BATON ROUGE – Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office called Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardene’s recent attack on Landry “false,” after the governor’s office denied Landry’s alleged request for a car allowance and mileage reimbursements, accusing him of “double-dipping.”
Dardene’s attack is false. Attorney General Jeff Landry has continuously gone
the extra mile to save taxpayers money,” Landry’s spokeswoman Ruth Wisher told
The Louisiana Record. “Attorney General Jeff Landry purchased a vehicle with his
own money and receives mileage reimbursements. He chose this method because it
is the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”
The Attorney General’s Office denied
any allegations that Landry has animosity toward Dardene, despite what the top
budget official said in previous news conferences. Dardene said Landry has
had an issue with him denying his car allowance request although he gave Landry
you know, you are entitled by statute to have a state-owned vehicle assigned to
you, which would allow for home storage and fuel," Dardenne wrote in a
letter to the Attorney General's Office. "You may still exercise this
refuses to use state-owned vehicles in order to save taxpayer money.
“This is in direct contrast to other
public officials like the governor who uses multiple state-owned vehicles with
an unlimited gas allowance paid for by Louisiana’s taxpayers,” Wisher said.
The latest car allowance dispute is
said to be a stunt by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration, in order to direct
the public’s attention elsewhere.
is obvious the governor and Jay Dardene are trying to distract the press from the
largest tax and spend plan passed in the history of this state with suggested
innuendos," Landry said in a statement. "While I remain committed to
fighting crime, corruption, and abuse of Medicaid — they remain committed to
liberal tax and spend policies."
continues to support Landry’s efforts in using a private vehicle, keeping the
greater interest of the public in mind.
“Politicians have long used state
vehicles to run up costs to taxpayers; however, since day one, Attorney General
Jeff Landry has looked at more efficient ways to conduct the people’s business,” Wisher said.
office says he did not ask for $700 a month for a car allowance and for
reimbursements on mileage. Instead, he has been working on issues in Louisiana and has only requested and received reimbursements for work
Landry denies the allegations, speculation is the attorney general will run
against Edwards in the 2019 gubernatorial race.
succeeded Buddy Caldwell and took office Jan. 11.