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Would-be governors lie in wait

Allen Lottinger -   Nov 17, 2011

The word is out - Gov. Bobby Jindal will run for a third term. So watch out, Dardene, Vitter and Kennedy.

Of course our governor canít do it for eight years unless the law is changed to allow three consecutive terms for governor. At the present time, a governor cannot serve for more than two consecutive terms without a four-year interruption.

But Jindal will probably change his mind about wanting a third term if he has a chance to become president or vice president or maybe even senator. So who will our next governor be?

At the present time, chances are it would be Lt. Gov. Jay Dardene or Sen. David Vitter. Treasurer John Kennedy is taking a low profile on the matter but it certainly appears that if he had the chance of winning, he would take it.

And Kennedy could make a very effective governor. He is knowledgeable on almost all of the subjects that confront our governor.

As for Sen. David Vitter, one wonders why he would want to pursue the office. He seems to be pretty safe in his present position which has no limitations on re-election. But commentators and writers have drawn the conclusion that the interest is there.

As for Dardene, it is obvious that he would want to climb the latter from lieutenant governor to governor. It is, after all, a direct promotion in a somewhat same line of duty. And if Jindal did skip town to become President or Vice President before his term is over, his job would belong to Dardene without bothering about an electoral count.

The future of Louisiana seems to be in pretty good hands. Jindal is no slouch in his performance, for sure, and the other three have good credentials with them.

Another possibility for seeking the office is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who certainly is interested in the position.

But his hands are so full right now with his big city problems that he probably has not had much time to think about it or set the wheels into motion for it to happen.

So the political future of Louisiana is a big question mark at the present time. No telling who will appear and disappear before the next election for governor arrives in four years.

Obama, Romney turn attention to each other

Meanwhile, on the national scene, it appears more and more likely that the Presidential election next year will be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That indication comes from Obama himself whose campaign forces donít hesitate to tackle Romneyís statements during the Republican debates. And Romney has spent more time criticizing what Obama has done than what his opponents for the nomination have put out.

Actually, Romney has become nice to his Republican opponents, doing helpful things such as his attempt to give Gov. Rick Perry some information his memory did not allow him to retrieve during the last debate. Maybe he wants their assistance after he wins the nomination.

But in the last poll, Herman Cain was still in the lead for the Republican nomination by one percentage point. And Newt Gingrich has come up to only three points below after being considered just about out of the race. In between are Rep. Ron Paul and Romney.

The action never ends in political America. And, for sure, it will get increasingly heavy between now and election time in another year. Ready?

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