Sunday, October 20, 2013

LA Political Notes: Guillory’s Cryptic Facebook Post; Jindal’s New PAC; Two R’s In Congressional Runoff



After last week’s Federal government shutdown ended, State Senator Elbert Guillory sent out a very cryptic Facebook post.

Guillory, a State Senator from Acadiana whose popularity soared earlier this year after he switched back to the Republican Party, has been the subject of rumors over what his next political job will be. Speculation has run the gamut from a face-off next year against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (and Congressman Bill Cassidy and darkhorse Rob Maness) to a Lt. Governor run in 2015. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser (R) has already declared his intention to run for the Lt. Governor seat.

Guillory’s Facebook post and video implies that he is leaning towards the U.S. Senate.

“In 2014, you and I will have a rendezvous with destiny. No more kicking the can down the road” a reference to the Congress pushing back the dates again for another budget battle.

Guillory, along with current Lt. Governor (and Gubernatorial candidate) Jay Dardenne, will be the featured speakers at a Republican dinner Wednesday, October 30th at Five Happiness in New Orleans. The dinner is $26. To RSVP, contact estoner@cox.net.

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It’s seems like it’s all the rage to form a PAC these days. In fact, Steve Kroft at 60 Minutes ran a report about PAC and campaign finance abuse and candidates using their campaign funds to enhance their lifestyle (NOTE: I need to tell Steve about our very own Ben Zahn and his epic eating and gift card purchases with campaign money).

60 Minutes profiled several Congressmen and Senators who have used their PACs for golf outings, trips to Scotland, and putting their family members on the payroll (Louisiana’s own newly retired Rodney Alexander).

Senator David Vittter has a PAC. Several Congressmen too. A month or so ago, State Senator Elbert Guillory formed a PAC himself. Vitter has tried unsuccessfully to get a bill passed that would eliminate PACs from hiring family members.


Jindal’s PAC is a “conservative policy group” that will “focus on winning a war of ideas.”
It is not known if Jindal will use American Next to further his own political agenda and nationwide tour, or use it to help finance the campaigns of others.

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The primary to fill the remaining year of former U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander was won by two Republicans. Alexander is now working in the Jindal Administration after his abrupt resignation from Congress.

State Senator Neil Riser from Columbia and Monroe businessman Vance McAllister, led a 14-person field in Saturday’s primary. The two will face off against each other November 16th.

Riser received 32% of the vote while newcomer McAllister had 18%. Riser was supported by Governor Jindal, Alexander and many in the Republican Party.

Curiously, in this heavily Democratic district, the top Democrat, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo finished 3rd with 15%, followed by Public Service Commissioner (and former Congressman) Clyde Holloway with 11%.
Four Democrats received just under 30% of the vote, while 5 Republicans captured 68%. Overall turnout was 21.5%.

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