Crowded field of contenders likely for Cassidy's seat

Crowded field of contenders likely for Cassidy's seat




Now that Congressman Bill Cassidy has declared his intention to run for Senate, possible contenders for Cassidy's seat are mulling their options. State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, says he's "seriously considering it," but he's "focusing on the state's problems right now" in reference to the legislative session that starts Monday. Rep. Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge, also is considering a run, but similarly says if he runs he likely would wait until after the session to make the announcement. But Rep. Steve Carter, another Baton Rouge Republican who says he's been asked to consider the race, says he might make a decision as early as next week. With a crowded field expected, a candidate might need to declare early to be viable, Carter says. Former congressman Jeff Landry has been mentioned as a candidate if he doesn't run for Senate instead; a spokeswoman says Landry is out of the country and unavailable for comment today. Yet another Baton Rouge Republican legislator, Rep. Erich Ponti, has been quoted expressing interest, while East Baton Rouge School Board President David Tatman also says he's considering it. "It will certainly be a Republican winner in that one," says UL-Lafayette political scientist Pearson Cross, noting that the redrawn District 6 has fewer Democrats than before. "It's going to be a question of who's ready for prime time, and who can get their funding sources together." —David Jacobs



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