A Personal Message from Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics

As I begin to put the finishing touches on the first issue of LaPolitics Weekly since the passing of its founder on Sunday, I'm still deeply saddened by the loss of a man who had a tremendous impact on my life and I'm humbled by the trust he placed in me to carry on a great legacy.

John Maginnis was much more to me than a mentor, business partner and friend. He was a towering Louisiana institution.

No Louisiana political junkie's initiation is fully complete without reading John's classic tomes "The Last Hayride" and "Cross to Bear" from cover to cover. In this Louisiana boy's case, the books inspired my own foray into political journalism.

In one of my first beats as a cub reporter, I was privileged to observe his great journalistic skill in action as we covered the federal racketeering trial of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who ironically enough was the star of those books with the worn covers. After the guilty verdict was read, I asked John to sign and date my copy of "The Last Hayride." He inscribed, "Jeremy - It was fun watching history with you."

I knew at that very moment that I wanted to learn more from John and strived to capture a unique voice in my own way.

From that point forward, John and I developed a special relationship that would grow into a close friendship over the years. When I first ventured into the deep waters of freelance journalism, he was an invaluable advisor and helped steer me down the right path - not only in the craft of journalism, but in the business side as well. I learned immensely from following his professional example as an independent syndicated journalist and columnist.

So imagine my reaction when years later he asked me to join him as a full partner in this legendary enterprise. I didn't hesitate a second. I'll never forget after we shook hands and forged the partnership, John pulled out a bottle of champagne. His wife Jackie, amused, asked, "What are we celebrating?" John, with a characteristic chuckle and raised eyebrow said, "It's Wednesday!"

The partnership flourished. We worked closely to transform LaPolitics Weekly with enhanced content. We expanded the experience for our valued subscribers via the launch of LaPolitics.com. We also recruited new talent into the LaPolitics fold, working with professionals in political media who have helped us not only continue the LaPolitics mission into the 21st century, but expand it for the ever-evolving era of new media.

Unfortunately, from time to time, we would have to discuss the future of LaPolitics should the worst transpire. As the public knows, John had some close health calls in recent years and was very aware that such a circumstance could occur. He was very firm in his desire to have his legacy continue through LaPolitics and we worked closely to lay that foundation. We set specific goals for LaPolitics Weekly and LaPolitics.com from the beginning, and he was happy to have seen them largely accomplished before his passing.

The LaPolitics team will continue the vibrant legacy of John Maginnis in the work we do every day. I'm personally committed to seeing that his wishes, as well as the spirit of those trails he blazed, remain honored by providing the best political reporting and news analysis in the state of Louisiana for our valued subscribers and loyal followers.

On behalf of the memory of John, his family and his close friends, I want to thank you for helping continue to keep that spirit alive.

And from me personally, thank you John Maginnis. You have been and will always be a true inspiration to me. I'll miss you every day, my friend.

Jeremy Alford
Publisher/Editor
LaPolitics Weekly
LaPolitics.com

 

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