LaPolitics: Holloway splashes on 5th District race


    In his 10th race for Congress, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway draws the largest question mark in the field of 14 candidates for the 5th Congressional District. Will he mount a forceful campaign to overcome concerns about his age? Can he raise the money to match some well-heeled competitors, given that federal rules bar donations from the many corporations he regulates?

    Geographically, Holloway most hurts Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Marksville, thus improving Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo’s chances of making a runoff. Among Republicans, Holloway of Rapides Parish has a southern base to Rep. Jay Morris’ of Monroe in the north and Sen. Neil Riser in the rural central parishes. Whichever of them prevails in the primary likely draws Mayo in the Nov. 16 runoff.

    With Sen. Rick Ward pulling out of the 2014 6th Congressional District race almost as soon as he got in, a stream of new Republican names are bubbling to the surface, including Rep. Barry Ivey of Central; House Education Chairman Steve Carter of Baton Rouge; Senate Finance Committee Vice Chairman Norby Chabert of Houma; and Gary Graphia, the former executive counsel to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

    Also mentioned have been BESE President Chas Roemer and former Congressman Jeff Landry, both Republicans. GOP Metro Councilman Ryan Heck of Baton Rouge has already announced his intentions, as has real estate agent Richard Dean Lieberman, a LaPlace Democrat.

    “I almost got floored when I saw you had bonding capacity. I started doing a dance.”
    —Orleans Parish Judge Michael Bagneris on BioDistrict, an economic development district he hopes to use to build a new courthouse, in the Picayune

    (John Maginnis and Jeremy Alford publish LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at Follow on Twitter here.)