The Louisiana House District 69 is already a crowded race with 5 Republicans vying for the seat, and possibly more getting in. The early buzz had David Boneno and David Fakouri getting in the race, but neither has given any notice of running.
While those two haven’t jumped in yet, Melissa Deshotels, Bill Benedetto, Brian McNabb, Erich Ponti, and Bob Thibodeaux are the announced candidates. So far, this seems to be about Brian McNabb, Erich Ponti and the three others who don’t have a website. Actually, I only found Brian and Erich’s website, though I assume the other three will have one.
I’m finding this race particularly interesting because, well, because I had this email forwarded to me by J.P. Losman:
Our campaign for the House seat in District 69 continues to gain momentum and support. I am ending my second week of unemployment and fixed income and it feels terrific. I’m now spending full time on the campaign.
The outpouring of support and contributions resulting from the ridiculous attack by Glasper on my integrity has been phenomenal. I sincerely thank all of you who called or sent messages and letters (and checks) of support. I have been around politics long enough to know it can get rough.
According to news reports, I now have four opponents. I have only met two of them, but they all seem to be good, sincere people. I am confident we will have a good, positive campaign based on the issues and not personal attacks. Having said that, with this many people in the race, every vote counts now more than ever and we will have to work harder to get in the runoff.
I have been meeting with groups and individuals, discussing issues, concerns and ideas. These have been very positive meetings and the issues are falling right in line with our positions. If you would like to setup a meeting with a group or individually, please give me a call at (Edited). Also, if you would like to add anyone to our updates distribution list, please send their email address to me.
As many of you have noted, in the last few weeks our signs have increased considerably throughout the district. According to the political campaign experts, you can never have too many signs. (go figure) Please continue to ask your friends, family and neighbors for permission to have one of our beautiful, unobtrusive signs put in their yard. Just let me know of the location by phone or email, and we will deliver and place it.
We have several exciting fundraisers in the planning stage and as soon as we have them finalized, we will let you know. In addition, the website design is in the final stage and should be up and running very soon. Stafford Kendall’s group is working feverishly to get it on line and I think you will find it very useful.
The election is October 20th. It’s very important we continue to move this campaign forward and keep the momentum going. This is a critical point in our state’s history. We have the opportunity to change the face of our legislature, slam the door on politics of old and move our state forward to a progressive and brighter future.
If you join me in this effort, I know we will succeed.
Now, at first I thought this had to be a hoax, but J.P. assures me that it’s legit. I don’t know what the rest of you are thinking, but it seems to me like Entergy’s former spokesman is trigger happy. He’s already taking potshots at a guy, and it’s not even one of his opponents.
I do know that during the BREC renewal tax was up, Darryl Glasper and Bill Benedetto found each other on opposing sides, but it seems to me that Benedetto is a little Bitterdetto over that campaign.
I wonder what Glasper did to make this grown man cry. It must have been serious. I mean, this guy was the spokesman for a company (Entergy) that cut people’s lights out on them.
Okay, some of you are going to tell me, “Well AV, if you pay your bills on time…”, yeah, I get that. Pay your bills on time and your lights won’t get cut off. But electricity is an unnecessary necessity, and to cut a person’s lights off takes a little bit of a stone heart. Certainly a guy who could cut off somebody’s lights can handle the political manuevering of Darryl Glasper.
If he can’t, what’s he doing running for office? And if he gets onto the House floor, will he whine about how his opponents hurt his feelings?
I suppose I shouldn’t say too much more about Benedetto, after all, he is on a “fixed income”.
I can’t help it, this email from “Bill Benedetto” can’t be from a guy who’s serious about becoming the next Representative. There’s other things in the email that I find well quite funny… such as “beautiful, unobtrusive signs”, as if having them in your yard will increase the land value. Oh Bill, I’m about to sell my house, can I have a yard sign to help beautify my home? By what percentage will one yard sign increase my home value?
Whether or not you believe this email is real, it will be interesting to see exactly how “Electric Bill” Benedetto will fair in this election. Will he come out with guns blazing? Will he cry when they hand it back? Will the voters be ready for an extra electric bill in October? Or will Bill be disconnected?
Whatever the outcome, the District 69 race is certain to send a jolt through Baton Rouge. Louisiana Conservative will keep an electric eye on this ‘Power’-ful race.