News roundup: Roemer says Americans Elect still alive and kicking … Walk-On's adds catering to its menu … Former BP worker claims evidence proves innocence
Resilience defined: Though no candidate qualified by Monday's midnight deadline to compete in Americans Elect's online balloting to find an independent candidate for president, former Gov. Buddy Roemer says media outlets calling the grassroots organization "dead" or "a failure" are wrong. "What Americans Elect has done for our country is revolutionary. It is my sincere hope that they continue on their mission of putting forth a credible candidate to face the bought candidates—Barack Obama and Mitt Romney," Roemer says in a statement issued late this afternoon. "My latest polling has me at 7% nationally. … If I am the nominee for Americans Elect, I will be a factor in this race." Roemer was the top declared candidate at the deadline, but did not have enough overall votes required in at least 10 states to qualify. The organization says it will announce its next steps Thursday.
Some grow stronger: Walk-On's owners Jack Warner and Brandon Landry—who also own The Roux House, Happy's Irish Pub and Schlittz & Giggles under the umbrella of Last In Concepts—say their latest company, Walk-On's Catering, is off and running. With high demand from large parties for food accommodations in the area, the two say a catering company is the perfect concept to launch. They have partnered with Fritz Carville, a longtime friend and caterer with 15 years of experience. "We coordinate a versatile team of servers, chefs, bakers, musicians, floral designers, lighting designers, ice sculptures and rental companies," reads a statement from Warner and Landry. "Each menu is customized to the client's specifications during a complimentary consultation." More information is available at the company's website here.
Mixing it up: A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about how much oil was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico claims evidence not given to federal investigators will prove his innocence. In court documents, Kurt Mix asks U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to review evidence from an unnamed third party that is "capable of fully exonerating him." His defense lawyers added that the evidence "exculpates Mix in a particularly direct and unambiguous manner." FBI agents did not see the information because it was considered privileged under a client-lawyer agreement, according to court documents filed Monday in New Orleans. The court documents did not identify the third party or the evidence. Mix has pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice. Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Mix resigned from BP in January and was later freed on $100,000 bond following an initial court appearance in Houston. The Associated Press has the full story here.
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