FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 1, 2014
Democrat Mayor Encourages Voter Fraud at Landrieu Event
Today, the Black Conservatives Fund PAC (BCF) released shocking video footage of Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins Sr. encouraging a crowd of Democrat Party bosses, activists and operatives to commit voter fraud at a rally in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu and local Democrat candidates.
The video was taken on the evening of Nov. 3, 2014, at the Charcoal Lounge on Academy Street in Opelousas, La.
“Now, if you already voted, go vote again tomorrow,” Cravins Sr. is seen telling a crowd. “One more time’s not going to hurt…”
Cravins Sr. shamelessly went on to say, “…tomorrow we’re gonna elect Earl Taylor as the [District Attorney] so he won’t prosecute you if you vote twice.”
Cravins Sr. is a former state senator, Louisiana Democrat Party operative and the current mayor of Opelousas, La. He is currently in a run-off for re-election against fellow Democrat, David Tatum.
Don Cravins Sr.’s son, Don Cravins Jr., happens to be Sen. Mary Landrieu’s chief of staff. “Mayor Cravins’ comments are appalling,” BCF Senior Advisor Ali Akbar said. “Mayor Cravins is brazenly encouraging those in attendance to violate state and federal law by committing voter fraud. He is compromising the integrity of our voting process and likely violating federal and state law himself.”
BCF has turned over a copy of the video and a transcript to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“We’re pledging our full cooperation with state and federal investigations,” said BCF board member Anita MonCrief, also known as the “ACORN whistle-blower.”
“Mayor Cravins owes the people Opelousas and Louisiana an apology,” Akbar said. “We’re calling on both state parties, Congressman Cassidy and Senator Landrieu’s campaigns to immediately denounce Cravins’ reckless disregard for the law.”
The Black Conservatives Fund is a political action committee committed to helping to elect conservatives at every level of government. BCF actively recruits African American candidates, makes direct campaign contributions and independent expenditures for conservatives of all colors. BCF has a Baton Rouge office.