Friday, 06 November 2015 11:07
WGSO: LAGOP Chair, Roger Villere talks Newell Normand-Vitter, candidates, party endorsements
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normandRoger Villere, the Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party spoke with WGSO Jeff Crouere, Wednesday morning and discussed various issues relevant to the party.

In part two of the interview, he fielded a call regarding David Vitter’s reported difficulty in getting along and his willingness to be independent like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

A caller spoke out about the strained relationship between Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and Vitter.

In response to that call, Crouere asked

Q:  That is a Republican elected official now who is not endorsing the Republican candidate for governor

Villere’s response was:

A: Well, you know, every official makes their own decision on what they going to do, obviously we would like everyone, you know, endorse the party’s candidate, but that's not always what happens. I think we're working hard to get everyone working together--and our job is to bring as many people together to win this race as we can and we're working extremely hard to do that, and we would hope that all our Republican elected officials would support the Republican nominee, and that's what we work hard, but it's a very diverse party, we bring people from all over and it has to be, if you make it narrow, you don't grow by subtraction, to grow by addition, but you need diverse people involved in the party

In a response to another call, Villere discussed the procedure and rules that allow the party to endorse a candidate prior to qualifying, which occurred last year in the US Senate race and this year in the Attorney General race, in which the party has backed Jeff Landry over incumbent Buddy Caldwell.

 

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