State politics big this year

March 07, 2014 at 9:23 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Politics is getting heavy in Louisiana as we approach coming elections for governor, U.S. senator and several U.S. representatives. As the months roll on, we will get embroiled in what our next officials should do and not do in running our local, state and federal governments in the future.

Already making a lot of noise as a possible next-governor is David Vitter who has entered into the race. Giving up his seat as one of the two U. S. Senators from Louisiana to seek the post undoubtedly means he is optimistic about his possibility of success.

Of course, there are other hopefuls who have either declared or expressed optimism about the job. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardene has declared his intentions to seek the position which somewhat means he is committed to the race. Louisiana’s Treasury Secretary John Kennedy has also indicated an interest in seeking the job.

Now we have just learned that John Georges is mulling running for the position. He is the new owner of the Baton Rouge, Crescent City and Acadiana Morning Advocate, which recently spread its wings across southeast Louisiana when the New Orleans Times Picayune cut its daily publication from daily to three days a week.

Running for re-election to her U.S. Senator post from Louisiana is Mary Landrieu, of course, and she is being opposed for her present position by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy from District 6, which includes part of St. Charles Parish. Considering entering the race to replace him in District 6 is none other than ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards.

We also just learned that former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry will seek to replace Buddy Caldwell as state attorney general next year. Landry has been very popular in political circles, but lost his representative seat when his district was reapportioned recently. Now he is ready to get back into the fray and, if he is successful as attorney general, will undoubtedly be looking at higher-up jobs in state and federal government.

There will be many more in Louisiana looking for political jobs high and low on the political ladder and we can take advantage of the opportunity to study their qualifications and make accurate decisions on whether or not they should succeed. After all, that is what democracy is supposed to be about.

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