Second, as most of you are aware, Bryan Wooley’s campaign had a “feed and transport” event on Cooper Road. To say that the idea gained Wooley attention is an understatement. Plenty of people pulled out their race cards – including young mayoral candidate Parker Ward. So I called him out on the issue.
Parker couldn’t stand the heat, defriended me on Facebook, and then mysteriously started removing some of his comments where he claimed Wooley “broke the law.” Jim Wells, over at the MyBossier blog, confirmed the comment removals, but sent me screenshots just in case.
Now this is where the situation gets really odd. I received an email this afternoon from someone who posts on the KTBS website – with screenshots attached. I checked it out for myself, verified it, and took my own screenshots
Apparently, young Parker has been doing a bit of trolling on the KTBS site under multiple aliases. Very interesting – especially since he wasn’t smart enough to use multiple profiles with anonymous email addresses. What an amateur!
When you click on someone’s profile on the KTBS website, it plainly shows your comment history (unless you opt out) including all alias names you’ve used.
Even more importantly for the Shreveport mayors race, this is deceptive. He was purposely trying to make it look like he had supporters who actually took the time the post on the KTBS.com website.
This story just won’t seem to go away. Parker Ward, libertarian candidate for Shreveport Mayor, now claims that Bryan Wooley broke the law. Well, first he said he smelled corruption. Then he said Wooley broke the law.
Bryan signed off on it so he broke the law. — Parker Ward for Mayor
It is illegal to offer money or something of value in exchange for votes.
It is illegal to use “vote hauling” which is where a candidate pays staffers to transport voters, and those staffers offer money to the voters.
So far, I don’t think anyone has shown that Bryan Wooley purchased votes nor participated in vote hauling. It is not illegal to provide transportation to polling places. It is also not illegal to offer food – as long as there is no requirement of a particular vote.
Worse yet, young Parker Ward jumped way over the shark and immediately declared it “racist move” in an email sent to the Times and on his Facebook page. Oops.
Now, I’m the first to admit that this was a dumb move by the Wooley campaign. It only serves as fodder for the opposition who will place the race card immediately. Wooley should have seen that coming a mile away. Pure stupidity.
Wings and More owner Jeremy Savannah said the idea was his and another Wooley supporter in the neighborhood. The food included hamburgers and ribs, organizers said. — KTBS.com
However, the whole event was apparently organized by…wait for it…wait…local area residents!
Since when is eating chicken wings racist? What, are we supposed to ban chicken billboard advertising from Shreveport since it’s over 50% black? Come on, by the logic of the people attacking Wooley, that’s racist! No more ads showing blacks eating chicken.
Did anyone consider that a local limo business and Wings & More benefited financially from this?
PS: I’m not from Shreveport; however, I haven’t seen anything impressive about Bryan Wooley. Anything is better than Glover, though.
UPDATE: Looks like there was a little fun at the Shreveport City Council meeting with Joe Lee. While I dont agree with the race cards played by everyone on this – I gotta give Lee credit. His speech was good and he looked Wooley in the eyes. Awesome.