.

At the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, Roemer spoke against ethanol subsidies, as being a wasteful government funded program. How can he possibly expect to be nominated in Iowa after making negative statements about ethanol to the corn growers of Iowa. Buddy Roemer, who has been out of politics for 19 years, couldn't win an election as a dogcatcher in Louisiana, much less the Presidency of the United States.