Friday, October 07, 2005

Mississippi Gov. to Big Easy Katrina Evacuees: 'Get Outta Town!'

Can You Believe How Low Some Can Go?

"Some Miss. hotels tell Katrina evacuees to move
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Hilton Hotels, the parent company of Hampton Inn and other brands, is trying to find other rooms for the evacuees. However, the company says it warned evacuees when they checked in that their stays would be limited by room availability.

A Hampton Inn in Brookhaven, about two hours north of where Katrina struck, asked Barbara Perry of Folsom, La., to move out last week. She was living in the hotel with her parents and her three young children, and she was driving almost 90 miles a day to work.

"They told me if I didn't pick my clothes up, they were going to call the police," Perry said.

Her mother, who uses a wheelchair, and her father, who is blind, were also told to check out, but they were granted an extension after a Red Cross volunteer intervened, said Perry's mother, Betty Myers.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked hotel managers to let evacuees stay longer, but they aren't required to do so. Gov. Haley Barbour "has decided to let the private sector handle those issues without government intervention," said his spokesman, Pete Smith."

I suppose you could say that the former head of the Republican Party fund raising is just being true to his beliefs and ethics, eh? Which include naming his nephew to his state's commission of rebuilding Mississippi and making sure that FEMA gives a firm that he used to go to for big contributions, a huge contract for debris removal.

Gov. Barbour has installed his nephew, Henry Barbour, as executive director for the 40-member Katrina recovery commission he had appointed two weeks ago.

AshBrit, according to the Times, paid $40,000 in the first half of 2004 to Barbour, Griffith and Rogers, the Mississippi governor’s old lobbying firm, which he had founded after leaving the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. They have been given a $568 million no-bid contract by FEMA for debris removal.

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