With senior U.S. Sen. David Vitter running for governor—and leading the polling and fundraising wars—three high-octane Republican politicians are already sounding like likely candidates to run for Vitter’s seat, including Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming, and state Treasurer John Kennedy.
The biggest news of late comes out of the Kennedy camp. His top aide of 18 years, deputy treasurer Jason Redmond, is leaving his position with the treasury and has filed documents with the Federal Election Commission to form the Louisiana Proud super PAC. So far it’s the first independent expenditure committee for the next cycle that could raise unlimited amounts of money and spend it to promote, or demonize, candidates.
Contacted for comment, Redmond said, “It will be actively involved in the 2016 elections.” As for whether it’s specifically for a Kennedy Senate bid, he added, “I can’t say right now.”
Redmond had created Watchdog PAC in the spring, saying at the time it might become a vehicle to promote policy issues important to Kennedy.
—If Congressmen Charles Boustany does run for the U.S. Senate next year, the 3rd District would become an open seat. Already there’s a lot of movement there.
“I’m gearing up for what I believe will be an open seat. I’m in. I am running,” said state Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles. “I’ve already started meeting with folks across the district and I’m building an organization.” Also mentioned as a possibility is Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, who is term limited and recently endorsed Vitter for governor, as did Boustany.
They said it: “Other than Hillary Clinton, I think we’re in the clear.” —Kevin Roig, spokesperson for the very conservative Congressman Garret Graves, offering a just-joking reply when asked if his boss had made any endorsements this election cycle