The U.S. Senate race, especially on the Republican side, continues to turn into a bar fight. Today’s brawl is about Facebook videos and supporters who may not want to publicly declare their allegiance.
The Charles Boustany campaign “accidentally” broadcast a “private conversation” on Facebook. In that video, there was a segment where Boustany says he talked to a New Orleans doctor who he says is supporting him. But that doctor can’t support Boustany publicly because his son works for rival John Fleming.
Today, the Fleming campaign fired back at Boustany. They found they say is the doctor in question, Dr. Keith Van Meter. According to his bio at LSU Health, he is a professor in neuroscience and emergency medicine. He also practices in Harvey and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Dr. Van Meter says he not only doesn’t support Boustany, but he wants Boustany to retract his claim.
In response to Rep. Boustany’s statements in the video, Dr. Keith Van Meter said: “Congressman Boustany recently reached out to me and asked me to support his campaign for United States Senate. Prior to that call, I have never spoken to Charles Boustany. While I indicated to him that I would support him if he were elected, I will in fact be voting for Congressman Fleming this November because I do know Dr. Fleming and agree with his positions. I would respectfully ask that Dr. Boustany retract his claims of my support for his candidacy.”
Matt Beynon, Fleming for Senate Communications Director, said: “Congressman Boustany should immediately apologize to Dr. Van Meter for lying about his claimed support, for he and his staff’s outright unprofessional manner in which this was revealed, and for potentially compromising Dr. Van Meter himself professionally. ‘No comment’ is no longer acceptable.”
Not only is the Fleming campaign attacking Boustany over the video, they are accusing Boustany of violating Congressional ethics rules. Fleming’s campaign alleges that the video was allegedly shot in his Capitol Hill office.
We have contacted the Boustany campaign and congressional office to seek a comment on this. We will have their response when it comes in.