GOP candidate Robbie Gatti tries to explain why he dressed as Tiger Woods in blackface at church

  • Robbie Gatti is running for the Louisiana state legislature’s eighth district seat in April, but his campaign is in trouble due to a blackface photo.
  • On Monday, conservative publication the Hayride published an image of Gatti — a Republican and an ordained minister — wearing blackface and a bootleg Nike cap at a church event.
  • Reached by phone, Gatti told Mic that he regretted the incident and that the photo was taken 15 years ago, at a church event where attendees were asked to dress up as someone famous.
  • “I dressed up as Tiger Woods,” he said. “Woods was at the height of his success at the time. He was the number one golfer in the world. This was before his troubles [with infidelity became public]." 
  • "I would never do this again,” he said. “I have too many black pastors that are friends. I am completely colorblind. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” Read more (2/28/17 12:08 PM)

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9 photos of Tropical Storm Cindy and its aftermath on the Gulf Coast

  • Tropical Storm Cindy downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday, but not before wreaking havoc on the Gulf Coast.
  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state Wednesday, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu warned residents not to attempt to drive through standing water.
  • USA Today reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency planned to move 125,000 meals and 200,000 bottles of water into the state ahead of the storm. Rain is expected to continue through Friday in the region. Read more. (6/22/17, 1:29 PM)