Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is under scrutiny for being in Taiwan last week rather than speaking before Congress with the mayors of Central, Denham Springs and Walker about flood relief. Holden says he went out of the country to attend a forum about building sustainable port cities. He says he did not go to Washington D.C. because his office was not invited.

“I am a firm believer that Congressman Cedric Richmond had a hand in this and the governor should’ve stood up and said we are all in this together just like the mayors from throughout this area.”

Holden says no area of Baton Rouge will be left untouched by the services the government is providing after the flooding and there is still a lot to be done. He says he is completely engaged in the recovery process.

“We’re going to be out there taking care of people throughout this parish and we’re still going to do it until we have this thing somewhat in hand people can get on with their lives.”

Holden says some candidates for Baton Rouge mayor are attacking his lack of presence in the city during this tough time. He says Baton Rouge isn’t going to fall apart because there is communication between his staffers and everyone is working together.

“These are people who are misinformed and all they had to do, asking the questions about what’s going on in Baton Rouge because we constantly stayed on the media, telling people here are the things we’re doing in East Baton Rouge Parish.”