Saturday, March 31, 2007
(Baton Rouge) – “Lobbyist John Breaux (D-MD) flew to Louisiana yesterday and immediately started attacking Congressman Bobby Jindal (R-LA). His attacks on Congressman Jindal came in the same minute that he praised the Congressman for his intellect and skill. And of course he completely ignored his own previous statements in which he praised Jindal as a man that can turn this state around,” stated Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman, Roger Villere, Jr.
“After moving away from Louisiana in our greatest time of need, it amazes me that Breaux has the audacity to attack Bobby’s experience. I wonder who the people of Louisiana think did more to help us during and after the Hurricanes? Has Breaux forgotten that Bobby rescued our state’s health care system as Secretary of DHH, improved graduation rates as the head of our education system, and has been working hard the last two years in Congress helping this state recover while Breaux left Louisiana to make millions selling his influence for a lobbying firm that represents the governments of Saudi Arabia and China?” asked Villere.
“Lobbyist John Breaux hasn’t even announced his candidacy for Governor and already he is slinging mud at Bobby. Even worse, he slings mud while also saying that he opposes the politics of personal destruction. You have to be a long time politician to pull that off. It is disappointing that Breaux has decided to turn so negative so quickly,” said Villere.
Hat tip: James Quinn, LAGOP Executive Director
Friday, March 30, 2007
I didn’t and am seething:
So, you’re convinced you have the “maturity” and “experience” to be governor, Mr. Breaux? Guess again, sir.
As you gathered – ahem - experience, Louisiana crumbled. *CRUMBLED*, Mr. Breaux. And, given the oh-so-transparent game you’re playing, it’s abundantly clear that maturity doesn’t necessarily come with age.
Grow up, get a clue and go home… to Maryland.
Note: This is *GOOD*. Have a listen on Lee Fletcher.
Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture
April 26 at Bellino's Restaurant Gold Room
4619 Jackson Street Extension
6 PM Social Hour/Cash Bar
7 PM RSVP Dinner
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Although U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) is taking a slightly more incremental approach, this time – targeting the Executive Branch and special interest groups like, say, the National Right to Life Committee – his bill, H.R. 984, however “ethical” the language and the veil, is sinister. The eventual goal is similar, if not broader, than that of the 103rd Congress.
Read all about it, then call, e-mail, fax, whatever. Methinks another meltdown is in order.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
"just exactly where does John Breaux live?"
Click on www.moongriffon.com and let him know what you think! Let your voice be heard!!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
The endorsement of Giuliani has caused some controversy from the strong conservatives.
Questions have arisen and simmer across the state of Louisiana.
Now Senator Vitter has outlined his view and continues to stress the reasons and research that led him to the decision.
Senator Vitter has a staunch conservative record which will not change no matter who he supports for president.
In fact, Senator Vitter may have done the one thing other conservatives have not yet done.
He may have insured that a conservative is at the table should Giuliani win. He seems to me to have taken a bold step that some have a hard time understanding but the impact could be greates because of what he did and when he did it.
For decades, it has been critically important to step up and back a presidential candidate as early as often to prove loyalty early.
The fact is candidates for jobs in the administrations of democrats and republicans are often rated based on how early they supported a sitting president.
Pre primary endorsements are most critical because they are hardes to make and make the biggest impact in the earliest days of fledgling campaigns.
Vitter could very well have made the boldest and brightest move of the entire presidential election thus far.
Senator Vitter also has put Louisiana in a position to have big support early. This decision will have the major impact of insuring that a real conservative is at the table and his name will be David Vitter.
Friday, March 23, 2007
As always, Tony sounded very upbeat. Nevertheless, given his past scare with colon cancer, please say a prayer for him.
The vote passed 218 to 212. Obviously the attached bribes of pork, - “sweeteners,” as they're called - with which the bill was laden, paid off.
The bill probably won’t pass the U.S. Senate; but, if it does, I’m ever hopeful the President will *finally* unwrap his veto pen.
Interestingly, the following, from The Daily Advertiser, came to me from James Quinn, Executive Director of the LAGOP. Given the article isn’t complimentary of either of the state’s major political parties, it strikes me that, perhaps, the LAGOP leadership may be coming into some semblance of maturity.
Breaux should not run for governor
“In announcing she would not seek re-election, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said: "There is nothing more important to Louisiana's future than a strong recovery, free from politics."
For that reason, we believe it is in the state's best interest that former U.S. Sen. John Breaux not run for governor at this time.
His emergence as a potential candidate already has distracted state political leaders from concentrating on our recovery.
The Democratic Party leadership has long been pre-occupied with gracefully pressuring Blanco to withdraw and strategically pressuring Breaux to jump in.
The state Republican party leadership has spent recent weeks plotting to derail a Breaux candidacy. The television advertisements questioning Breaux's residency and eligibility might be the first to sling mud at someone who hasn't declared for office.
Imagine how heated, nasty and distracting the fight will get if Breaux runs.
Leaders of the state's two major parties lack the self-discipline to focus on recovery if Breaux runs against the already-declared U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal. They will focus on personal attacks, not public needs.
Asking Breaux to not run is a significant request, but he proved during his tenure as a U.S. senator that he could set aside partisan politics for the good of the state and the nation. His legacy is his ability to build bridges and help rival sides reach consensus. His reward for that talent has been his post-political career as a Washington lobbyist.
So, we appeal to Breaux to reflect on what is good for Louisiana - on what Louisiana needs right now. It doesn't need a fight. It doesn't need partisanship. It doesn't need political activists plotting dirty tricks, calling opponents names, avoiding true debate on issues and distracting the voters.
As The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune said in an editorial Wednesday, the state needs "coastal restoration; the creation of sustainable, well-paying jobs; top-quality public schools; an efficient and responsive health-care system."
We welcome debate on those issues, as well as how to spend, invest, save and refund to taxpayers the state's surplus revenues. That question should not be resolved by a lame-duck governor and a legislative session filled with politicians jockeying for their own re-election or figuring how to dodge a term limit by moving from House to Senate.
We fear that if Breaux runs for governor, despite his qualifications, we will never hear those debates. Instead, the campaign will be hijacked by political power brokers and dumped into our courts in a fight over what the word "citizen" means. We will waste months that could be better spent devising strategies to help our state recover.
We salute Kathleen Blanco for putting recovery ahead of politics. We ask Breaux to do the same because the leaders of our major political parties don't have the discipline to do so in an election year.”
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Read about it here, but this is the infamous snip:
“U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon of Napoleonville said Democrats need a centrist, white candidate to beat Jindal.”
Good job, Charlie. Keep. It. Up.
Hat tip: Ruth Ulrich
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
With all due respect, Walter, could we please keep the "Jungle Primary" on the other side of the aisle? Pretty please?
Many of you called and emailed last night to find out my thoughts on the decision by the Governor not to seek re-election. First of all, I want to start by saying that I wish our Governor and her family well. I realize this was a difficult decision for her, and I wish her the best.
Let me also say that I am very hopeful that everyone in our state will work together over the coming months to move our state forward. That is more important than partisan politics; the future of Louisiana is at stake.
These are difficult times for our state, and yet, I am very optimistic and even excited about the future of our state. I believe that we can do great things. We have been through a lot, but we are a very resilient bunch, and we can create a bright future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.
The most important thing now is that we move beyond the status quo that has led our state to where we are now. Louisiana needs a big injection of new ideas and leadership, and I am ready to provide that leadership.
It is really not enough to say that we can successfully recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Important as that is, it is too small a goal. We do not want to just get back to where we were; we need to go much further.
You will hear a lot of political rumors about potential candidates over the next few weeks. I have been and I will continue to be very straightforward and honest with the people of Louisiana; I am running and I am running to win.
I cannot do it without your support.
To win this election, we will need 15,000 volunteers. To take back our state, we will need millions of dollars to fight national liberal organizations that are dead set on defeating us. To truly make a difference, we will need you, your family, and your friends to offer your public support of our campaign.
My campaign will be a very vigorous effort designed to win the support of every voter in every corner of our state.
Today, I am emailing you to ask for your personal commitment that you will stand by our campaign as we work to make Louisiana a better place.
To support our campaign financially, click here.
To offer your public support for our campaign, click here.
To volunteer, click here.
I am ready to lead our state forward, and I hope I can count on your support.
In a poll taken by noted political analyst, Bernie Pinsonat, Rep. Bobby Jindal beats lobbyist John Breaux by 30 points. The relevant section is as follows and a link to the full article written by Chris Tidmore is below:
“Pollsters, like Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media & Opinion Research, tell 995fm.com news that the latest polls show that former U.S. Senator John Breaux would be ‘a significant underdog’ in a race against Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal. Pinsonat says the latest survey shows Jindal leading Breaux by nearly 30%, with 55% of those polled favoring Jindal and 25.6% supporting Breaux. The pollster says ‘not a lot of people could name anything he (Breaux) has done for Louisiana recently.”
Richard Ieyoub? Again??? Maybe, Mitch.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Despite Breaux’s questionable residency, Blanco wouldn’t step aside if that were any real problem for Breaux. Remember Jim McCrery. The residency ruling for him will apply to Breaux.
Nevertheless, Breaux and his wife are registered to vote in Maryland. Unless I’ve missed something, McCrery did not register to vote out of state. That aspect very well could be a problem for Breaux. Political analyst Charlie Cook believes it might be, at any rate, saying that even if Breaux manages to overcome that legal problem, it could still hurt him politically.
That said, given Blanco’s terrible poll numbers, no one should be surprised she’s not running for re-election. Terrible poll numbers do not a large war chest make. Couple that with the unlikelihood that the Thyssen-Krupp steel mill is coming to Louisiana and it’s clear a re-election bid would be ridiculous.
Some have said that Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, who very much wants to be governor, might get the nod, rather than Breaux. I highly doubt that, considering his poor showing in the New Orleans mayoral race. The Dems simply can’t risk it with so much at stake in ’08. Ergo, my bet is that Breaux, despite legal difficulties, is Bobby Jindal’s opponent.
Get ready, folks. This election cycle could be one for the books.
Snarky update: I just heard a local Dem analysis of Blanco’s remarks and the possibility of Breaux’s gubernatorial candidacy. No mention was made of Breaux’s voter registration in Maryland, but it was said that the courts generally allow voters to decide such residency matters. Really? In this case, which ones, those in Maryland, or those in Louisiana? Will the governor’s race eventually decide it? If Breaux wins, he’s a Louisiana citizen; but, if he loses, he’s a citizen of Maryland? Are we confuzzled yet?
Monday, March 19, 2007
· John Breaux, a former U.S. senator and representative from Louisiana, has not announced that he will run for governor of the state, but many expect he will do so within two weeks. Given that, Republicans are on the offensive.
A television commercial that began airing Friday makes this point: Breaux is a resident of Maryland and has been since 2005. Breaux owns a multimillion-dollar home there, he has a Maryland driver's license, and he is registered to vote there. Thus, the GOP ad says, he is not eligible to run in Louisiana.
We think: We agree with the ad. Breaux has made his allegiances and preferences more than clear. Let him fight for the people of Maryland. He spent 32 years representing Louisiana, first in the U.S. House and then in the U.S. Senate. Three decades is more than enough to get something done. Louisiana needs new blood and new thinking.
Update: Evidently, Breaux ain't listenin'.
Where: Rayford Building (second floor Board Room), 2230 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria
Featured Speaker: Greta Jones, Power PAC Treasurer and former LFRW President
Subject: Power PAC (assists Republican candidates in Louisiana, especially women candidates)
Cost of lunch: $5 per person
Luncheon needs (expenses will be reimbursed):
some volunteers to make spinach manicotti dishes, or something similar
one volunteer to bring bread
one volunteer to bring ice
Luncheon volunteers, please contact Gena Gore!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Run for governor at your own risk, Johnny boy.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tentative CONFERENCE AGENDA
Friday, April 20
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception for
Home of Maura & Jack Donahue
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. Region Vice Presidents’ Workshop
Home of Linda Begue
10:30 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting
Home of Linda Begue
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Workshop: New Literacy Project
Presented by Argiro Morgan
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Workshop: “The True Colors of
Team Building & Leadership”
Guest Speaker: Kathy Hayward
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Magnolia Club Reception
(Members & Invited Guests Only)
Home of Governor Dave Treen
7:30 p.m. Conference Banquet
Featuring Entertainer Ronnie Kole
Sunday, April 22
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Prayer Service
9:30 a.m. Business Session
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
On Saturday, after registration, we attended a Business Session where we heard from all of the officers and committees. Pam Jenkins, Nominating Committee Chair announced all of the nominees for the 2007 LFRW Officers. John Diez of Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority was the Guest Speaker. We then attended the Awards Luncheon where our club was awarded Second Place for Campaign/Volunteer Hours and Second Place Membership for obtaining the most increase in membership. Our Guest Speaker was Michael Zak, Author. He made available his latest book "Back to Basics for the Republican Party" and many of us took advantage of his presence and got our copies autographed. He was one of the most fascinating speakers I have heard. After lunch and the meeting adjourned, we made the most of a couple of free hours and went shopping at one of the nearby malls. At 4:30 we returned to the hotel and Gena Gore boarded one of two buses going to the new Boardwalk for a wonderful Magnolia Club Reception where many dignitaries and politicians introduced themselves and spoke of their aspirations and platforms. We then rushed back to the hotel to dress for the much anticipated Banquet. The Honorable Charles "Buddy" Roemer, III, Governor of Louisiana, 1988-1992 was the Speaker. After dinner, many of us visited the Hospitality Suites made available to us by the candidates and speakers.
On Sunday, we attended the Prayer Breakfast and then our Business Session during which we adopted changes in the By-Laws, elected our new officers for 2007 and adopted our new Resolutions. Gena Gore was elected as Region 4 Vice-President. The Honorable Jane Smith, Representative for District 8 was our Speaker. We then attended the Installation Luncheon where the new officers were installed. Our Guest Speaker was Donna Howe, LFRW Immediate Past President. The Convention was then adjourned.
Congratulations to Kathy Ross, Convention Chairman, and all of her committees for a successful convention.
Friday, March 9, 2007
INVITE YOU TO JOIN US,
AS HE ANNOUNCES HIS
CANDIDACY FOR THE LOUISIANA STATE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 25
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 at 11:30 A.M.
IN FRONT OF THE NEW ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT TERMINAL AT ENGLAND AIRPARK
*airport parking is free for the first hour
Paid for by The Committee to Elect Lance Maxwell, State Representative
Chairman, Jimbo Thiels/Treasurer, Paul Dauzat
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Among those speaking are Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, former Executive Director of the LAGOP, Jason Hebert, and Jindal consultant and RSCC member, Sally Nungesser.
Raymond Strother, who mentored James Carville and Dick Morris, is a *colorful* character, if ever there was one, and he’ll be speaking, as well.
Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Old State Capital
Registration Fee: $150
Jean Armstrong, president of the Louisiana League of Women Voters, chairs the event. For more information on the event e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hat tip: Paula Furr