House District 8 candidate Robbie Gatti has come under criticism after a picture of him dressed in black face was revealed on the website The Hayride.

Gatti said he was in black face, costuming as golfer Tiger Woods, during his heyday several years ago.  He noted it was part of a “good night at church” at First Baptist Church in Bossier City.

Gatti issued the following statement:

“15 years ago, my church held a fall festival, where all volunteers were told to dress as a famous person.  Tiger Woods was at the height of his popularity, as a world champion, and that was who I was dressed as.  Shortly after this event, I was ordained into the church.  As a medical professional, ordained minister, and  military officer, I live my life seeing only character, and I stand by that.

“I’m sad that my opponents have taken a good  night at church and turned it into negative, political  mud, but I’m confident the voters of Bossier will not fall for their desperate tactics.”

Carroll-Bridges to run for judge

Cynthia L. Carroll-Bridges, a Republican and a lawyer who practices in the areas of family law and adoptions, has announced she will seek the district judge’s seat on the Bossier-Webster District Court.

The seat became open when District Judge Jeff  Cox was elected to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.  The special election to fill the vacancy will be held on October 14.

Carroll-Bridges was born in Texas and received her B.A. in psychology from SMU and her law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1999.

She received her Louisiana law license in 2003 while working for local attorney Ronald Miciotto, handling civil, criminal, personal injury, and family worker’s compensation cases.

She is a member of the Bossier Bar Association and the Shreveport Bar Association and has served as president of the Women’s Section of the Shreveport organization.

Carroll-Bridges is married to Charles Bridges, who is a sergeant with the Bossier City Police Department.

Lane Pittard, First Assistant District Attorney for Bossier-Webster DA Schuyler Marvin, has also announced that he will run for the seat as well.

Governor signs budget Bill

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law HB3, the budget bill passed during the recent special session.

The governor used his executive authority to line item veto a $246,801 reduction from the Public Service Commission due to insufficient funds in the account, which only has a balance of about $500.

“We all knew that passing a budget bill to close a $304 million mid-year deficit would be challenging, but we managed to come together and find a solution that met my key priorities without adversely impacting higher eduction, K-12 education, public safety, children and family services or our partner hospitals,” Edwards said in signing the legislation.

He added, “That means the process worked and we have a lot to be proud about.  However, I did have to line item veto one of the cuts in HB 3 due to non-existing funds, which serves as further proof that we would all be better served if the leaders in the House would discuss potential cuts with agencies and commissions before proposing unworkable solutions out of the gate.”

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.