Posts Tagged 'Bill Cassidy'

First Boo-Boo of Calongne’s Senate Race

For those of you living in the State Senate District 16, I hope you’re all aware of the upcoming special election to fill now-Congressman Bill Cassidy’s seat.  The primary is scheduled for March 7th.  3 Republican candidates have qualified: local business-woman Laurinda Calongne, who lost the special election primary for Congress against Woody Jenkins last year; Dan Claitor, who lost the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s race in the past election; and political new-comer Lee Domingue, a local businessman. 

Calongne launched her campaign website after qualifying, and has since re-done the layout.  However, still at the time of this writing, there are already several of what commentators are now calling “missteps” of her campaign.

Most notably…

  • Calongne seemingly takes a jab at her opponents’ donors, particularly those of Lee Domingue, by stating that “Her campaign isn’t financed by the politically powerful.”  However, many 0f these same donors supported Calongne in her run for Congress.  Is it only okay to have the backing of the “politically powerful” when they’re supporting Calongne?
  • Calongne’swebsite is filled with statements about how her campaign won’t be based on the “same old tired political rhetoric.”  However, Calongne has yet to present what the platform of her campaign even is.  At the time of this writing, her “Issues” section under her website even says: “Starting next week Laurinda will address an important issue and potential solutions.”  An important issue?  Like, there’s only one?

After an evaluation of all the candidates in the race, it is abundantly clear to us that Lee Domingue is the best man for the job.  Lee is a Conservative with the vision, the purpose, and the support this district needs to accomplish great things for our state.  You can read a lot about him and his multiple issues at his incredibly well-done website.  If you’re on Facebook, join his group.  Let’s hop on the Domingue train, and get this election won.

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And now for the exciting stuff…

Campaign season!  Woohoo.  We have quite a few high-profile races coming up this fall, but the one I’ve been focusing more intently on is the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional district.  Most of us remember former Congressman Richard Baker taking a new job in February and leaving the seat open.  During the special election, former state legislator Woody Jenkins won the Republican primary over Baton Rouge businesswoman Laurinda Calogne.  Woody then went on to lose the general election to Don Cazayoux, the first Democrat to take that seat in 30-something years.

And now, in just a few months, we’ll have the same election to fill the next full 2-year term.  Cazayoux will, of course, run again, and State Senator Bill Cassidy has also qualified to run as a Republican.  The big question, then, was “Will Woody run again?”  Thankfully, the answer is no.  The Advocate reported today that Jenkins has decided not to run for the sake of “party unity”.  We commend and appreciate Mr. Jenkins for making the decision to step down from this race.

As for us, we’ll be supporting Dr. Bill Cassidy for Congress this fall.  Dr. Cassidy is an extraordinary man who has served communities in Baton Rouge and Louisiana for years.  He has an impeccable record in the state legislature, and has been endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal.  Check out his website to learn more about him and the issues he stands for.

We look forward to a great race in Baton Rouge this fall, and to covering all the campaign news around the state.

 

Excited,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger