So says a release out of the Landry campaign…
After dodging debates for weeks and ignoring calls from the media, the voters, and Congressman Jeff Landry to debate; Charles Boustany has finally agreed to one – Halloween night on KPEL. In response, Landry issued the following statement:
“I am pleased the voters will finally get a chance to hear Mr. Boustany back up his harsh, negative, false rhetoric in person. It is unfortunate that Boustany picked Halloween night, as I had carved out just a little time with my wife and son in the middle of this campaign; but I will allow him to break into this family time so the voters can finally hear him attempt to defend his liberal record in person.”
That might not be the most diplomatic way to get a skittish opponent to the debate stage, but on the other hand Landry was really only responding to a challenge Boustany had laid down – and that challenge was no more polite…
Since his first speech announcing his campaign for reelection, Jeff Landry has continued to distort the facts and lie about my record. In light of Jeff’s refusal to publicly acknowledge the fact that he has continually lied to the hard-working families of South Louisiana, I challenge Jeff to meet me for a public, on-air debate. This forum will give voters the opportunity to see if Jeff Landry is as dishonest to our faces as he has been behind our backs.
Once and for all, we can argue the merits of issues and topics important to South Louisiana families without the distraction of Jeff’s Washington special interest group buddies FreedomWorks and their coordinated campaign of lies. I encourage Jeff to accept this invitation to stand on his own two feet and defend how his campaign was caught in a lie passing out campaign literature that was blatantly false about my record, his 107 missed votes in Congress, and his War on the Oil & Gas Industry in proposing new, crushing standby-vessel regulations. The people of South Louisiana deserve to know the truth.
Whether this is going to be a debate or a knife-fight is a good question. Should make for great radio in any event. But don’t let the kids hear it; even on Halloween it’ll be too scary.