Kyle Green, who is running for state representative from the Marrero area, has come under fire from two legislators and a leading advocate for stronger domestic violence laws in connection with accusations that his wife lodged against him a year ago for allegedly hitting, kicking and choking her. She later dropped those charges and the couple has reconciled.
Green is running for state rep in House District 83, which covers parts of the West Bank, against veteran incumbent Rep. Robert Billiot. Both men are Democrats.
Court records show that Caina and Kyle Green filed protective orders against each other last autumn. Kyle Green also filed a petition for divorce, but all of that subsequently went away.
The alleged incidents of domestic abuse have become a hot-button issue in Green’s race against Billiot. When The Times-Picayune published a story about the accusations, Green did not deny them but instead called them allegations made in the heat of anger. He told the paper that Billiot was behind the recent attention — a charge Billiot denies. “I hope voters can see these attacks for what they are,” Green told the TP. “Shame on him.”
Caina Green defended her husband in the same newspaper story, saying the couple sought “professional and spiritual guidance” that strengthened their marriage. “We are committed to each other, we are committed to this family and we are committed to serving the community,” she told the TP.
State Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, and state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, have both emailed statements warning voters against electing Green. Moreno and Morrell led the fight in recent legislative sessions to strengthen Louisiana’s domestic violence laws.
“After reading Mr. Green's flippant dismissal of numerous retraining orders for domestic violence as a ‘disagreement’ with his spouse, I was stunned,” Morrell said. “Either Mr. Green did assault his wife or they both filed frivolous domestic violence claims, abusing an already taxed and overloaded criminal justice system in a state that leads the nation in domestic violence, where victims face apathy and skepticism from law enforcement. Under Mr. Green’s assertion of the facts, he perpetuated the type of behavior that hurts domestic violence victims across the state.”
Moreno noted the “major strides” that Louisiana has made toward preventing domestic violence and added, “We must also continue to work to change the way of thinking surrounding family violence. It is never OK. That’s why electing Kyle Green to the Legislature sends a horrible message that violence against your spouse is something that should just be overlooked and dismissed. It’s a significant step backwards. We need legislators at the Capitol who will work to protect women, not have a history of hurting them.”
Mary Claire Landry, executive director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center, also weighed in.
“The public and our institutions should be aware and cautious of people seeking any type of political, criminal justice or law enforcement positions with this type of history,” Landry said. “The use of power and control is usually evident in relationships [with] documented histories of protective orders, criminal charges or calls to 911, even if the charges are dismissed or downgraded.”
Green could not be reached for comment. His campaign website does not list a phone number. The election is this Saturday, Oct. 24.