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Robbie Gatti, who is running for a seat on the Louisiana House of Representatives,  dressed up as Tiger Woods by donning blackface at a community event.

Now he is being blasted by residents in Bossier City, Louisiana, after a photograph of him in blackface at First Baptist Church surfaced this week. But Gatti insists that his blackface was merely part of a “good night at church,” reports the Daily Mail.

The “unwavering conservative” released a statement to say he meant no harm with the racist costume, claiming the photo’s resurgence is a smear attempt by his political opponents. He wrote on Facebook:

“Fifteen years ago, my church held a fall festival, where all the volunteers were told to dress as a famous person. Tiger Woods was at the height of his popularity, as a world champion, and that was who I was dressed as. Shortly after this event, I was ordained into the church.”

Gatti continued, “As a medical professional, ordained minister and military officer, I live my life seeing only character and I stand by that. I’m sad that my opponents have taken a good night at church and turned it into negative, political mud, but I’m confident the voters of Bossier will not fall for their desperate attacks.”

Gatti describes himself as “100% anti-abortion” and “100% pro second amendment.” Something tells us he knew his blackface costume would cause a stir.

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