Letter To The Editor (2nd Congressional)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve received Landry campaign ads attacking Hunt Downer accusing him of supporting the gay agenda and abortion and being anti-Second Amendment and a liberal. He also attempts to dispel claims of fraudulent acts for which he was sued. I began to look into these issues and was quite surprised by the results.
I’ll begin with the gay-agenda issue. He cites two bills that Downer supported as proof of his position. The entire truth, though, reveals a different thing. House Bill 1517 from 2001 ensures rights to abused members of intimate relationships regardless of sexual orientation. Senate Bill 914 from 1997 makes an attack on someone based solely on sexual orientation a hate crime. I hardly think this qualifies as supporting the gay agenda as Landry says.
His ad attacking Downer’s position on abortion is another manipulation. The Louisiana Right to Life Committee rates each candidate’s abortion position. All of the Republican candidates received 100 percent ratings. Another interesting fact is that for the question dealing with exceptions to abortion, he and Downer both marked that only for the life of the mother can abortion be considered. In reality, then, he and Downer would have answered “Yes” to the question, “Are there any instances in which abortion would be considered,” unlike the ad would have voters believe.
Other attacks are simply baseless. First, why would the NRA give Downer an “A” rating if he were anti-Second Amendment?
Landry’s defense against a lawsuit cites a totally different case that occurred three years after the one Downer cites. Finally, his continual attacks on Downer being a Democrat are just as ridiculous. My grandmother has been a registered Democrat until just recently. She’s told me that back in the day, if you wanted to vote, you registered Democrat. You don’t simply look at one’s party affiliation to determine political nature, you look at the record. The “liberal” record that Landry tries to publicize has been a manipulation of truth.
I am by no means an expert on politics, but I am not an uninformed voter. I like to see the whole truth rather than half-truths. After looking into these issues, I’m deeply saddened to see that Landry’s relentless attacks are nothing more than half-truths, and like most Americans these days, I’m tired of the same old dirty politicians.
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