The race for Lafayette District Attorney heats up after apology letter sent out to community from DA Mike Harson

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Opponent Keith Stutes says too little, too late

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:18pm

The race for Lafayette District Attorney is on.  The candidates, current DA Mike Harson and former Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes, and things are already starting to heat up.  Already, there's a lot of back and forth.

"If something's out there then fine say it, but the way you say things sometimes has a lot to do with it.  Also, I'm not going to run from any of the alleged issues because I know where I stood and I know waht I did and didn't do, and I'm just going to try to keep it on point and just let the people decide," says Mike Harson, district attorney for the 15th judicial district.

"My plan was to, as I have done for nine months, to give the voters a choice.  A choice about change, a choice about positive change, a choice about restoring integrity, restoring fairness, restoring respect in the office.  I will not change that as I continue my campaign," says former district attorney and candidate Keith Stutes.

At issue, a bribery scandal involving three employees in the the district attorney's office.

"On behalf of myself and on behalf of many of the others who were employed in the DA's office, all of whom were embarrassed and shamed by this entire matter, we did not get an explanation much less an apology.  The apology comes much too late," says Stutes.

Harson says he did apologize when everything came to light two years ago.

"Essentially I was just trying to re-enforce what I felt I had already said, but a lot of people may not have heard or understood," says Harson.

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