The results of the poll, conducted for the Louisiana Medical Society and PhRMA, had these surprising results:
Democrat Mitch Landrieu – 33%.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter – 25%.
Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne – 11%.
Republican Treasurer John Kennedy – 9%.
Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards – 8%.
Landrieu and Kennedy have not announced that they will be candidates for governor. Vitter, Dardenne, and Edwards have.
But Landrieu’s recent landslide re-election as mayor of the Big Easy has Democratic leaders licking their chops and hoping they can convince him to enter the governor’s race.
Some political analysts believe that Mitch will wait and see how his sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, does in her re-election bid this fall.
It appears that the Democrats are serious about taking back the governor’s office after eight years of Republican rule by Bobby Jindal.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently told several people involved in Democratic politics that he is giving serious consideration to running for governor in 2015.
Bucks, not Ducks
The unconventional sponsorship agreement the Independence Bowl signed with Duck Commander, as expected, is drawing criticism.
Sports fans are apparently having a hard time understanding how a sponsor is not putting up any money and is only lending its name to the bowl game when the previous sponsor ponied up $800,000.
To be sure, the agreement is a complicated one, and it remains to be seen if it will prove financially advantageous for the annual event.
But skepticism abounds about the deal. Some local observers wonder if the Independence Bowl officials got snookered by the business-wise Duck Commander clan and wonder who will benefit the most financially.
Some black leaders are up-in-arms over the bowl’s new sponsor because of negative comments Phil Robertson, the apparent patriarch of the family, made in a GQ Magazine article about blacks and civil rights.
And there are those who say if the sponsor gets all that publicity and doesn’t put up any real cash, why should taxpayers subsidize the bowl.
It is easy to speculate about the pros and cons of the sponsorship agreement. But only time will tell if this was a good deal or not.
Jindal flops at CPAC
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tirade at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about President Barack Obama being the worst president in his lifetime apparently didn’t help him much.
When the Straw Poll was taken at the end of the conference, Jindal came in tied for 10th place with 2% of the vote. Last year (2013), Jindal placed 8th and received 3% in the CPAC poll.
Here are the results of the 2,459 “conservatives” who voted in the poll:
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul – 31%.
Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz – 11%.
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson – 9%.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – 8%.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – 7%.
Former PA U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum – 7%.
Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio – 6%.
Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan – 3%.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry – 3%.
Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice – 2%