Bayou Corne sinkhole becomes attack point in governor's race
BATON ROUGE- A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a new flashpoint in the governor's race. Republican candidate David Vitter is accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe.
Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August 2012 when a swampy area of Assumption Parish dissolved into muck about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge.
He left the job only a few days after the sinkhole emerged to run for the Public Service Commission. Vitter's campaign has accused him of abandonment of the Bayou Corne residents.
Angelle says the attacks are an inaccurate smear effort. His campaign says a law firm that works for Vitter and donated to his gubernatorial campaign effort represents the company blamed for the sinkhole.