Politics

Boustany's Private Campaign Conversation Goes Public

Staff accidentally posts conversation about opponents to Facebook Live

Charles Boustany Jr. was caught talking strategy about his Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s staff on Tuesday accidentally broadcast  a conversation about two of his opponents in his run for retiring Sen. David Vitter's seat, The Times-Picayune reported.  

Boustany's staffers are heard in the conversation accidentally posted to Facebook Live saying that state Treasurer John Kennedy is very disciplined and on message but Boustany's colleague in the House, Rep. John Fleming, is prone to mistakes.

"You can't knock Kennedy off message. He's dogged," says one person not seen in the video.

"We're not going to win with gaffes," another says. "We might if it were Fleming, but not him."

"Well, Fleming's made some big ones," the other says. 

One mentions a conversation he had with Kennedy. 

"I was just really hoping he would say something dumb in private."  

The other replies, "That would be awesome. I would email every reporter I know.  

Unfortunately for Boustany, it now looks like his staff were the ones who said something "dumb in private."  

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