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Sen. Landrieu denies having meeting with Port Allen Mayor

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PORT ALLEN- Despite a picture Deedy Slaughter snapped with Senator Mary Landrieu for President Barack Obama's inauguration, Landrieu didn't remember ever discussing the City of Port Allen with Slaughter.

"I don't know any of the details about this issue," Landrieu said.  "I've heard a lot about it with a local official here."

The controversy stems over a WBRZ News 2 investigation into the Mayor's Office.  It revealed Slaughter billed taxpayers $2,400 for her trip to the president's inauguration.  She justified it by saying she met with Sentaor Mary Landrieu.  On four different occasions, Slaughter has repeatedly said she met with the Senator to bring more money to the city.

"I made the trip to Washington D.C. with Senator Mary Landrieu to talk about brining more funds to the city," Slaughter said on February 13.

"I did went to Washington D.C., and I did meet with Senator Mary Landrieu," Slaughter reiterated on February 18.

"I understand there were calls up there, but this was a private meeting," Slaughter said on February 20, after she was asked about her meeting again.

Finally, on February 21, Slaughter said, "I talked, I talked with Senator Landrieu."

Senator Landrieu said this about those comments.

"I have no specific knowledge of any specific thing we talked about," Landrieu said.  "You're going to have to talk with whoever is involved in that, all we did was have a party."

Monday, Slaughter said, "no comment."

Two weeks ago, the City Council approved a measure to have the District Attorney's Office and West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office investigate the Mayor.  News 2 has learned the Legislative Auditor and the Attorney General are also investigating.  Those results will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.


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