The race between U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry for the redrawn 3rd Congressional District seat got uglier last week when the Tea Party of Lafayette, which backs Landry, issued a pamphlet stating Boustany hadn't been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee (he had) and that he didn't sign a pledge not to raise taxes (he did).
What happened? Since the Tea Party of Lafayette had co-endorsed Landry with the national nonprofit FreedomWorks, FreedomWorks printed the pamphlet, and Tea Party of Lafayette and FreedomWorks spokeswoman Joyce Linde told KATC-TV, "The tax pledge was not in our original document, and so maybe we feel that the graphic designer at FreedomWorks, or somewhere, inserted that."
The website LaFactCheck.com, which supports Boustany, headlined the incident "Lies, Damn Lies and Landry Lies," reprinting the Right to Life endorsement and concluding, acidly, "The very first line of the letter reads: 'National Right to Life is pleased to endorse you for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.' We realize this language is a tad bit ambiguous, but even someone with elementary comprehension of the English language can tell this is in fact an endorsement." — Kevin Allman