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Mudslinging begins in local campaigns

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Election season is underway and the mudslinging has already begun. 

"I think it's terrible to put this out," said one Alexandria resident. "In the first place, I don't believe it. Second, I think it's kind of filthy."

That's just one reaction to a letter about Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy circulating the city.

Dozens of letters claiming that Mayor Roy has a "love child hidden in Lafayette" have been mailed out to local businesses during the past couple of weeks.

It's political season and people are playing dirty. But, are they going too far?

Mayor Roy says they are. And, this claim is one of the most ridiculous he's ever seen.

"It's a sign of the political season," said Mayor Roy. "To me, it's sort of a desperation style campaign. If you can't attack someone's record, attack them personally. Or, worse, their family."

Mayor Roy says he and his family have seen an outpouring of support since the letters were sent out. But, with an election season as hot as this one, he doesn't expect the below-the-belt attacks to end anytime soon.

"We expect from the folks that are behind this, that there will be at least one more coming of it," he said. "And, we expect people will give it that degree of belief or credibility that it's due, which is probably not much."

As for who's sending the letter out remains a mystery. The return address on the envelopes is city hall. Mayor Roy says he has an idea of who's behind it, but he's not letting it get to him.

"There's a lot of breadcrumbs that some folks leave when they do something like this that lead right to the door," said Mayor Roy. "I have a feeling it will all come out in the wash, so to speak. Then, the question of what you do with it really becomes that the people usually handle it for you. The citizens will react strongly to that."

Mayor Roy said the Alexandria Police Department is aware of the letters. But, he didn't say if he plans on pressing any charges if someone is caught.

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