Monday, 10 September 2012 12:43

Louisiana Politics: Roemer rails, Roy rolls, Jindal's dance, LaGOP crows

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lagop logo new 600 stripesThe latest in Louisiana politics today--Republican's gleeful over a switch; PSC candidate drops out; Jindal and other Louisina elected officials doing the Hurricane Isaac two-step; Buddy Roemer at LSU.


Greater New Orleans Republicans endorsement

The Greater New Orleans Republicans (GNOR) announce endorsements in the Nov. 6th, 2012 elections.

Mitt Romney – President of the United States

Steve Scalise - 1st Congressional District

Bill Cassidy - 6th Congressional District

Tracey Flemings Davillier – Judge, Criminal District Court, Section B

Edward Markle – Judge, Orleans Parish 2nd City Court

Ira Thomas - School Board District 1

Brett Bonin - School Board District 3

Endorsed candidates are permitted to use the GNOR name and logo on their campaign materials.

Additional endorsements will be released September 20th, 2012.

GOP Straw

The Louisiana Republican Party is claiming a local victory of sorts and is using it to build support for Mitt Romney who probably needs  little help from the party at all as Louisiana is the reddest of red states.  The announcement cited the conversion of “Hal McMillin,  press release announcing 4-term Calcasieu Parish Police Juror and former City Councilman, swapped the “D” that had been behind his name since he was eighteen for an “R,” as he switched to the Republican Party.

While many politicians have made party switching a political maneuver to garner votes, Hal McMillin says it was the realization that “the Democratic Party of today does not represent the moral or political values that I hold true.”

McMillin says the final straw that led him to switch parties was former President Bill Clinton’s speech on Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention and the events that transpired that day.”

Louisiana politics walks in strange ways in the middle of a very combative election season and hurricane season.  Although the below focuses upon Governor Bobby Jindal, it is not just the governor who is in a pinch.

"Louisiana’s political leaders have been walking that tightrope since Hurricane Isaac swamped thousands of homes in floodwaters, forced evacuations from rooftops and exposed new vulnerabilities in the state’s storm protection systems.

The most difficult maneuvering falls on Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who needs help from the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama even as he wants to oust him from office. But it’s also been thorny for other state leaders.

Both Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney dropped into Louisiana to view the damage personally, a lesson clearly learned after former President George W. Bush’s much-ridiculed fly-by of Hurricane Katrina’s catastrophe.

Jindal insisted he was staying focused on Isaac’s aftermath during both men’s visits.

“We’re not talking politics,” he said. “That’s not the right time to do that. We’re solely focused on the hurricane and the response.”

But it was clear the visits were tinged with political wrangling and concerns about image and messages."

Roemer at LSU

Bob Mann has announced on Facebook that former Governor Buddy Roemer will be speaking at LSU.  Roemer was a candidate for President.  He has recently made appearances on MSNBC. 

Bob Mann

The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU's Manship School will be hosting former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Journalism Building. Gov. Roemer ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. His remarks are open to students across LSU, as well as the general public. Please come and hear his thoughts about the direction of the country, the current state of the presidential race, and gain some insight into what it's like running for president.

Republican businessman Ed Roy of Lafayette has withdrawn from the race for the Public Service Commission, District 2.  Roy filed his notice of withdrawal at the Secretary of State Office in Baton Rouge on Friday, September 7th, the last day to withdraw.  Roy cited difficulty raising the necessary funds as his reason for withdrawing.


On Friday, the Public Service Commission Race, District 2 lost one of its contenders.

Ed Roy of Lafayette emailed his withdrawal announcement citing the inability to raise necessary funds.

His email said:

“It is with sincere regret that I withdraw from the race for the Public Service Commission, District 2” said Ed Roy.  “Despite my strong belief that I would serve the people of Louisiana well on the Commission, the campaign has been unable to raise the funds necessary to be competitive in the race” Roy said.  “I am deeply grateful to Paul Hilliard, and the more than 160 individuals and businesses who contributed to the campaign” Roy continued.   “We’ve been working hard for the last six months, but it just hasn’t happened. As a result, I will need to find a different way to serve our State” Roy concluded. 

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