Clay Higgins, better known by his Internet moniker Cajun John Wayne, was taped telling his ex-wife getting elected to Congress would help pay back thousands of dollars in child support.
Higgins is one of two Republicans in the runoff race to fill retiring Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.‘s congressional seat.
“This campaign, it is a risk, but everything is structured in our favor,” Higgins tells Rosemary “Stormy” Rothkamm-Hambrice on the tape, and “Ours includes you.”
Higgins owes his ex-wife more than $100,000 in child support, according to The Advocate.
“I was trying to structure something more sort of solid and legal, you know in a document you had drawn up based on very likely potential future earnings,” Higgins says on the tape.
Higgins’ lawyer Ted Anthony said his client was trying to say, “If he were to win, it would give him the resources to resolve this matter,” adding that he believes Higgins “is genuine in his desire to take care of this.”
Higgins is up against Public Service Commissioner and former Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle to represent Louisiana’s 3rd District, which includes the city of Lafayette.
A former law enforcement official, Higgins found Internet fame making promotional crime-fighting videos for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, in which he highlights crimes and taunts the people who committed them.
The 3rd District runoff is one of three high-profile races to be settled on Saturday, but it has provided the most drama and is the most unpredictable.
Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy and Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, the last men standing from a 24-person primary, face each other for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. David Vitter.
Kennedy, though far ahead in the polls, will get a last-minute campaign boost from President-elect Donald Trump, who is stopping by Baton Rouge Friday for the next installment of his nation-wide victory tour.
Incumbent Sen. David Vitter decided not to run again after losing the 2015 gubernatorial election to Democrat John Bel Edwards.
The runoff for the state’s 4th District seat between Democrat Marshall Jones and Republican Mike Johnson, a member of the Louisiana legislature who is expected to win.
Boustany in the 3rd District and Rep. John Fleming in the 4th gave up their seats to run unsuccessfully for Vitter’s Senate seat.