After staffers accidentally broadcast critiques of opponents; one says Charles Boustany has some 'explaining' to do _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -  Third District U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, speaks during a Veteran's Day service.

U.S. Senate candidate Charles Boustany staffers criticized his two of his fellow GOP opponents in what appears to be an accidentally broadcastFacebook posting. It’s hit the national media.

Talking about state Treasurer John N. Kennedy, an unidentified staffer opined, “You can’t knock Kennedy off message. He’s dogged. We’re not going to win even with gaffes.”

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The other staffer said that verbal mistakes may help Boustany’s chances with another Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. John Fleming, of Minden.

“Well, Fleming has made some big ones,” a staffer said.

Fleming responded, “It is very disappointing that Congressman Boustany would break congressional ethics rules by mixing his taxpayer-funded office with his political operation. Congressman Boustany has a lot of explaining to do.”

Kennedy said, “I agree with whoever said I am dogged when it comes to doing my job and protecting taxpayer dollars.”

The conversation was broadcast over Facebook Live.

Calls, texts and emails to Boustany’s congressional office and campaign went unanswered.

But Roll Call and The Blaze have picked up the story that began with a Dallas Morning News reporter happened upon the live broadcast and tipped off, which reported the incident this morning.

Boustany is vying to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is stepping down at the end of his term. In addition to Fleming and Kennedy, the Lafayette congressman faces fellow Republicans Rob Maness, of Madisonville; Joseph Cao, of New Orleans; and Abhay Patel, of New Orleans. The Democratic Party contenders include Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish; Caroline Fayard, of New Orleans; Josh Pellerin, of Lafayette; and Peter Williams, of Lettsworth. Troy Hebert, of Baton Rouge, has also said he would run without party affiliation.