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FACT CHECK: Eddie Rispone’s

Deceptive Attack Ad
Rispone’s attacks on Abraham are blatantly false and
intentionally misleading

THE TRUTH ON DONATING HIS SALARY:

Ralph Abraham donated his first term’s salary in Congress to charity,


and he has continued to give donate hundreds of thousands of
dollars to charity each year.

● RISPONE’S ACCUSATION: Ralph Abraham said he would donate his


congressional salary to charity, but he lied, and bought himself a new airplane
instead.

● THE FACTS: After his election to Congress, House Ethics ruled that Abraham
could no longer receive private income as a part-time practicing physician.
Despite this ruling, Ralph Abraham donated his salary to charity in his first term
of Congress. He and his wife, Dianne, have continued to give hundreds of
thousands of dollars to charity each year.

THE TRUTH ON MISSED VOTES:

Ralph Abraham had the best attendance record of any member of the
Louisiana Congressional delegation before running for governor.

● RISPONE’S ACCUSATION: Ralph Abraham (missed more votes) than any other
congressman in America.

● THE FACTS: Before running for governor, Ralph Abraham had the best
attendance record of any member of the Louisiana congressional delegation. In
the 114th, Congress (2015-16), Abraham missed only 2 votes out of 1,325
(0.15%). In the 115th Congress (2016-18), Abraham missed only 18 votes out of
1,210 (1.49%). During his campaign, Abraham has missed less votes compared
to other Louisiana Congressman who have run for Governor like Buddy Roemer,
Bob Livingston, and Billy Tauzi. (Pro-Publica, 9/17/19).

THE TRUTH ON ABRAHAM’S SUPPORT FOR TRUMP:

Ralph Abraham was one of the first members of the Louisiana


congressional delegation to endorse President Trump and he’s been
one of his strongest allies in Congress.

● RISPONE’S ACCUSATION: Ralph Abraham called on President Trump to step


down.

● THE FACTS: Ralph Abraham was one of the first members of the Louisiana
congressional delegation to endorse President Trump, praising him as far back
as August 2015. He has been one of his most loyal and supportive allies in
Congress. (Daily World, Opelousas, LA. 21 Aug 2015, Fri, Page1; GOP delegation begins
rallying To Trump. The Town Talk, Alexandria, Louisiana. 08 May 2016, Sun. Page A3).

THE TRUTH ON ABRAHAM’S SUPPORT FOR THE WALL:

Ralph Abraham has been one of President Trump’s strongest


supporters on building a border wall in Congress.

● RISPONE’S ACCUSATION: Ralph Abraham joined Nancy Pelosi to oppose a


Border Wall.

● THE FACTS: Ralph Abraham has consistently fought to fund a border wall in
Congress. He voted against the bills cited by Rispone because they either didn’t
provide enough funding for a border wall or they would have granted amnesty to
illegal aliens. Representatives Mike Johnson, Clay Higgins, and Garret Graves
also voted against at least one of the bills Rispone cites.

THE TRUTH ON ABRAHAM’S OPPOSITION TO PELOSI:


Ralph Abraham voted against Nancy Pelosi the vast majority of the
time. The only votes where they agreed were nonpartisan and minor
issues.

● RISPONE’S ACCUSATION: Ralph Abraham voted with Nancy Pelosi over 300
times.

● THE FACTS: The vast majority of the time, Abraham voted differently than
Nancy Pelosi. The votes referenced by Rispone were all nonpartisan and minor
issues like naming Post Offices. By comparison, in the Congress Rispone cites,
Pelosi agreed with Rep. Mike Johnson 323 times, Rep. Garret Graves 317 times,
Rep. Clay Higgins 321 times, and Rep. Steve Scalise - who was forced to miss
votes due to hospitalization following his tragic shooting - 263 times.