Letter To The Editor (2nd Congressional)

September 22, 2010

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.

Patrick Riviere
Thibodaux, LA

(Editor’s Note: Letters To The Editor do not necessarily reflect the views of Inside Louisiana News)

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5 Responses to Letter To The Editor (2nd Congressional)

  1. GatorMaid
    September 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Patrick Riviere of Thibodaux is 18 years old and I attended his E.D. White High School graduation in May. Brilliant boy – I recall he was valedictorian. However his bias in this campaign is painfully clear, as he is only one step removed from being the nephew of Hunt Downer. Let me explain: his mother is MARY WAITZ RIVIERE – HUNT DOWNER'S LAW PARTNER at the firm WAITZ & DOWNER in Houma!!! That this boy naively believes this fact won't be exposed owes to his youthful ignorance. Moreover, I think it is worth pointing out the only persons the Downer campaign can inspire to defend Downer's quixotic campaign tactics is a member of his extended law firm family. Hunt Downer no doubt appreciates young Patrick's letter as bold and thoughtful. However knowing the source I think it is an embarrassment, particularly considering Patrick fails to disclose his relationship with Hunt. Patrick's mom tried the same thing in other print media and looked foolish. Note to the Rivieres: the world is very small, very small indeed and your letters and posts are transparent. If Hunt were the better candidate, Jeff Landry would not have beat him by 14 points in the primary. Jeff Landry will repeat his stellar performance on October 2 and my vote will be among the many to secure his victory.

    • Patrick Riviere
      October 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      I fail to see how my relationship with Hunt Downer takes away from my credibililty. There is no statement in my letter that isn't supported by factual information, and I show no unfounded bias in Downer. All I have done is tell the other half of the story Landry is telling. Is anything that I said false or unsupported opinion? Are you saying I should've hid behind some screen name or pen name? Please enlighten me. (I'm also curious as to your identity.)

      By the way, the Landry campaign has never answered my questions when I wrote to them personally. If they would have, I would not have had to write this letter to the editor.

  2. GatorMaid
    September 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I posted a comment one hour ago regarding this letter to the editor. Where is it? Are you censoring comments? It is obvious the answer is affirmative. Must be a statist site, as I have suspected all along.

    • insidelo
      September 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Our apologies for the delay. Due to "spammers", comments must first be approved by an administrator. However, since comments do not reflect the views of Inside Louisiana News, we will approve the comments. We do not approve spam comments nor comments that are unreasonable in nature.

  3. Southern Cookin'
    September 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    This was a very informative letter. I have watched these 2 campaigns grow from the ground up. I did not vote on August 28 because I was unsure on which candidate I thought I could trust. Weeks had gone by and I had begun to become more and more persuaded. Landry has been running a dirty campaign from day #1, I have yet to see him focus on any issues. I admire Downer for running a clean campaign. Up until recently he has cleared up some very hazy points it seems like. From what I can see, Downer uses his negative campaign tactics to attack on whole truths rather than half truths, as it seems the Landry campaign has.

    I had a nice long chat with my neighbors the other day and we could not figure out why anyone could support a nasty man like Jeff Landry. Other than connections and political "promises", I do not understand when he became qualified, or had a background and platform to support him.

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