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Screen capture: Zachary city councilman Lael Montgomery seems to brandish a handgun in a video posted to his Facebook page. 

The political fallout over a recent audit questioning why the city of Zachary paid vendors millions of dollars without written contracts has escalated into a social media feud between the mayor's son and a city councilman — who appeared to brandish a gun in a Facebook video in response to their heated exchanges. 

Mayor David Amrhein said Thursday he feels Councilman Lael Montgomery threatened his son, Blake, when Montgomery posted a video that appears to show him waving a handgun.

"Man, I'm out here, man!" Montgomery says in the video, naming an address and showing the gun. "I'm about whatever y'all about." 

The video has since been removed from his page.

Amrhein said Thursday he's "weighing his options" about whether he'll go to authorities about the video.

Montgomery did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment about the posts Thursday. But he posted on Facebook: "Y'all respect Veterans Day, but not a black veteran with a gun, I can fight and die for my country but not for my family!" 

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Lael Montgomery

The feud between Amrhein's son and Montgomery played out in a series of back and forth exchanges on posts on the councilman's Facebook page. 

In the threads, the mayor's son repeatedly asked Montgomery to meet up after the councilman blasted his father over the audit. Auditors found the city paid two vendors nearly $4 million for services without having a contract in place. 

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"[Blake] has never threatened Lael, but him brandishing a gun, that's a threat," Amrhein said. "I haven't seen it, but I've been told about it. I think it's disgraceful for a public official to get on TV threatening someone." 

On Wednesday, Montgomery called for Amrhein's resignation and accused the mayor of criminal activity. Amrhein maintains no laws were broken.

Amrhein on Thursday claimed his son was merely asking to meet up with the councilman to debate the particulars around the issue. 

"He did not threaten violence,"  Amrhein said. "He was simply saying we have a difference in opinions, let's meet and debate. If a debate is a threat, we're in a whole lot of trouble." 

In social exchanges with Montgomery, the mayor's son repeatedly questions Montgomery's residency, saying he lives outside of the city he serves as an elected official. 

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Zachary Mayor David Amrhein 

"Lil Blake, I’m a rolling stone, where ever I lay my hat is my home!!!," Montgomery posted on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon with three crying-laughing emojis. 

"I am glad you think it’s funny," the mayor's son responded. "I think it’s an insult to your constituents that you don’t live in the district you represent."


Email Terry Jones at tjones@theadvocate.com