U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise endorses Joseph Lopinto for Jefferson Parish sheriff

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:46:59 PM. U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has endorsed Joseph Lopinto in the race for Jefferson Parish sheriff.
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has endorsed Joseph Lopinto in the race for Jefferson Parish sheriff. Scalise, the Jefferson-based Republican, announced his endorsement Friday at the Old Metairie restaurant Porter and Luke's.  Scalise said the experience Lopinto has accumulated in two different stints at the Sheriff's Office — divided by an eight-year tenure in the state Legislature — make him qualified to become Newell Normand's elected successor.  Scalise added that Lopinto would be able "to bring the Sheriff's Office to the next level so we can counter the violent criminals and drug activity that threaten our safety."   Normand appointed Lopinto, 41, to be his chief deputy before Normand's unexpected retirement this summer. Lopinto, by law, then automatically became interim sheriff. Already endorsed by Normand, Lopinto will hope the powerful Scalise's backing will help him make up ground against retired Sheriff's Office Col. John Fortunato, 66, who is the agency's former longtime chief spokesman and has launched a campaign for Normand's old post with a considerable amount of momentum. A recent UNO poll found Fortunato's support at about 44 percent, after a four-decade career at the Sheriff's Office as well as years of addressing the public about some of the agency's most high-profile cases. The former state House of Representatives member Lopinto registered 19 percent in the poll. The poll found 37 percent of those surveyed were undecided on whom to support.  Among...Read more
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