U.S. Rep. Garret Graves spreading myths, 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid, Gov. Edwards
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accused a Baton Rouge congressman Thursday of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding.
The Democratic governor's office released a memo saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted" to convey accurate information about Louisiana's recovery from last year's March and August flooding.
The memo, distributed by Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo, came a day after Edwards attended a congressional hearing in Washington, in which GOP members of Congress — including Graves — blasted Louisiana's response to the floods.
"In 2005, we watched as the political culture of Washington hurt Louisiana's response and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Today, we're at risk of that happening again," the governor's office memo said. "Yesterday, a small group of politicians in Washington, led by a member of our own delegation, conducted a distasteful ambush of Gov. Edwards using outright lies."