HERO HIGHLIGHT: Stephen Waguespack – LABI President, Bob Manneater

We salute a political operative turned lobbyist who has the balls to call out an LSU professor who teaches political communication for wasting his time on the job by engaging in political communication.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President – and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former chief of staff – Stephen Waguespack did what most uninfluential people like him are afraid to do when criticized by a super-powerful teacher: vaguely threaten his job via social media.

Waguespack’s daring act of defiance came last week in the wake of LSU professor Robert Mann’s brazen, unwarranted attack against him and LABI for their relative silence regarding Jindal’s proposed budget cuts to higher education.

Stephen Waguespack did what most uninfluential people like him are afraid to do when criticized by a super-powerful teacher: vaguely threaten his job via social media.

Mann unjustly insinuated that Waguespack lacks the wherewithal to criticize his old boss in the face of looming funding cuts that could devastate Louisiana’s colleges and universities, despite the fact the organization has a history of taking vocal stances on education issues. He also contemptibly wrote that Waguespack is giving Jindal a pass because “Waguespack’s fingerprints are on many of those cuts.”

"Big Education" lackey Bob Mann, Jr.
“Big Education” lackey Bob Mann, Jr.

How dare Mann suggest one of Jindal’s longtime top aides is somehow partly responsible for years of fiscal policy that created the $1.6 billion shortfall the state now faces! It’s almost like he thinks Waguespack communicated with Jindal virtually every day while working for him.

Nay, the only “fingerprints” worth examining are the ones Mann’s filthy paws left on his keyboard while typing that tripe he calls a nationally recognized, award-winning blog. With his nine published books, his daily blog posts, and his weekly political column for The Times-Picayune, you’d swear Mann thinks he’s some sort of “journalist.”

That’s why we applaud Waguespack for taking to Twitter and bravely intimating that Mann’s criticism could put his job at risk.

That’s right! Mann is being paid to teach journalism. What does he think he’s doing by writing a blog? Teaching by example?

And Waguespack wasn’t kidding when he tweeted “that must have taken all work day to write.” The blog post in question is a whopping 1,056 words! And when you take out other people’s words that Mann quoted, it’s a staggering 774 words!

Mann is being paid to teach journalism. What does he think he’s doing by writing a blog? Teaching by example?

Waguespack is dead on. There’s no way Mann could write faster than 100 words per hour. It certainly had to have taken all workday to write.

In fact, it probably took longer than a workday, given that Mann isn’t exactly known for his writing proficiency. After all, of the nine books he’s written, it took him a whole three years to write just four of them!

Most people are afraid to speak out about how the state budget is overburdened with the salaries of politically connected, profit-obsessed professors for fear of incurring the wrath of some malevolent academic juggernaut like Mann. Instead, they cowardly point their finger at so-called “Big Business” and the billions of dollars in tax credits and incentives it gets from the Jindal administration as the primary cause of Louisiana’s financial woes.

Yet despite his severely disadvantaged position as the head of the state’s most powerful business lobbying group and the governor’s former chief of staff, Waguespack dared take on “Big Blog” and threaten to neuter its big dog, Bob Mann.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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