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Mayor Kip Holden fires back against political ad

2 years ago October 24, 2012 Oct 24, 2012 Wednesday, October 24 2012 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:05:53 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor President held a news conference this afternoon refuting claims that began airing on television from his campaign opponent, Mike Walker.

The ad paid for by the Mike Walker campaign, shows Louis Farrakahn speaking at Southern University.  In the ad, Farrakahn thanks Mayor Holden and Baton Rouge Police for "shepherding" him to Baton Rouge from New Orleans. 

Holden said many of his supporters believe the ad is full of racial overtones.

"It was just put up there as some have said to put a racial divide on the city," Holden said.  "We have come too far for us to even be entertaining those ideas and watch them carried out."

"It's not about race," Metro Councilman Mike Walker said.  "It's about bad policy the Mayor has in allowing Baton Rouge Police to escort private citizens."

News 2 checked.  In fact, Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White ordered the extra protection for Louis Farrakahn ahead of his visit.  That is standard procedure when high profile people or people who are controversial visit Baton Rouge.

"I'm not going to buy a TV ad or radio ad to counter which has now been dispelled as having no truth or factual basis," Holden said.  

"The ad is factually accurate, that is why it's still running," Walker said.

It's important to note that campaign commercials don't have to be completely accurate.

Holden wrote a letter to WBRZ Management asking that the ad be pulled.  Federal Communications Commission regulations prevent us from pulling the ad if it has a proper disclaimer.

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