There’s another reason to be proud of Alexandria.
Greg Aymond, a former member of the Ku Klan Klan, made an incredibly hateful, last-ditch attempt at promoting his candidate for Mayor by cutting out pictures of the incumbent Mayor, Ken Juneau, and me and placing them on one of his stock photos of the Klan, which, to me, seemed like a transparently reckless attempt at justifying his own overtly bigoted track record. He also photoshopped a picture of Mayor Roy to make it appear as if he was in blackface, and then he published it on his website, maliciously and falsely suggesting that a real photo could exist. It is one of the sickest and most deranged things I’ve ever seen in politics, and frankly, it makes me question Mr. Aymond’s mental stability and sanity.
Greg Aymond was supported and embraced by Patrick Lacour, a former Cleco employee who volunteered for the same candidate endorsed by Mr. Aymond, only a few months after Mr. Lacour apparently approached the City for a role in the then-pending litigation against his former employer.
And the candidate that Mr. Aymond and Mr. Lacour supported, well, she also implicitly allowed her online supporters to hurl vicious attacks against anyone and everyone who believed in the incumbent. Her online supporters called on people to boycott locally-owned businesses and restaurants; they claimed I suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, not cerebral palsy; they were unabashedly scurrilous, divisive, and hateful.
And guess what? They didn’t win a single precinct. Mr. Aymond’s and Mr. Lacour’s preferred candidate received less than 1% of the vote in their own neighborhoods and only 8% citywide.
Again, it’s a new day in Alexandria.
Mr. Aymond, Mr. Coco, and Mr. Lacour, in my humble opinion, haven’t just proven themselves to be ineffectual; they’ve also demonstrated themselves to be politically toxic and blatantly disingenuous.