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Louisiana Elections: Roemer, Jindal, Georges, Statewide Races

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John GeorgesLeap of faith?

    Without much national fanfare, Louisiana’s Buddy Roemer, born in Shreveport and raised in Bossier City, leaped into the race for the Republican nomination for president of the United States this past week.
    Roemer, former congressman from Louisiana’s 4th District from 1980-88 and former governor from 1988-92, made his official announcement before a small crowd on the campus of Dartmouth University.

    Roemer did get some coverage from Fox News, but was pretty much ignored by other media outlets.  He plans to live in New Hampshire through September in an effort to do well in that state’s Republican preferential primary.
    Vowing not to accept more than $100 in contributions from an individual or PAC, Roemer has hired a campaign manager.  He is Carlos Sierra,  formerly with the presidential campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain, in which Roemer participated.
    Sources report that he has also hired a press secretary, but the individual’s name has not been released.
    Roemer’s goal is to get on the next national debate on Fox News on August 11 so he can get some much-needed national exposure.

Update on state races
    John Georges, the wealthy Jefferson Parish businessman, has members of the media and veteran politicos in a tizzy.  In April, he deposited $10.1 million into a campaign account for a possible run for “any statewide office.”
    In an interview posted on the newspaper website acadiaparishtoday, Georges, a Democrat, said he is considering a run for governor this fall against incumbent Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.
    He said he is more concerned about the state today than he was when he ran for governor four years ago, adding that Louisianians are worried about their jobs and feel that the politicians don’t care about them.
    “Whether I run now or in four years depends upon whether the voters like the job Governor Jindal is doing.  If it’s clear they are happy with him, there is no point, but if, as the time for qualifying approaches, they seem like they want some alternatives, then I will see if what I have to offer matches what they’re looking for and decide,” he told the Acadia newspaper.
    In the interview, Georges did not rule out any other statewide office, also showing some interest in the lieutenant governor’s office.
    It’s likely no one will know for sure what Georges is going to do until qualifying, which is September 6-8.                    
    The Louisiana Democratic Party would probably like to have Georges run against Jindal, who has well over $8 million in his campaign fund.
    In the meantime, the party continues to court state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, a Democrat from Livonia in Pointe Coupee Parish, hoping he will decide to take on Jindal and at least give the Democrats a presence.
Dardenne pads campaign fund
    Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne reports that he now has just under $530,00 in his campaign fund as a result of recent fundraising efforts.
    At the end of the last reporting period, which was April 15, Dardenne had $191,581 on hand.
    His opponent, Republican Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, reported that he had $875,000 in his campaign fund. Of that total, $500,000 was Nungesser’s own money.

More trouble for Schedler?
    The road to re-election for interim Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler seems to be getting more bumpy as time passes.
    He already has two declared candidates – Democrat Caroline Fayard of New Orleans and Democrat-turned Republican state Rep. Walker Hines of New Orleans.
    But two more prominent potential candidates are giving the race consideration– Republican Speaker of  the House Jim Tucker of Terrytown in Jefferson Parish, who represents Orleans and Jefferson parishes in the Legislature; and Scott Angelle, originally from Breaux Bridge, who is Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
    Angelle, a Democrat who switched to the Republican Party on Oct. 26, 2010, also served as interim lieutenant governor – appointed by Jindal –  from May 17 to November 22, 2010.
AG Caldwell in Shreveport
    Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who is seeking a second four-year term this fall, will be in Shreveport on Thursday, August 4, for a fundraiser at Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant.
    The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be served.  The price tag is $250 per couple.  For more info, call 318-376-3319 or 337-278-7973.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

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