In his latest column, Jeremy Alford details the intrigue surrounding Senate President John Alario as the long-time politician plans his next movies.
Alario has been in the thick of Louisiana state politics for more than 45 years, and the first time he was legally allowed to vote, he was a candidate. The senator is currently facing a term-limit crossroads—either run for his old seat in House District 83, which he was sworn into in 1972, or do something else.
But the prospect of running for his former seat is a bit complicated, Alford writes, because Alario switched from Democrat to Republican in 2010 and was endorsed for Senate president by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal just a year later. Should he seek a return to the House, Alario would have to win in a district that Republicans rarely emerge from victorious. Democrats have dominated in recent regional and statewide elections (as in Mary Landrieu’s 76%, Barack Obama’s 69%, Charlie Melancon’s 64% and Kip Holden’s 63%.)