James Carville is understood close to and extensive because the Ragin’ Cajun.
However is he actually a Cajun?
His mom was Lucille Normand, however all people known as her Nippy as a result of, in keeping with Carville, she frequently gave handouts to a hobo named Nip through the Nice Melancholy.
Her facet of the household got here from each Canada and France, and he or she was raised in Avoyelles Parish in central Louisiana, similar to Edwin Edwards. So, sure, her son has a Cajun lineage.
However what in regards to the Carvilles?
His great-grandfather was born in Eire, immigrated to Wisconsin, served within the Union Military through the Civil Struggle, after which moved to Louisiana.
“He was an out-and-out carpetbagger,” Carville mentioned with fun, referring to John Madison Carville, who, he added, briefly served as a Republican within the Louisiana Legislature through the Reconstruction Period. His great-grandson, in fact, is an ardent Democrat.
John Madison’s son – Carville’s grandfather – was Louis Arthur Carville, who served as postmaster within the city of Island in Iberville Parish. In keeping with Carville, the postal service renamed the city on June 9, 1909, after his grandfather.
Louis Arthur’s son was Chester James Carville. He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, when his first baby was born in 1944.
His title: Chester James Carville Jr.
Sure, the well-known political marketing consultant’s first title is Chester.
“However I’ve at all times been often known as James,” he mentioned. “I’ve by no means been often known as anything. My mom didn’t need me to be often known as Jim, Jimmy, or Jr.
“My great-grandfather was a carpetbagger, and my mom was named after a tramp,” Carville added. “There’s nothing vanilla about my story. I assume which means I gained’t be getting within the Pickwick Membership any time quickly.”
However he’s a member of Rex, the unique Mardi Gras krewe.
He’s registered on their rolls as Chester James Carville Jr.