Incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, under siege from his current party and facing skeptical voters, has been forced to resort to name-calling and outright falsehoods. Ranting to reporters last week, he went so far as to claim that his four challengers have tried a single case in court between them. Panicking in response to challenges on all sides, the state’s top lawyer showed a willful disregard for the facts on record.
Caldwell’s lazy smears are beyond inaccurate in this instance, and offer particular insult to Geri Broussard Baloney, who has prosecuted hundreds of civil and criminal cases over the last twenty years, including several in federal court. Caldwell’s willful ignorance of Baloney’s record and characteristic befuddlement regarding the facts display a disdain for his opponent, for his constituency, and for basic integrity. While Caldwell’s widely-reviled “Buddy system” of nepotism and playing favorites failed to win him the endorsement of the state GOP, Louisiana Democrats have rallied behind Baloney as a woman of integrity and accomplishment.
“Louisiana deserves an Attorney General with the capacity to judge people and cases on their merits, not political expediency,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Geri Broussard Baloney has the proven experience and the integrity to get the Attorney General’s office back to basics, and to put people ahead of politicians for a change.”
PACs Endorse Legislative Candidates
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, ABC Merit PAC, the political action committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors New Orleans/Bayou Chapter, and ABC Pelican PAC, the political action committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter, announced several endorsements for the 2015 fall Legislative elections.
The ABC Merit PAC and ABC Pelican PAC support candidates for elective state or local office within the state of Louisiana who embrace the basic principles of our American system of government, the free enterprise system and the merit shop philosophy. The purpose of the ABC PACs is to support candidates who have committed to fight for a more prosperous economy and a higher standard of living for the people of Louisiana through the growth of a vibrant merit shop construction industry within the State; candidates that will leverage Louisiana’s unique advantages to raise families and gain positive returns on business opportunities.
Multiple factors were used during the candidate evaluation process which led to the endorsement of the following candidates:
- Representative Alan Seabaugh (R - Shreveport, House District 05)
- John Stephens (R - Jena, House District 22)
- Representative Nancy Landry (R - Lafayette, House District 31)
- Llewellyn “Biscuit” Smith (R - Deridder, House District 32)
- Julie Emerson (R - Carencro, House District 39) P
- Representative Blake Miguez (R - Erath, House District 49)
- Beryl Amedee (R - Gray, House District 51)
- Representative Lenar Whitney (R - Houma, House District 53)
- Tony Bacala (R - Gonzales, House District 59)
- Representative Steve Carter (R - Baton Rouge, House District 68)
- Paula Davis (R - Baton Rouge, House District 69)
- Ryan Heck (R - Baton Rouge, House District 69)
- Hunter Carter (D - Greensburg, House District 72)
- Representative Nick Lorusso (R - New Orleans, House District 94)
- Representative Ray Garofalo (R - Chalmette, House District 103)
- Representative Chris Leopold (R - Port Sulphur, House District 105)
- Senator Conrad Appel (R - Metairie, Senate District 9)
- Beth Mizell (R - Franklinton, Senate District 12)
- Representative Dalton Honore (D - Baton Rouge, Senate District 15)
- Scott McKnight (R - Baton Rouge, Senate District 16)
- Senator Norby Chabert (R - Houma, Senate District 20)
- Joshua Dara (D - Marksville, Senate District 29)
- Representative Henry Burns (R - Haughton, Senate District 36)
- Senator Mike Walsworth (R - West Monroe, Senate District 33)
TWEETS OF THE DAY
Jeb’s plan and Obamacare are both new federal entitlement programs. pic.twitter.com/kvTCW31UXg— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) October 13, 2015