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Brian Pope pays for poll, his wife says

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2020-03-10 12:45:28-04

LAFAYETTE, La. (KATC) — Brian Pope, the suspended Lafayette City Marshal who will be sentenced next week for his conviction on felony charges, has a paid pollster asking citizens about a “witch hunt,” his wife says in a social media post.

“My husband has paid a consultant/company to run a poll regarding this political witch-hunt which has been going on since 2015,” she wrote. “You will be amazed at the questions.”

Here’s the post:

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A Reddit user said he was called and posted the questions. Our media partners at KPEL talked to him, and he told them the questions seemed to focus on Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber and Pope.

Here’s what he posted:

The questions were (paraphrasing)

How much do you approve of Garber?
How much do you approve of Pope?
Do you think Pope was brought down by a witch hunt?
Do you approve of Garber holding illegal aliens for only 48 hours before release instead of holding to be picked up by ICE?
Did you vote for Garber’s failed tax increase?
Do you approve of Garber using tax dollars to put his name and likeness on things?
Would you vote for Garber or Pope as sheriff?

To read KPEL’s full story, click here.

Pope still has about $9,000 in his campaign fund, according to a report filed with the state last month.

In addition to sentencing next week, Pope also is set for a pre-trial hearing in his second indictment.

According to court records, he has no attorney for that case. His attorney in the first case filed a motion to withdraw, saying that Pope had not retained him for that case.