Landry calls on Boustany for congressional debate

BATON ROUGE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry is calling on his Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, to agree to a debate in the 3rd District congressional race before the November election.

The only debate planned between the two GOP congressmen — who were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat — has been canceled after communications problems among the University of Louisiana at Lafayette officials who were hosting the event.

Landry sent a letter to Boustany on Friday challenging him to a debate on or before Nov. 1.

"The people of Acadiana and southwest Louisiana deserve the chance to see both of us explain our positions so they may decide who they want representing them in Washington," Landry wrote.

No word yet from the Boustany campaign on whether Boustany will agree.

Five candidates are seeking the congressional seat. Boustany and Landry have been together for two candidate events, chamber of commerce forums that weren't debate format.

Landry has accused Boustany of dodging a face-to-face debate, a claim the Boustany campaign calls ridiculous.