What is it with these Democratic women and their need to have their cities subsidize romantic getaways with married men? By now, you are all aware of Fani Willis and her alleged affair with Nathan Wade, but you probably don’t know about LaToya Cantrell and her married and alleged boyfriend Jeffrey Vappie, the former head of her police detail. She is now under investigation by the FBI for potential misuse of taxpayer funds.
She allegedly spent a lot of time with Vappie in a city owned apartment. Once the city council found o0ut about it, they forbid her from using the apartment for her personal use. Security footage has allegedly captured Mayor Cantrell and Vappie spending extensive periods together in a city-owned apartment during work hours. This revelation comes amidst an investigation into Vappie’s work hours and activities. He has had numerous problems with his time sheets in which he has charged 18 hours in a day, 10 hours more than his shift entailed.
The AP reported:
“The Louisiana Board of Ethics charged Cantrell under a state law that prohibits public officials from receiving anything of value for their official duties. The board alleges Cantrell improperly received nearly $29,000 worth of first-class upgrades for 15 flights — 13 domestic and two international trips — over two years.”
In a text to a Times-Picayune reporter, Cantrell wrote:
“By the time I complete my tenure as mayor, I would have slept with half of the city of New Orleans based on false accusations that come my way sometimes daily. This is only one of them. If I were a MAN, you would NOT be texting me about this bullshit.”
Local media have identified “Mrs. L.C.” mentioned in these filings as Mayor LaToya Cantrell, who, in 2018, became the first female mayor of New Orleans, a city that has seen a significant rise in its murder rate during her tenure.
The FBI’s interest suggests a possible extension of the allegations to federal offenses. Previously, Cantrell faced scrutiny over $29,000 in first-class flights, an issue separate from the current investigation.
Cantrell has reimbursed the city for some of these expenses but maintained that the upgrades were necessary for health and safety reasons.
Cantrell, on her part, has vehemently denied the allegations of an affair, emphasizing her commitment to her duties as Mayor.
In a press conference held in January 2023, she expressed frustration over the rumors circulating about her personal life, attributing the claims to sexism and racism.
“As I’ve stated, you know, based on the false allegations that come my way, by the time I finish this job, literally, you know, accused of sleeping with half the city of New Orleans, both genders and all pronouns,” she said during the press conference.
While most of Cantrell’s expenses, amounting to $24,000, were covered by a mayoral group, Louisiana taxpayers were billed for Vappie’s airfare, hotel, and other expenses, totaling approximately $14,000, the New York Post reported.
This expenditure is now under scrutiny, given the nature of Cantrell and Vappie’s relationship and the limited delegation size.