U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany ain’t no fraidie cat. Seeking to shake suspicions that he’s dodging his main rival, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, in a debate following the disastrous implosion of the event at UL Lafayette, Boustany has publicly challenged Landry to an on-air debate.

Unfortunately no remaining debates are scheduled before the Nov. 6 election and Boustany’s challenge may be little more than blustery posturing, but on Thursday Boustany issued the following spittle-spattering statement:

Since his first speech announcing his campaign for reelection, Jeff Landry has continued to distort the facts and lie about my record. In light of Jeff’s refusal to publicly acknowledge the fact that he has continually lied to the hard-working families of South Louisiana, I challenge Jeff to meet me for a public, on-air debate. This forum will give voters the opportunity to see if Jeff Landry is as dishonest to our faces as he has been behind our backs.

Once and for all, we can argue the merits of issues and topics important to South Louisiana families without the distraction of Jeff’s Washington special interest group buddies FreedomWorks and their coordinated campaign of lies. I encourage Jeff to accept this invitation to stand on his own two feet and defend how his campaign was caught in a lie passing out campaign literature that was blatantly false about my record, his 107 missed votes in Congress, and his War on the Oil & Gas Industry in proposing new, crushing standby-vessel regulations. The people of South Louisiana deserve to know the truth.

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