Tuesday, 19 July 2011 18:05

Louisiana Elections: From Governor Jindal To Secretary of State Races

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dardenne-nungesserWhat is the status of Louisiana elections 2011? Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net opines about the Goveror's,  Lt. Governor's and Secretary of State races:

The governor’s race
    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal will be seeking a second term as Louisiana’s top office holder.  So far, a return trip back to the governor’s mansion seems pretty smooth.  But there are some rumblings out there on the political horizon.
    Already, Tara Hollis, a Democrat and educator from Haynesville in Claiborne Parish, has announced  her candidacy.  And she seems to be serious about it.
    She has embarked on a statewide “listening tour,” to get the pulse of Louisiana voters.  She said she plans to meet with all of the state’s living ex-governors – Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer, Mike Foster, and Kathleen Blanco.
    Additionally, she plans to sit down with the major public affairs organizations in the state, including PAR, LABI, and Blueprint Louisiana, as well as key state legislators.
    Hollis said, “I supported Bobby Jindal in 2007, was in favor of his agenda, and saw how much quality thinking is out there about the future of our state.  It is pretty clear that his reform agenda has been abandoned due to his national ambitions.”
    The Louisiana Democratic Party probably didn’t like hearing that Hollis supported Jindal in 2007.  They have been cool to Hollis’ candidacy so far and are looking for a candidate with more name recognition – and more money – to challenge Jindal.
    Party leaders are urging state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, to jump into the governor’s race.  He represents Senate District 17, which includes all or portions of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, and West Baton Rouge parishes.
    That’s a pretty good base from which to begin a statewide race.  Marionneaux said he is also getting a lot of encouragement from the New Orleans business community to run.
    The latest statewide poll showed Jindal’s approval rating at 55%, but 39% of those polled said they would not vote to re-elect him.
    Marionneaux, therefore, believes he would start out with about 40% of the vote.  He told the portsouth.com website that he doesn’t believe Jindal’s lead is insurmountable and that he has always liked a challenge. Part of that challenge would undoubtedly be trying to compete with the $10 million Jindal has in his campaign fund.
    Marionneaux has $209,911 in his campaign fund.

Money matters
     Here is a quick look at campaign finance amounts in some other statewide races, according to the latest reports filed:
Lieutenant Governor’s Race
    Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has $191,581 in his campaign fund as he seeks a full term in the state’s number two office.  He won a special election to fill the office when Democrat Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans.
    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, a Republican who has announced the will oppose Dardenne, has $674,374 in his campaign fund.  He has put $500,000 of his own money into the race.
Secretary of State’s Race
    Republican incumbent Tom Schedler, who will be seeking a full term, has $140,682 on hand.  He became Secretary of State when Jay Dardenne became  lieutenant governor.
    Republican state Rep. Walker Hines of New Orleans has announced he is running since he is term-limited in his state legislative seat.  He has $165,216 in his campaign fund.
    Democrat Caroline Fayard of New Orleans, who lost to Dardenne for lieutenant governor, has declared for the Secretary of State’s seat.  She has $13,381 in her campaign fund.  But don’t let that fool you.  That total could mushroom in the blink of eye because of Fayard’s – and her family’s –personal wealth.

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