With important federal fall elections approaching, the state Republican Party on Saturday sidestepped the controversial issue of candidate endorsements and refused to consider a “party unity” resolution.
The party executive committee’s June endorsement U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s bid to unseat Democratic U.S.
Sen. Mary Landrieu irked some supporters of retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a tea party favorite from Madisonville.
The Cassidy backing prompted a proposed endorsement rule change under which candidate endorsements would have to come from the 200-member Republican State Central Committee — the party’s elected ruling body — after candidate qualifying. But the proposal got bottled up by the party’s rules committee.
“We are in agreement on one thing. We need endorsement rules,” said Scott Wilfong, rules committee chairman.