Pol in the Pen

There are limits to everything

Louisiana never has been too fussy about politicians not showing up for work. Huey Long missed U.S. Senate sessions for almost a year because he was home serving simultaneously as Governor. Earl Long took leaves as Governor when his wife had him committed to mental institutions. But few public servants can match State Senator Gaston Gerald, who kept drawing salary and expenses while in federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. He also put a former fellow inmate on the senate payroll, with no specified duties, at a salary of $919 a month.

Gerald was convicted in 1979 for...

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