Monday, October 14, 2013

Betty Jefferson has died

From The Advocate:
Betty Jefferson, who served as the city’s 4th District tax assessor and as a member of the Orleans Parish School Board before her family’s political machine imploded in a string of corruption prosecutions, died at a local hospital Sunday night, according to her attorney, Eddie Castaing.

Jefferson, 74, was an elder sister of disgraced former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and a key standard-bearer for the Progressive Democrats, the Central City operation that the congressman and his siblings built into a formidable force in New Orleans politics.

Five of the Jefferson siblings, who once numbered 11, have died since 2007.

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