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November 29, 2016
CLEAR AND DECISIVE VICTORY FOR BROOME IN WBRZ MAYORAL DEBATE
White Reiterates Divisive Record; Broome Shines As Best Candidate to Unite East Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, LA — Wrapping up only minutes ago, it is clear that Sharon Weston Broome handily won the WBRZ mayoral debate. As citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish come together to choose their next leader on December 10, questions of traffic congestion, educational opportunities, and the divisive “St. George” proposal were discussed thoroughly. Voters saw a leader in Sharon Weston Broome, who was clearly prepared to confront the issues facing the Capitol Area head on, honestly and truthfully.
Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director released the following statement:
“Senator Broome showed the Greater Capitol Region tonight exactly what we need from our next Mayor-President — a leader who is present, addresses problems factually and logically, and who brings people together. No matter how hard that task may seem, Senator Broome is clearly the only candidate who can find common ground and make progress for East Baton Rouge Parish.
“As we have seen in the past year, when a community is shaken to its core with shootings, floods, budget struggles, hospital closures, and more – there is something worse than an absent leader. That is a leader who seeks first to divide. While some can poke fun at this seriously out-of-touch politician, we know that this community faces big challenges in front of us. We need a leader who is just as serious. We need Sharon Weston Broome.”
Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Democratic Party’s Executive Committee met to discuss the two federal races that are proceeding to a run off and enthusiastically and unanimously voted to endorse Commissioner Foster Campbell for US Senate and Marshall Jones for the 4th Congressional District. They have asked that the full Democratic State Central Committee to follow and are mailing ballots today.
Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement on the US Senate Endorsement:
“Commissioner Foster Campbell is a lifelong champion of the working people of this state. He is a tireless advocate for Education, teachers and especially for women. Commission Campbell will serve this state with distinction and has always and will always put Louisiana First.
“Louisiana simply cannot afford someone like John Kennedy. He was Bobby Jindal’s biggest fan, serving as his right-hand man in the Treasurer’s office while Jindal decimated our state budget, cut higher education and closed our hospitals. And if helping Jindal bankrupt Louisiana wasn’t enough, John Kennedy even said that he and morally bankrupt David Vitter were ‘kindred spirits’. Kennedy’s own office has misspent hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars. John Kennedy is nothing more than a political weathervane that will keep pushing policies that rig the system for the wealthy and powerful. We deserve someone who will fight for us, not themselves. We must elect Foster Campbell.”
Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement on the 4th CD Endorsement:
“Marshall Jones has shown he is an independent and fair minded business man who has offered himself up for service. Marshall’s values have been shaped by his faith and closely align with the great people of the 4th Congressional District. We are confident as voters get to know Marshall they will see a man committed to representing the entire congressional district and making sure their voices are represented in Congress.
“On the other hand, Representative Mike Johnson has made a career of putting hate and bias at the top of his list, earning a living from the taxpayers by catering to a small few special interests. Since being elected he has little to show for the representation of his district. If he can’t deliver for you in Baton Rouge, why in the world would we expect different from him in Washington D.C.? Voters in the 4th Congressional district pay a lot in taxes and they deserve to have someone fighting to bring those taxes back home rather than go into a pay check for Mike Johnson.
“Voters will have a choice December 10th, and we are confident that Marshall Jones will earn their votes.”
Background: The Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee are elected officers of the party and represent the full DSCC. Given the short time-frame in this election cycle it was their decision to proceed in this manner. DSCC Member ballots will arrive beginning today and will have until next Friday, November 18, 2016 to return them. This method has been used several times in the past – especially when our run off straddles Thanksgiving.
NOT SERIOUS ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, OR IS INEPT
LAFAYETTE, LA –The Louisiana Democratic Party reacted to the CD03 debate and mailers that are hitting Democratic and African American household by Scott Angelle. Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement:
“During the LA03 Debate moderated by Jim Hummel of KATC and sponsored by UL, AOC Community Media and KATC , “Angelle frequently laments that we have too many ‘free riders’, ‘too many people riding in the cart and not pulling the cart.’ Seems extremely craven and holistically inconsistent position. After all he full throatily said in the same debate that he supports a HUGE free rider, the biggest most flamboyant free rider we have ever seen! Donald Trump, who brags that he is “too smart” to pay taxes. This Free Rider is riding in the cart made of gold and pulled by the taxpaying citizens of CD03 who deserve much better than Scott Angelle.
“Then this mailer hits. “Clearly a game is being played here by Angelle. First and foremost, the wording of the bullets favor Rader – after all more than 2/3 of voters in this state favor increasing the minimum wage. Secondly by sending this to Democratic and African American Households he is either playing a game or he is completely inept, and after the race he ran last year I’d say our chances there are 50/50. Larry Rader got into this race knowing full well he would have an uphill battle, but he knew were it not for him this could end up being a coronation and not an election. Where working people of the district will be ignored for tired right wing talking points.
“A good question for Angelle – Are you planning to file an ‘in-kind’ donation report to Larry Rader’s campaign for this mailer and the ads you are running digitally?”