Some of our previous endorsements were very easy picks for us, such as Caldwell over Cao due to their stance on Obamacare. Other picks were easier for us due to the process of elimination as was the case in district 81 with Democrat turned Republican in order to run (Wheat), Droopy (Schexnayder), and Hull who manages to somehow be proud to be a Democrat. The choice for us came down to quality candidates: fresh blood (O’Halloran) over status quo (Windham). Our next endorsement follows that lead.
Billy Nungesser (R) – Lt. Governor, Louisiana
Regardless of who we pick in this race, we certainly will upset quite a few people, but we’ve made a decision. Billy Nungesser is our pick for Lt. Governor over incumbent Jay Dardenne in large part because Nungesser rolled up his sleeves and put up a fight against the Obama administration. Would Dardenne have done the same given Nungesser’s shoes? Who knows, but given Dardenne’s controversial vote on the abortion bill, it’s tough to say. Either he mistakenly voted against the bill or he intentionally did it, but even mistakenly with his experience is inexcusable. We like Dardenne well enough, but our state needs some people who are willing to put up a fight and not take a chance with someone making a silly “mistake”. You can visit Billy Nungesser’s website here and make a contribution to his campaign here.
Derek Babcock (R) – District 13, State Senate
What we like about both candidates is that they have know the insurance industry and given that our current President of the country doesn’t a thing about insurance before he fixes health care insurance, it’s rather refreshing. Again a tough choice for us, but Erdey’s 59% vote with LABI seems to suggest that he isn’t as pro-business as he touts himself to be. Though this is Erdey’s first time as State Senator, he was a representative on the House side and his father was a former mayor. Once again, we’re going to go with the fresh blood here and pick Derek Babcock because Babcock seems to have a better grasp on conservatism as well has having that extra fight that we think this great state needs. You can visit Derek Babcock’s website here and make a campaign contribution here.
Cenla brings it’s own flare to Louisiana politics, where two bloggers have a urinating contest over which one is what, or who, er, I don’t know, but apparently they are both disabled. Anyway, neither one of them is a Republican, but get this, one of them actually worked for the mayor while he was throwing stones at people… from his computer. Seems to me that Cenla needs men who can lead because apparently Mayor Jacques Roy isn’t getting the job done by allowing his employees to act in such a manner.
Lowell “Chris” Hazel (R) – District 27, State Representative
We break our anti-incumbent trend in Cenla with our endorsement of Lowell “Chris” Hazel. We have been very please with Hazel’s job performance and see very little need to replace him. You can visit Chris Hazel’s website here and make a contribution here.
Barett Byrd (R) – District 25, State Representative
Send in the Marine- Barett Byrd. Still, serving in the military isn’t an electable qualification by itself so the question is, does Barett Byrd have the conservative umph that we’re looking for and that answer is yes. More importantly, Barrett Byrd is a man who can make tough decisions. It helps us along that his opponent seems to have a connection to the current mayor of Alexandria. You can visit his website here and make a contribution here.
We’re not anti-incumbent! The following incumbents get our endorsement.
Edited to be more reflective of endorsements.