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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Former U.S. Senate candidate Maness urges veterans' groups to boycott New Orleans

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click image Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a candidate for the Louisiana Senate last year, suggests veterans' groups boycott New Orleans. - MOUNTAINMAN23/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a candidate for the Louisiana Senate last year, suggests veterans' groups boycott New Orleans.

Last year, Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness was running for the U.S. Senate to represent Louisiana. Today he suggested veterans boycott New Orleans, the state's largest city.

On the syndicated Lars Larson Show, which was broadcast this week from WBRP-FM in Baton Rouge, Maness said veterans' organizations should avoid holding events in New Orleans due to the controversial takedown of four Confederate-era monuments in the city.

"Don't use racism and slavery and those sort of things to attack men who were serving their countries" at the time, Maness told Larson.
Maness has been an outspoken critic of the monument removal, writing last month that Mayor Mitch "Landrieu has effectively created his own ISIS" by taking down the statues. "A propaganda talking point by the tyrants has been that they only wanted to take down the four statues that have been removed in New Orleans," Maness wrote, "but this statement reveals the truth — these citizens hate all of us and our ancestors even today, here in the 21st century."

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is scheduled to hold its 118th national convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center next month, and has blocks of rooms reserved at the Sheraton New Orleans, Marriott New Orleans, Marriott Convention Center, Weston New Orleans Canal Place and Hilton Riverside, but Maness suggested the 10,000-person convention should be moved to Kenner instead.

Larson mentioned he and his wife wanted to visit the National World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans. "You can go visit that," Maness told him, "but don't give the hotel taxes and the convention taxes and all that stuff to the city of New Orleans."

Maness and Larson also agreed Congress should not get vacation until they repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact tax reform.

Maness is the founder of GatorPAC, a Madisonville-based PAC/SuperPAC that supports conservative legislators and principles. It currently is raffling an AR-15 rifle to donors.

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