Skip to comments.Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat
Posted on 12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST by Impy
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.
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Boustany showed himself to be a weasel by supporting a democrat congressional map that would have been good for him but could have given them a second seat.
I wonder if maybe democrats put Boustany over the top. I hate hate hate the stupid jungle primaries in Louisiana.
Oh well, Landry for SENATE 2014!
Lame but expected. Landry for Senate.
Umm...aren't you supposed to blame Karl Rove every time this happens?
Jeff Landry probably can’t win anything again. People in LA are fearful of those with the “straight talk.”
Straight tea party talk = no more sugar subsidies which is sure death to a LA pol.
The RINO-Dem calition strikes again
Landry lost this race the minute Boustany convinced the GOP legislature to place the Cajun counties of Terrenonne and Lafourche (which were in Landry’s LA-03) in the heavily Republican, New-Orleans-suburban LA-01 and keep the Protestant Lake Charles area in Boustany’s CD instead of placing it in the underpopulated LA-04 (based in Lafayette), where it belonged. Boustany’s selfishness also resulted in the LA-04 being less comfortably Republican than would have been the case and the LA-05 having to go all the way into the Florida Parishes.
Unfortunately so. Still, I think Landry should take a run for the Senate.
I hope that Buddy Roemer will run for the U.S. Senate, in 2014. He has higher name recognition, since he was a governor and ran for president. If that state has an open U.S. Senate race, in 2016, Gov. Jindal should run.
I am inclined to dismiss Roemer out of hand. His fetish for not raising money is a non-starter. And I question his name recognition, he was Governor a long time ago and his White House run was small and barely noticed, he got 1% in the LA primary.
Roemer is as big a heavyweight in LA politics today as Michael Patrick Flanagan is in IL.
Simply put, Roemer is pro-abort and hasn’t won office since 1987.
“Roemer is pro-abort”
He is? What a loser.
He also ended up endorsing Gary Johnson.
Gov. Roemer isn’t pro-aborton. In June 2011, I called him, and I asked him his abortion views. He said, “I think that life begins at conception and that our goverment should ensure that we protect the lives of unborn babies.”
Doesn’t jibe with his record, Phil. He vetoed two anti-abortion bills in his last full year in the Governorship that were overridden by a then-heavily Dem legislature. It played more than a minor role in his defeat for reelection.
Still, I have to wonder why you’re so hung up on this guy, Phil. To run him for Senator in 2014 is absurd, as he will be 71. Tommy Thompson ought to be the example of why we shouldn’t be running anyone over the age of 65 (or maybe even 60) to be a freshman Senator. We should get behind folks like Jeff Landry, who will be a spritely 44 at the start of the January 2015 session (which was the same age when Roemer won the Governorship, 25 years ago).
“his White House run was small and barely noticed, he got 1% in the LA primary”
How could that be possible? The GOP establishment in PR, from Governor Fortuño on down, was 100% behind Romney, and Romney’s list of delegates included the Senate president, the Speaker of the House, the Mayor of San Juan, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, etc., while the Santorum delegates included the likes of me. Well, political leaders down to the ward level had been instructed to tell people that they had to vote for Romney (which is why he beat out Santorum by like 85% to 8%), but I don’t think they did a very good job with a couple of thousand of voters, since they looked at the ballot, saw the name Buddy Roemer listed first (the order is randomly selected, and candidates appear from left to right on the top of the page), and thought “that must be the Romney guy I have to vote for” and marked an X under Roemer. This was particularly embarrassing given that (i) there were no delegates listed under Roemer’s name, while all those bigshots were listed under Romney’s name and (ii) there was a freaking picture of each candidate above his name. Here’s the ballot: http://126.96.36.199/Primarias2012Rep/docs/PapeletaModelo.pdf
At the risk of being called an apostate, I would posit that Congressman Landry is too green and unknown to be an optimal challenger to Senator Landrieu. I think that, unless Governor Jindal runs (which I hope he does but am not that optimistic that he will), the Republican with the best chance of beating Landrieu both in Protestant North Louisiana and in Cajun Country (the two swingiest areas in LA) is the much-derided Congressman Charles Boustany, who is a Protestant from Lafayette and by 2014 would have represented a Cajun-majority congressional district for a decade. Boustany’s voting record is far from perfect, but mostly conservative (as are almost all of his policy positions), and if he runs for the Senate it would allow Landry to return to the House and continue to build his résumé and political skills.
Flame away. : )
Roemer was a governor more than 20 years ago. That’s enough time for him to change his mind. He told me that he’s pro-life, so I believe him.
Which is why he should stay retired, IMO. I don't know why Phil is so hung up on running him for office again. Roemer might be a nice guy and have a fairly decent conservative platform but he's proven to be a bust at making a political comeback. Sort of 2012's answer to Mike Gravel in the 2008 contest.
After Boustany’s selfish ass-saving stunt on redistricting, he deserves no such promotion. Landry is exactly the kind of person we need in the Senate.
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