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Louisiana Republicans give Edwards another gift with Speaker Schexnayder

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has had a very fortunate political career. In 2015, he was elected because many Republicans refused to support his GOP opponent, then U.S. Senator David Vitter. Last November, his narrow victory occurred because a significant number of Republican voters abandoned the GOP candidate, businessman Eddie Rispone, to support his re-election.

This week, he scored another victory as his preferred candidate for House Speaker, Representative Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) was elected by a Republican-controlled legislature. Schexnayder defeated a more conservative opponent, Representative Sherman Mack (R-Albany) by a healthy 60-45 margin.

 Edwards called the election a victory over “partisan rancor.” Whenever Republicans try to promote conservative policies or elect conservative leaders, the Governor criticizes it as “partisan rancor.”

Of course, Edwards does not like to emphasize his liberal political views, often masquerading as a moderate to conservative Democrat. His only “conservative” positions involve abortion and the Second Amendment. Other than those two issues, he is a tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.

At his victory party in November, his true political standing was easily apparent. On stage with Edwards was the progressive Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell. Speaking at the event was leftist U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans). Next to Edwards, Cantrell and Richmond are the most prominent Democrats in Louisiana. All three Democrats support a party that has a platform that is an affront to most Louisiana voters.

Throughout his career, Edwards has consistently hidden his Democratic Party beliefs. His statewide victories were achieved because many voters were fooled that he was a real conservative Democrat.

In his second term, the real liberal agenda of Edwards will surface. He will be auditioning for a role in the next presidential administration. In fact, some political analysts even believe that Edwards has national political ambitions.

Over the months ahead, it will be interesting to see if the Republicans who have a “supermajority” in the State Senate and a strong majority in the House of Representatives work with the Governor or oppose his liberal agenda.

Certainly, Edwards will oppose true fiscal and tax reform initiatives. He will oppose any efforts to rein in the cost of state government. He will try to push for more spending, higher taxes and an increase in the minimum wage, which will only lead to the loss of more jobs in the state.

Legislative Republicans need to outline a true-conservative-agenda that is pro-business and pro-jobs. Otherwise, Republican control of the Louisiana Legislature means absolutely nothing to the voters who elected them. Unless they start opposing the Governor, their supporters will start believing they were sold a political bill of goods.

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award-winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]

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Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]

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