BATON ROUGE La. (WVLA) — It’s no secret the proposed City of St. George has sparked a lot of controversy but now things have reached the boiling point.
“To denigrate it down to call these folk Taliban and killers it’s unconscionable,” said Sen. Mack “Bodi” White.
Councilman John Delgado responded to the entire backlash and released a statement. But he’s only apologizing to our veterans for possibly offending them. As for why well he told NBC33, he’s a straight shooter. He tells us that he stands behind his comment 100 percent.
Since its creation, the St. George incorporation has been stirring up controversy in East Baton Rouge parish.
“Obviously I have been very frustrated with the St George Incorporation,” said Delgado.
Clearly, Delgado is opposed to what the group is proposing, which is to create a new city within the parish.
And now after posting his feelings on social media there has been a whirlwind of backlash.
“That type of rhetoric should not be involved in the debate. We’re not children you shouldn’t talk like that its disrespectful and its embarrassing,” said St. George Spokeman Lionel Rainey.
Here’s part of what he posted quote “I don’t thank people that destroy our community, I condemn them for the terrorists they are.”
Delgado told NBC33 everyone should be focusing on the meaning, not the words.
“I call it as I see it. Maybe I am a terrible politician but I am always going to shoot people straight so if I see something that I am going a call wrong ill call it and everyone gets to see that then clearly,” noted Delgado.
Even politicians like Sen. Mack Bodi White are speaking out about the situation he says Delgado’s post is unconscionable.
“I can just say I told them from the beginning they would be called names but I never thought it would get to this,” said Sen. Mack “Bodi” White.
Delgado did apologize specifically to our veterans. But even some of them say he should never have made that kind of comment.
“It shouldn’t even be brought there, I mean this is common in politics to just smear one group against the bother and as a vet I am disgusted about the politics cause its not about that it about what Al Queda stands for,” Sgt. Nick Trapani.
Members of the St. George Incorporation will just have to see what happens next.
“He’s called us the Baton Rouge Taliban,” noted Rainey. “How do you respond to that I mean, what do you say to that.”
Statement by John Delgado concerning St. George/Facebook comments
“I regret that my choice of words has become an issue and distracted us from the real debate. It was not my intention to offend anyone. I believe that the creation of the City of St. George would be catastrophic to East Baton Rouge Parish, and I’m very passionate about preventing that from happening. I speak from the heart. I understand it may not make me the best politician, but I will always tell people how I truly feel.”