POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The race has gotten ugly, literally, between District Ten incumbent Tara Wicker and her challenger Larry Selders. This is after someone overnight vandalized Wicker's campaign billboard writing the word 'crock' across the middle of it.
"That's an unfortunate thing. It sends the wrong message in terms of now we should conduct ourselves as local officials as citizens. The message that it's sending to children definitely. The way we should treat each other in this community,” says incumbent Tara Wicker.
Selders says the incident is unfortunate, but his campaign had nothing to do with it.
"It's a bad deal. Seems like some kids. I don't know if they were spelling crook or crock. It's a bad deal. Tara 's a great person. Their family is great people and for someone to do that I think it's bad," says Selders.
But what's worse some people say is what Selder's campaign did last week. It sent out a tweet stating.
"Early voting starting tomorrow. Buses leaving T.T. Allain every hour on the hour beginning at 8:15. Lunch vouchers provided.
Selders says he just wanted to make sure kids weren't going to miss a meal.
"These are students from everywhere. All of them don't live in District Ten, but I didn't want those students to miss lunch. Some of them have meal plans and I didn't want them to miss their window of opportunity. I wanted to help provide food,” says Selders.
But this type of kindness is now getting investigated by the district attorney's office. And it leaves his opponent and some voters with a bad taste in their mouths.
"This day and time in local politics there is really no place for that kind of thing. I shouldn't have to encourage anybody with meal vouchers or anything else to vote for me. My record should speak for myself," states Wicker.
"Allowing candidates to round people up with inducements be it food, alcohol, or whatever and pack them off to the polls. I'm not sure that's what the framers had in mind," says voter John Godbee.