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On Saturday, Allee Bautsch’s mother spoke out about the vicious attack. She joined Allee’s friend and said the attackers were leftist protesters.
Allee Bautsch’s mother, Della Berning, has now joined a friend of Bautsch’s in telling Yahoo! News that, contrary to what Brown initially told police, Bautsch and Brown do believe that the attackers were a group of political protesters who followed them after they left the event. Their recollection is not conclusive, of course, and they admit to having no knowledge of the attackers’ underlying motivations.
The attack on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign aide has gone viral, and in doing so, many of those identified as protesters that were at or near Brennan’s Restaurant have made their Facebook accounts private, and even pulled their YouTube videos.
While it was initially reported that the victims were attacked for wearing “Palin pins”, the Governor’s spokesman has stated in an update that that was not the case. Only the victims would know for sure what they were wearing at the time. From Hayride:
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: As this story seems to be going viral, I want to put on the brakes a little and see if perhaps we can supply some answers to some of the questions which seem to be popping up regarding this incident.
First, Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin tells us that Alle Bautsch was not wearing a Palin pin. And neither was Joe Brown. So that’s an allegation which has been disputed.
Second, as far as the Jindal administration is concerned they do not have evidence at this time that the attack on Bautsch and Brown was directly related to the protest. We have a report, as you’ll see below, that the attack was politically motivated, and we’re looking forward to full confirmation of that fact.
This is obviously going to be an ongoing story.
Mayor Ray Nagin’s colorful remarks will be missed, but with term limits, he could not run for Mayor of New Orleans again.
Amidst the partying of Mardi Gras, and the prepping for the big Super Bowl match up of their New Orleans’ Saints, the residents are goilg to the polls on this Saturday to choose their next Mayor. With a field of 11 candidates from both parties, the vote is expected to have a good turnout. There will be a run off if no candidate gets 50% of the vote.
Of interest in the race is the fact that the Lt. Governor is the odds on favorite to win the Mayor’s seat, though he lost in his bid for the seat in 2006. If he wins, he will be the first white Mayor elected since his father held the seat nearly three decades ago. The Lt. Governor is a Democrat (they must be elected separately from the Governor), and perhaps name recognition is helping. After all, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s big sister, Sen. Mary Landrieu, is proud of her ObamaCare vote that she negotiated in exchange for $300 million dollars to the state’s Medicaid coffers!