LaPolitics by Maginnis: Calcasieu GOP endorsement of Landry causes stir
If endorsements were votes, Congressman Jeff Landry would have fellow Republican Congressman Charles Boustany on the ropes by now. Turning heads again in the 3rd District this week was Landry's snaring of an endorsement from the Calcasieu Parish Republican Executive Committee, in what is considered Boustany territory. The elected group's choice caused a stir among local Republicans, according to elected officials, most of whom back Boustany. "There are some very upset Republicans," says Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur. "This has caused a real rift in Calcasieu."
—Following his coveted endorsement by LABI, District Judge William Morvant's campaign for Supreme Court is reaching out to the business community statewide. LABI Political Director Ginger Sawyer describes ticket sales as "brisk" for the Morvant fundraiser at Juban's in Baton Rouge on Tuesday; a previously planned event was postponed by Hurricane Isaac. Obtaining a statewide funding advantage would be critical in the eight-parish district race, where the campaigns of six sitting judges—four appellate and two district—and two other lawyers are straining the resources of the local bar.
They said it: "Most of those people can't find Central with a GPS and hunting dogs." —Pollster Bernie Pinsonat on the "downtown crowd's" attitude toward the growing northeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish
(John Maginnis publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com.)
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