P. O. Box 12449
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70612-2449


DATE: June 25, 2012

Contact: Lee Barrios, Communications/Media Director 985-789-8304
Peggy Schwartz, Petition Chair 504-756-0486

A petition for recall was filed Monday, June 25, with the Secretary of State's office for State Representative Raymond E. Garofalo, Jr. (R) District 103.

St. Bernard parish teachers Peggy Schwarz of Braithwaite and Brenda Boleware of Violet said they were encouraged by fellow educators, family and friends to take action in response to Rep. Garofalo's non-response to the concerns of his constituency.

This recall is endorsed by and supported by the Recall Bobby Jindal Campaign Committee. The Jindal Recall Campaign also supports the recalls of Rep. J. Kevin Pearson (R)-Slidell who represents District 76, Rep. Gregory Cromer (R)-Slidell who represents District 90, and Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R)-Lake Charles who represents District 36. All petitions were filed by educators from their respective districts.

Schwarz reported,
"Rep. Garofalo is not doing the job he was elected to do which is to represent the interests of the people of his voting district. Despite a bombardment of letters, emails and phone calls from voters in his district opposing legislation harmful to K-12 public education, higher education and state employees, he has voted against their interests every time."

The two educators reported that Rep. Garofalo refused to come outside of the state building to speak with many St. Bernard educators who traveled to the state capitol on April 4 during their Easter break. Boleware noted,
"Garofalo is on the record saying that he would support the governor's agenda 100% regardless of the wishes of his constituents."

Schwarz said that complaints from Garofalo's constituency go beyond his support of legislation that reduces funding for St. Bernard Parish public schools and removes local taxpayer control of many decisions affecting the education of their children. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, he voted against HR88 which would request an investigation by the Attorney General of the validity of the 1936 mineral lease contracts of the Win-Or-Lose Corporation to recoup millions that continue going from Louisiana state coffers to millionaires.

Garofalo, whose district covers St. Bernard, Plaqueminees and Orleans Parishes, is a commercial developer and owner of Garofalo Investments.

For more information:

Lee Barrios, 985-789-8304

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