David Vitter Joins Jay Dardenne and John Bel Edwards in Running for Louisiana Governor’s Seat
The Louisiana governor's race heated up a little this morning after Sen. David Vitter announced his campaign. He's joining Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Democratic Dist. 72 House Member John Bel Edwards in that race. The seat won't be up for grabs until Fall 2015.
And what a wide-open race it will be, seeing as current Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited under Louisiana law.
The Associated Press (via NOLA.com) reported that it may also be Vitter's last political go-round, quoting the senator from an emails sent to staff members:
"This will be my last political job, elected or appointed, period. So my only agenda will be to do what's best for all Louisianians, from our best and brightest to our most vulnerable," he says in the email -- Sen. David Vitter via the Associated Press
Edwards, meanwhile, announced his candidacy back in April of 2013, and has been the only major Democratic politician to do so. He's spent the last six years in the legislature. Dardenne, meanwhile, has been talking about his candidacy since March 2013. He's been in the lieutenant governor's seat since 2010.
So who else will join the race? Republican Speculation centered on La. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain as being interested in the position, but he told a Shreveport newspaper last summer that he has decided against it. State Treasurer John Kennedy has also dropped hints that he may run for the seat as well, but again -- no official statement yet.
On the Democrat side, the most high-profile potential candidate would be New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, though he, too, has declared he has no intentions to run.