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Friday, September 16, 2005

Debunking Broussard



"The guy who runs this building I'm in, Emergency Management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called him and said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?' And he said, 'Yeah, Momma, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday' — and she drowned on Friday night. She drowned on Friday night. Nobody's coming to get us, nobody's coming to get us."

-- Aaron Broussard
September 4, 2005

I heart-wrenching story that had people from coast to coast weeping in anguish.

Except it was bullshit.

Tom Rodrigue in Jefferson Parish's emergency services director. Rodrigue's 92-year-old mother, Eva, was at St. Rita's nursing home. She died on Monday.

Tom Rodrigue, whose mother died in the nursing home, was angry Tuesday and near tears. "She deserved the chance, you know, to be rescued instead of having to drown like a rat," he told CNN.

WaPo

How ever did she make all of those calls after she was dead???

St. Rita's, like the President, are blaming the locals.

Salvador A. Mangano and his wife, Mable, surrendered and were jailed on 34 counts of negligent homicide. They posted bond of $50,000 each later Tuesday. Each count carries up to five years in prison.

The Manganos' attorney, Jim Cobb, said his Tuesday night that his clients are innocent, and he blamed St. Bernard Parish officials for not ensuring an evacuation plan was proceeding.

WaPo

As for the Mangano's politics:

OpenSecrets.org

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