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Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni argues with Christopher L. Roberts, Council Chairman Councilman-at-Large, because of Yenni allegedly sending sexual explicit texts to a teenage boy during a meeting at the East Bank Council Chambers in Elmwood, La. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

What has been obvious for some time is now official: Jefferson Parish government has to adjust to a new normal.

With the deadline to gather enough signatures to force a recall election looming, organizers hoping to remove Parish President Mike Yenni from office have conceded defeat.

Despite widespread dismay over news that Yenni, a married father of two, had carried on a sexting relationship with a local 17-year-old — and that the FBI was looking into the matter, although charges appear unlikely — this was always the likely outcome.

Current state law sets a daunting threshold to trigger a vote, the support of one-third of all registered voters in a jurisdiction. Yenni critics needed some 90,000 verified signatures to force the issue, slightly more than the total number of votes cast for all five candidates when he won the open seat in 2015.

So the debate about whether the bar is too high now shifts to Baton Rouge, where the Legislature is expected to consider a bill by Covington state Rep. Paul Hollis to lower the threshold to a third of all votes cast.

And Jefferson officials, most of whom have demanded Yenni's resignation, will have to decide how to approach the nearly three years left in his term — whether to put the showdown behind them and move on, as Yenni clearly hopes, or whether to keep him at arm's length and focus their energy on defeating him at the polls should he run again in 2019.

The recall attempt may be over, but the political maneuvering surely isn't.

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