The members of four political action committees (PACs) affiliated with LABI have spent the past several months interviewing candidates across the state for a variety of offices, asking tough questions about the future of Louisiana and debating the policy positions and merits of each candidate. For the first time in history, these members met with each of the major candidates for statewide elected office, as well, and the discussion was enlightening. All major candidates accepted the invitation, except for Governor Edwards who chose not to participate.
As a result of these interviews and debates, the four LABI regional PACs announced endorsements for each statewide elected office, the Supreme Court seat, and most races for the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Additionally, more than 60 legislative candidates have received LABI’s support with roughly another 20 endorsements still to come.
The LABI PACs’ decision to co-endorse Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone in the governor’s race has generated the most interest. Supporting two candidates in the same race is rare, especially for LABI. In this instance, the decision represents a clear perspective from the members of the four distinct PAC boards that they are united in their belief Louisiana needs a new leader.