A previous version of this email misidentified a State Representative who voted to support Governor Edwards' veto. The email should have said Rep. Roy Daryl Adams. LFF regrets the error.
July 27, 2021
LFF is quite surprised by the political commentary in the aftermath of last week’s veto override session. The media has sought to paint Governor Edwards as a champion and everyone else a loser; neither our analysis nor the numbers justify such a conclusion.
The Advocate editorial board, who declared the failure to keep biological boys out of girls locker rooms “a moral victory,” is simply bankrupt and bereft of any moral compass to measure such standards.
Other media and political “pros” who declared Governor Edwards “the uniter,” who championed the righteous response from the Black Caucus to save his legacy, must ignore the strong-arm tactics he had to employ to exert his will over their conscience. I heard from more than one Black Caucus member who struggled with this vote: “my conscience tells me it’s the right thing to do, but I’m staying with the governor on this one!”
An overwhelming majority of Louisiana residents support the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. This support has not been diminished simply because three members of the House, Chad Brown, Travis Johnson, and Roy Daryl Adams, lied to Speaker Clay Schexnayder about their plans to uphold this effort during the veto override session.
The governor didn't win; he lost on the original legislation in the House and Senate, and would have lost on the veto override had it not been for three people lying. The media may be trying to protect him but Louisiana's people aren't going to forget about this. This issue will be back.
It appears Governor Edwards has done to the Republican majorities what Joe Biden has done to gun sales – he’s defined and clarified the opposition, unified the troops, and made himself and his accomplices the target of their political next steps! This override session was a stern rebuke for Governor Edwards from a clear majority of Louisiana citizens. It was certainly no moral victory as posed by Louisiana’s left-wing media.
We see the unfortunate outcome of this session as a temporary setback on the path to protecting women and girls in Louisiana. The legislation in question, Fairness in Women’s Sports is clearly the will of the people of Louisiana – and it will be back next session!
We want to thank you for your incredible support and for your passion, which we will carry into the next legislative session as we work with House and Senate leadership to right the governor’s error and ensure this measure becomes law.