Anti-John Bel Edwards ads pulled from radio stations

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NEW ORLEANS (The Times-Picayune) – An attack ad against Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards was pulled from radio stations around the state this past weekend after the Edwards campaign complained it contained false information.

The political nonprofit Truth In Politics paid for the ad and airtime. Its cofounder, Lane Grigsby, is a prominent Baton Rouge businessman and Republican Party donor. He said in an interview Monday (March 4) he is urging the radio stations to resume playing it.

The spot focuses on Edwards’ education policy, saying the governor has tried to take away “school choice, a chance to get kids out of failing schools.” It highlights Edwards’ skepticism about charter schools and publicly funded vouchers that allow low-income children to attend private and parochial schools at the state’s expense.

The Edwards’ campaign takes specific issue with the ad saying “John Bel refused to fund early childhood education, not a dime.”

“This claim is simply false,” Jonathan Berkon and Courtney Weisman, attorneys for the Edwards campaign, wrote in a letter to the radio stations. “As public records clearly show, each budget passed since Governor Edwards took office in January of 2016 has included millions of dollars of funding for early childhood education.”

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