Duck disrupts Aderholt news conference

Wednesday, October 18th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

HUFFMAN, Ala. (AP) _ A protester dressed in a duck costume disrupted a press conference by U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, who is seeking re-election in Alabama's 4th District.

The man waved a sign asking ``Where's Robert'' during a news conference Tuesday featuring U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Oklahoma.

Employees of the Parkway Christian Academy, where the conference was held, chased the man across the street and snatched away his sign.

Wade Perry, a spokesman for Aderholt's Democratic challenger, Marsha Folsom, said Aderholt is trying to duck proposed debates. Phillip Kinney, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, took responsibility for the stunt.

Watts was at the press conference to defend Aderholt's opposition to gambling in response to Folsom's ads charging he voted to expand betting on the Internet.

Aderholt later dismissed the stunt as ``campaign tactics.''

``We were here to talk about a very serious issue,'' he said. ``That's probably beneath a congressional candidate to do a ploy like that.''

Aderholt denied ducking debates.

Both candidates have agreed to appear at a Christian Coalition candidate's forum, but the date, time and format of the event have not yet been set.