Lamar White, the blogger at CenLamar, published a blog post entitled Under the Radar, David Melville Prepares a Serious Campaign for Congress in LA-04, about the 4th District congressional race that is shaping up between David Melville and John Fleming. Melville, as most of you are aware, is the pastor of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Bossier City.
A comment appeared on the blog post last night that said, among other things:
“Give me a break. I’d rather keep an ex-naval officer and business man in office fighting for the soul of this nation than send one who makes a living preying on the fearful and week minded sheep in his flock. What’s a blogger from Alexandria doing writing about this race anyway. I think that Rodney Alexander is his congressman. Could it be that he thinks that the good Reverand will be sucessful at stealing even more of our money by way of increased taxes so it can be distributed to those who are deemed more deserving than we who earn it?”
Lamar answered with this:
“So let me get this out in the open: The e-mail address that “John” left in the above comment traces back to John Escude, the President of the Caddo Parish Commission. Mr. Escude is a Republican who was elected three years ago.
If the above comment was, in fact, written by Commissioner Escude, then I hope he will have the courage and integrity to publicly stand behind his words. And if it wasn’t written by Commissioner Escude and if he is the victim of a hoax, then I stand ready and willing to help him figure out if someone else is blogging under his personal e-mail address.”
I sent Mr. Escude' an email asking him if it was indeed his comment on the blog. This is his reply:
That was in fact my blog. This is the first time that I have responded to a blog and I just happened upon it. The blog started out as an analysis of the 4th district race and then turned into an endorsement of a candidate. I have not made my decision on who to vote for. In fact, I voted for and supported Paul Carmouche in the last election. (see filed campaign reports) I believe that our nation is on the brink of going down a road from which there will be no return. This belief is based on the policies of our President and the support that he gets from a democratically controlled congress. Although, many question Fleming's tactics as well as Vitter's at least they are not silently sitting by watching the damage being done. David Melville is a good man . Yes, I have met and spoken with him. I just do not want another Democrat in the house at this time when we need some balance to at least neutralize things until some sense of sanity returns to congress. As one with a daughter in law school and a former Seminary student myself, the sarcasm in my comments were meant as sarcastic humor.
I do not think that Congressman Fleming and Mr. Melville are to very far apart philosophically however, I am quite sure with their different backgrounds that their methods are. As I recall in the new testament, Jesus sent his disciples out to spread the word to the people, not to the Sanhedrin nor to the Roman senate. My questions are these: how would Mr.Melville have voted on the health care bill, the bailouts and cap and trade. If the answer is yes, then he's not my man. As for where I stand, you can look up Jeffersonian_Republican if you like..