Governor’s Office given 30 more days to honor public records request

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- The governor’s office now has 30 more days to respond to an information request regarding claims the governor’s former top aide sexually harassed a former employee.

Juanita Washington left the courthouse not satisfied after a judge granted Governor John Bel Edwards’ office 30 more days to respond to the request.

“I’m disappointed that the state of Louisiana won’t get to hear the rest of my story,” Washington said.

A few weeks ago, Washington and political group Truth in Politics claimed the governor’s office had been stonewalling them in a request for emails and texts about Johnny Anderson. Anderson worked as one of the top aides in the governor’s office. He resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment back in 2017.

An attorney for the Governor’s office, Matthew Block says they are sitting on about a thousand documents, as per the request.

He says the time it takes to honor the information process is being exploited by the Republican organization, Truth in Politics.

“It’s clear this is about the election,” Block says. “They are weaponizing the public records law so they can use taxpayer dollars to do political research.”

A statement by a spokesman for the governor’s campaign called the lawsuit an attempt to use money to influence an election.

“This lawsuit is a campaign stunt being funded by Lane Grigsby, Eddie Rispone’s political mentor and biggest supporter. It’s a transparent attempt to use money to influence an election by Grigsby, who just got caught trying to bribe a legislator out of a state senate race so his preferred candidate could win. Grigsby is Eddie Rispone’s puppetmaster, and it’s one of many reasons Eddie Rispone has no business being governor.”

The extension from the judge gives the Governor’s Office until November to fulfill the request, which is just days after the run-off election.

We reached out to Eddie Rispone’s campaign for a comment, we have not heard back from them yet.

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