District 6 Senate candidate says family business was vandalized

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 6:14pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 7:03pm

When Mike Mannino’s parents got to work Tuesday morning, they found a hateful message scrawled across the walls of their business.

“This just floored me to see something like this,” he says.

Mannino is running for District 6 Senate. His parents own Deep South Choppers near Central. He says someone went into their body shop and left their mark in black spray paint.

“It’s a racial slur if you want to look at it that way,” he says.

Mannino is running against Bodi White, but he says he doesn’t think the current District 64 Representative or his campaign team were behind this.

“Did he have anything to do with it? I doubt it. It is very, very unlikely. I think he’s a good man,” says Mannino.

Residents agree.

“What’s the other fella go to do with it? It wasn’t his fault somebody had an opinion!” says Juanita Williams.

“I think it’s the supporters for him, but it’s still not a good way to put out a message for any politician,” adds Desaray Tate.

Mannino says he’s not surprised by the vandalism. Instead, he says Central politics are always heated, and this kind of problem has happened before.

“Back during the last election out here, which were the mayor’s race and the city council race, this exact thing went on with people getting anonymous letters and very similar things happening,” he explains.

He says some people in the community take politics a little too seriously. “This is a very volatile community,” he says. “A lot of very polar opposite opinions on the way we ought to be doing things.”

Now, Mannino says he’s calling on his neighbors for help, so this doesn’t happen to anyone else in his community.

“If there are people out there who know who it is, you need to turn him in, get him some help before they hurt somebody.”

NBC33 talked with Bodi White’s campaign manager who tells us White and his campaign have nothing to do with the vandalism and would never condone such activity.
 

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