ACORN Muscles Out Local Leadership

ACORN’s national leadership has taken over the Louisiana chapter of the group after ousting its leader, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. 

ACORN boss Bertha Lewis canned Beth Butler, the common law wife of disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke, as leader of ACORN’s state-level operation in the Crescent City last week. 

ACORN’s national organization held a hush-hush meeting in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., this past weekend.

At the meeting, apparently, ACORN national President Maude Hurd appointed Stephen Bradberry, former Louisiana head organizer as chief administrator of the local operation. The newspaper reports that “[a]n ad-hoc committee of five national board members, none from Louisiana, will have oversight of the new structure, which is described under ACORN bylaws as a ‘provisional administratorship.'”

Butler says she’s in the process of starting her own community group, apparently with the help of ACORN national board member Vanessa Gueringer.

The newspaper reported that Gueringer and others are contemplating suing “to gain control of the Louisiana ACORN resources, including membership dues, property and recovery grants that are now in control of the national organization.”

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