Robinson alleges Letlow tried to “buy him out” of 5th Congressional District race, Letlow denies allegations

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Luke Letlow (left) and Scotty Robinson (right), two candidates for the 5th Congressional District. (Courtesy for Letlow: Luke Letlow for Congress Facebook. Courtesy for Robinson: Ouachita Parish Police Jury website.)

WEST MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Scotty Robinson, a candidate in the race for the 5th Congressional District seat, is alleging that Luke Letlow tried to buy him out of the race.

According to a video posted on the Scotty Robinson for Congress Facebook page, Robinson alleges that he has been made offers on multiple occasions to back out of the race in exchange for money or for a job.

“I am not for sale. I cannot be bought. This seat cannot be bought. This district cannot be bought,” said Robinson.

He goes on to say that during the 2019 Gubernatorial Race for Louisiana, a mutual friend of his and Letlow’s made him an offer, allegedly on the behalf of Letlow, to not run for congress and in return Ralph Abraham would have a job waiting on Robinson when Abraham got elected for governor.

Robinson says in the video he was made another offer from one of Letlow’s supporters. Robinson stated that the supporter wanted to know how much money it would take for Robinson to drop out of the race.

Robinson also says that on September 6, 2020, one of his own supporters told him that someone from Letlow’s campaign had urged them to talk with Robinson and get him to drop out.

“That disgusts me. Listen, I get politics. I’ve been elected. I’ve been a public servant since 2011. But this kind of insider, DC swamp stuff is the reason I’m running in the first place,” said Robinson.

Robinson ends the video saying, “To the people trying to buy me out of this race, no thank you. It’s insulting to me, and it’s insulting to the voters and residents of this district.”

Luke Letlow’s campaign has responded to the allegations by calling the accusation “baseless and desperate.”

As reported by The News-Star, the chairman for Letlow’s campaign, Scott Franklin, made the following statement regarding the allegations.

“Our campaign holds ourselves to the highest standard and would never condone the details of (Robinson’s) statement,” said Scott Franklin, chairman of Letlow’s campaign. “However, I do feel sorry for Mr. Robinson, as he has sunk a great deal of personal money into what appears to be a wildly unsuccessful bid for Congress. As the proud chairman of the Letlow campaign, I’ll never apologize for running what has been the most successful fundraising campaign in district history.”

KTVE/KARD reached out to Letlow’s campaign for a statement regarding the allegations and received the following:

“It seems that Mr. Robinson was misled if he believes that at any point, I had a conversation with anyone at any time promising him a job in exchange for not running for Congress. The accusations being leveled against my campaign by Mr. Robinson are categorically baseless and slanderous. I have absolutely no clue who he is referring to, and if his comments on this matter continue, my campaign will pursue legal action against him. His accusations are false and I’m calling on him to issue an official apology. I witnessed baseless and senseless attacks like this happen to my boss, Ralph Abraham, when he ran for Governor. These kinds of ruthless attacks within our own Republican party have to stop. Let’s have an honest race and discuss real issues that affect real people in the 5th district instead of utilizing desperate attack strategies to try to win a race. My campaign is focused on telling the voters of this district who I am, what I stand for, and why I want to be their next Congressman. I am offering myself as a candidate because voters deserve to believe in voting for me based on my experience, unquestionable integrity, and my proven results when it comes to delivering for the people of this district.”

In an interview with USA Today Network, Robinson said neither Letlow nor anyone officially working for Letlow’s campaign made direct contact with him.

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