Governor Edwards’ week went from bad to worse following two incidents: a poll that showed him stuck at or below 40% and his Chief of Staff, Mark Cooper, thought it a good idea to attack a popular, conservative State Representative on her home turf.
Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton) responded promptly with a video recorded in Baton Rouge. It has been viewed nearly 8,000 times in 48 hours.
Sources tell The Hayride that after the video was posted, Cooper doubled-down on his attack by calling the Shreveport Times to claim that Horton opposes a state-wide teacher pay raise.
Representative Horton refutes the attack and eviscerates both Cooper and Governor Edwards in the following truth-telling Facebook post which our esteemed readers are sure to appreciate:
“Thank you all for having my back! It means the world to me to know that while I’m down there fighting for you… you’re up here fighting for me.
Another lie that is being circulated by Mark Cooper (the Governor) is that I don’t support the state-wide teacher pay raises. The fact is that I do!
Earlier this year, I said that I wouldn’t support increasing taxes to do so; however, I would support making budget cuts to fund one. And, I stated the FACT that the school districts are responsible for determining the pay rates for their teachers and giving raises beyond what the state can provide.
Once again, they’ve done what they do best and twist words out of context to attack those of us who don’t follow their orders or cave to their threats. Unfortunately for them, we are no longer going to let their “potshots” go unanswered. Principles over politics.
What happened earlier this week? The Republicans led the effort to give the teachers and support staff a bigger pay raise than the Governor requested. And the best part, no taxes were raised AND the surplus wasn’t spent!
Regardless of what is being reported, the House Republicans have appropriated every penny necessary to give our teachers a bigger than requested, constitutionally protected, recurring pay raise! Teachers, please do NOT allow yourselves to be used as political pawns.
As your Representative in Baton Rouge, this is the FIRST time that a vote has been brought forward to give you a raise. Know that we are all working to ensure that we can responsibly give you a raise. A raise that you don’t have to worry about being taken away in the coming years.
Everyone, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your defense of my representation of you. Your strong outcry of support gives me the strength to withstand the storms.”