State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson provided much more specific answers at a recent campaign forum in the 2nd District Congressional race than did state Sen. Troy Carter, the other top contender.
The two were among the candidates who appeared at a forum organized by the Alliance for Good Government, which is based in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond. The primary is March 20. The group endorsed Carter.
Peterson said she would reverse the Trump tax cuts passed by Congress in 2017 that The Tax Policy Center said provided nearly 67% of its benefits in 2018 to the 20% richest Americans.
Carter said that Congress should adjust income brackets “to reflect common sense” but didn’t explain what he meant by that.
Peterson also said she favored removing U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her House committees and would support expelling her from the House.
“She’s a threat to our Republic,” Peterson said.
Democrats voted Thursday to remove the first-term member from Georgia from House committees after she has endorsed the executions of Democrats and has suggested that horrific school shootings were actually carried out by actors working for the government.
Carter condemned “racism, bigotry, hate speak of any sort, regardless of who does it” but didn’t take a position on how specifically to respond to Greene.
Carter, who was elected to the Senate in 2015 after previously serving two years in the state House and eight years on the New Orleans City Council, touted his ability to work with others.
“We’ve been successful because we’ve been able to work across the aisle,” he said. “I have a very proud record of accomplishment, with passing laws.”
Carter noted that he has pushed for raising the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, but Republicans have consistently killed his bills in the Legislature to do so.
He has Richmond’s endorsement.
Peterson noted that she has the endorsement of Stacey Abrams, who is credited with helping propel the Georgia Democratic Party’s growth that led to Joe Biden carrying the state in November and the two Democratic Senate candidates winning their races in January.
Carter said he wished Louisiana’s Democratic Party had a Stacey Abrams in taking a jab at Peterson, who chaired the party from 2012-20, a period of decline while the Louisiana Republican Party ascended.
“Our party did not do as good a job as it could have,” he said.
Two other candidates also appeared during the portion of the forum with Peterson and Carter.
They were Harold John, who said he spent three decades working for the post office, and Belden “Noonie Man” Batiste, who is a community organizer in New Orleans.
Gary Chambers Jr., a community activist in Baton Rouge, said he was not invited. Chambers has by far the largest social media presence of any candidate, with 272,000 followers on Instagram, 84,000 on Twitter and 49,000 on Facebook.
A three-minute introductory video of Chambers has been viewed an astounding 662,000 times.