NEW ORLEANS, La. (WAFB) - Gary Landrieu, a lesser known Independent candidate running for governor in Louisiana, used a racial slur when speaking in a radio interview with WGSO 990.
In an interview, Landrieu said, "Let me tell you, when I was a kid we learned about protecting ourselves and defending ourselves because we were called a lot of ugly names as children,” according to a report by The USA Today Network. “As an 8-year-old, they called me, ‘Oh, there’s the n*****-lovers right there.”
Landrieu was responding to a caller who called him “a piece of s***” and describing his experience being related to former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu at a time when the former Mayor was making efforts to assist African American residents.
When questioned why he used the word, Landrieu responded by saying, “I’m not a racist and I don’t use the word often,” The USA Today Network reported. “No, I don’t regret it because it was designed to be a tool for people to understand my experience as a child and the racism I experienced as a child.”
During the interview with the USA Today Network Landrieu also said, “There was nothing derogatory in what I said. I hear that word every day in public.”
Landrieu’s campaign declined to provide comment when contacted by WAFB Friday, Aug. 30.
Landrieu is not the only candidate to be ensnared in controversy recently.
Still under fire for a Ralph Abraham for Governor ad that is a cropped copy of a Dodge 2013 Super Bowl commercial, the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign released its latest ad in which Abraham states a list of “truths” which consist mostly of opinions, excluding one in which Abraham touts his medical degree as a qualification to make a claim that “there are only two genders.”
When asked if that view was consistent with the understanding of gender held by Louisiana’s medical community, Vincent A. Culotta, Jr., executive director for the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners told WAFB “We don’t regulate or get involved in elections, electioneering, or anything like that. Now, if a doctor has a belief that is unscientific and [that opinion] adversary affects a patient, we will deal with it.”
In an interview with WAFB reporter Matt Houston, Abraham said he will treat members of the LGBTQ community “as fair as anybody else in the world,” and says his argument is rooted in disgust with Louisiana’s high insurance rates.
The idea, Abraham says, is that anti-discrimination measures, like an executive order Gov. John Bel Edwards issued years ago that was later struck down, create more opportunities for workers to sue their employers.