Congressional Candidate Arrested After Qualifying
A congressional candidate was arrested Friday, shortly after he qualified to run against U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham in Louisiana's 5th district. Billy Burkette of Pride was taken away in handcuffs as there was a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Burkette told reporters at the Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge that he's the chief of police and chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians.
Two others have qualified to challenge Abraham in the November 6th election. Jessee Carlton Fleener, a democrat from Loranger. The 5th Congressional district extends into the northern Florida Parishes.
Libertarian Kyle Randol of Monroe will also be on the ballot in the November 6th election.