Bossier political leaders react to Gatti 'blackface' photo

Shreveport, LA - The fallout continues after a photo surfaces of Republican candidate, Robbie Gatti, dressed in 'blackface'.

Gatti is running for State Representative in District Eight and says he the victim of a political attack.

He says he was dressed as Tiger Woods for a church fall festival.

The chair of the Bossier Parish Republican party condemns Gatti's behavior.

 "I was some what surprised,  Robbie Gatti is a Republican and the Republican party does not stand for that, it doesn't condone that,  we're the Republican party, we're the party of Lincoln, we're trying to reach out to African Americans, we're trying to do a better job, and that kind of thing sets us back" said Mike Collier, Republican chair of Bossier City.

The Bossier Parish Democratic chair says voters must consider all of the issues at stake.

"Vote your conscious because when you're in the ballot box, I don't cast the ballot for you, and the things I'm more concerned about is the $400,000,000 deficit that we are facing in our state and taking someone to our legislature that can work with our current governor, beyond party lines to insure that North Louisiana is going to be taken care of" said Lee Jeter, Senior Democratic chair of  Bossier City.

Bossier Mayor Lo Walker says he has accepted Gatti's explanation and continues to endorse him.

The special election is March 25.


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