But, isn't accusing her of race-baiting in itself race-baiting? I seem to have misplaced my PC guide:
Gov. Kathleen Blanco engaged in the "the lowest form of racial baiting" when she suggested last week that a lawsuit filed against her by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus was a ploy to protect controversial programs in the state budget, the chairman of the caucus charged in a letter to the governor Friday.
"As legislators, and as citizens of this state, we deserve better," Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, wrote to Blanco. "We deserve more thoughtful commentary from our top officials. We deserve straight answers to straight questions, and above all we deserve due respect to do our jobs."
Richmond's letter escalates a feud that began before the current special legislative session. Several black lawmakers have accused Blanco of ignoring their suggestions for subjects to be debated in the session, and of cutting too deeply into programs for the poor in trying to close a $959 million budget gap.
Their anger culminated in a lawsuit, filed Wednesday by state Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, on behalf of the caucus. It charges that Blanco exceeded her constitutional authority with a Nov. 5 executive order that sliced $431 million in state spending.
A hearing on the suit has been set for Nov. 18 in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
When asked about the lawsuit Thursday, Blanco attributed it to anger over her decision to freeze about $6 million in spending by the Governor's Office of Urban Affairs and Development.
"If I would boil it down to a rational reason, I think that's probably the cause of the problem," Blanco said. Often described by critics as a "slush fund," the program doles out cash for projects and nonprofit groups in the districts of black lawmakers...