‘LaPolitics’: Louisiana Public Service Commissioner mulls possible US Senate run

    With a well-defined field for the fall’s U.S. Senate race shaping up, there is a lingering question for Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta: Will he or won’t he enter the U.S. Senate race? Well, he may just do it.

    In a recent interview, Skrmetta says he is very close to making a final decision on whether he will become a candidate. “We’ll be making that announcement on June 30,” he says.

    If he gets in, Skrmetta’s candidacy will add a new wrinkle to capturing southeast Louisiana. It’ll also create an interesting situation for the political action committees and individuals who traditionally give money to PSC members.

    In addition to having Skremetta’s U.S. Senate bid, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is in the same race and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle is running in the 3rd Congressional District. Plus there are two incumbents, Commissioners Lambert Boissiere III and Clyde Holloway, up for re-election this fall.

    Says one lobbyist who cuts such checks, “Holy moly.”

    — Clyde Holloway in the Public Service Commission’s 4th District may have a challenger. Sources say community activists and donors are encouraging Mary Werner of Lake Charles, a Democratic, to run. She is the CEO of Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co. and North American Land Co. Werner is also the daughter of Buddy Leach, the former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party and one-time congressman.

    They said it: “The wisdom of compromise is to know how to bend without breaking.” —Ways and Means Chair Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans  

    —Jeremy Alford

    Jeremy Alford publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook. He can be reached at JJA@LaPolitics.com.

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