Tuesday, February 21, 2006
By Jeff Jeffrey
Sen. Robert Adley, D-Benton, said he was quoted incorrectly in a statement he made in Monday’s article titled "Sexual relationship’ does not deter Clausen.”
Adley said he still thinks University of Louisiana System President Sally Clausen’s relationship with LSU Board of Supervisor Chairman Bernard Boudreaux would “chill” the national search for a replacement for retiring LSU System President William Jenkins, but he said he called the relationship “special” not sexual.
“I never said that it was a sexual relationship,” Adley told The Daily Reveille from his cell phone in Washington, La. “I said exactly what Ms. Clausen said: she has a special relationship with the chairman of the board. She never said sexual, and neither did I.”
Clausen declined to comment further on the situation, instead referring all questions to UL System Spokesman Rusty Jabour.
Jabour said the only comment Clausen had to offer is in a letter she released Friday to Adley.
“I feel it is most premature for me to commit to you or anyone else about my future personal life or professional career,” Clausen said in the letter.
Boudreaux did not return calls for comment.
Walter Gabriel, The Daily Reveille’s editor in chief, said he stands by Monday’s report.
“Ginger Gibson has been a very reliable reporter since she’s been here,” Gabriel said. “She had ‘sexual’ written in her notes, and I have no reason not to trust her reporting.”