State of Louisiana Archives: on Principles & Values

John Bel Edwards: Four generations of sheriffs in family lineage

John Bel, as his friends and family know him, excelled in high school athletics and graduated as valedictorian. As one of eight children from a family long dedicated to public service, John Bel carries on the family tradition. With a father who was the elected Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish--the Edwards have four generations of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in their family lineage with John Bel's brother Daniel currently serving as Sheriff--John Bel learned the importance of public service at an early age.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, Aug 11, 2015

Bill Cassidy: Agrees to one runoff debate; more if Obama visits

Bill Cassidy has agreed to one debate with Mary Landrieu during the runoff, but he added he'd do one additional debate for each time Pres. Obama campaigns for Landrieu. The debate will take place in Baton Rouge on Dec. 1, which is after the close of the early voting period.

Landrieu initially wanted six debates, which apparently will only happen if Obama makes five trips to the state. It's unlikely the unpopular president will make any trips to Louisiana.

"The issue here is who represents Louisiana and who represents President Obama. I know I am with Louisiana. Sen. Landrieu would know that if she actually met with people instead of staged media events. We will have a debate and we will discuss exactly that," Cassidy said.

Landrieu wanted six debates so the voters could "hear the candidates discuss the issues." Cassidy's minimal debate appearances has been a persistent talking point for Landrieu, who has criticized Cassidy saying he's running his race through attack ads on TV.

Source: The Times-Picayune on 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Nov 6, 2014

Bill Cassidy: No-show at Senate debate

Monday night's debate between candidates running for the Senate in Louisiana had a notable absence--Republican candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Mary Landrieu didn't let voters forget it. Time and time again, she hit Cassidy for failing to show up for the debate--weaving the fact into answers on a variety of issues and her closing statement. "He does a lot of talking," she said, "but not a lot of showing up."

According to published reports, Cassidy had agreed to only two debates--a Shreveport debate held a few weeks ago, and a debate in Baton Rouge Wednesday. Cassidy said he wanted to spend more time meeting voters, but political insiders speculate that he is playing safe by avoiding possible gaffes in debates.

Cassidy's absence also meant that it fell entirely to Landrieu's Tea Party challenger, Rob Maness, to engage in what has been the anti-Landrieu line of attack throughout the race: that she is a Washington insider who is too close to President Barack Obama.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 27, 2014

Garret Graves: Judeo-Christian framework is moral

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

GRAVES: Strongly (Did not answer)

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited gover

GRAVES: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Ralph Abraham: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

ABRAHAM: Strongly Disagree

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?

ABRAHAM: Strongly Agree

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?

ABRAHAM:I have been a member of Alto Baptist Church for more than 50 years. My wife and I are both Christians and our faith is our foundation in all that we do..

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: Receives ad money from billionaire Koch brothers

A new ad from the Democratic Senate Majority PAC hits Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) main Republican opponent, for his support from Koch Brothers-backed groups. The ad is the group's second in the state, where Landrieu has already faced negative attacks from the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity focused on ObamaCare.

"Out of state billionaires, spending millions to rig the system and elect bill Cassidy. Their goal? Another politician bought and paid for," a narrator says in the ad, as shots of the Kochs flash on the screen.

The ad charges that the Kochs want tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, want to cut Social Security and "end Medicare as we know it," and "even tried to kill relief for hurricane victims."

"Cassidy's billion-dollar backers. They've got a plan for him--it's not good for Louisiana," the ad closes.

The billionaire Koch brothers have sunk at least $30 million into competitive House and Senate races since August of last year.

Source: AdWatch: The Hill on 2014 Louisiana Senate race Mar 13, 2014

Rob Maness: Support Tea Party challenger for Senate Majority Leader

Maness flexed his tea party muscles, saying that, if elected, he would not support Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the Republican leader in the Senate and would instead back a tea party alternative. "There comes a time when someone's been in Washington too long and has lost touch," Maness said of McConnell. "Based on what I've seen, I would support somebody like a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz to be the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate."

But Maness added that he doesn't think McConnell will even be around for another term. Like Landrieu, the Senate Minority Leader is up for re-election this year and is facing a full-frontal assault from the tea party in the GOP primary. Maness said he favors conservative businessman Matt Bevin in the Kentucky contest.

Source: ABC News "14 For 14" project: 2014 Louisiana Senate race Feb 15, 2014

Buddy Roemer: Placed third in 1991 re-election bid

Roemer made a splash more than two decades ago in the Louisiana governor's race with his "slay the dragon" cry, defeating an incumbent snared in corruption investigations. Four years later, Roemer made an ignominious exit from the governor's mansion when in a bid for re-election, he came in behind David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

Mr. Roemer, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party while governor, made one more failed run in 1995, then retreated to the private sector.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Longshot from Louisiana" Mar 16, 2011

Buddy Roemer: Publicly described himself as "a church-going Methodist boy"

Roemer described himself at the forum as "a church-going Methodist boy" and added a fervent "thank you, Jesus" when he recounted meeting his third wife, a church pianist.

Roemer talks proudly of his successes in Louisiana: overhauling campaign-finance laws, strengthening environmental protection, testing teachers for competency and balancing the state budget. But he also gained a reputation in the state as arrogant and aloof. "He wouldn't return calls. To anybody," said one state Senator.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Longshot from Louisiana" Mar 16, 2011

David Vitter: OpEd: robo-response to "Did you break the law" with DC Madam

At last night's debate, Vitter was once again in robo response mode when it came to questions regarding his "serious sin" and exposed ties to the D.C. Madam prostitution ring. One panelist asked Vitter directly whether the "serious sin" he admitted to in 2007 broke the law. "You're a lawyer," the panelist said. "Did you break the law?"

Vitter's response: "You can look back. You can continue to write stories in the media about it. That's your decision. It's a free county. I looked the voters of Louisiana in the eye. I spoke to them sincerely. I think they heard me and I think they understood me. And now I'm looking forward, I'm not looking back." The panelist and moderator followed up, asking Vitter the question again: "Did you break the law? Yes or No." Vitter repeated his staid response. After the debate, Vitter was swarmed by reporters on his way out, who again peppered him with the question of whether he broke the law.

Source: Independent Weekly coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 29, 2010

Charles Melancon: OpEd: Vitter broke the law, and lied about it, with DC Madam

One question Vitter repeatedly dodged had to do with whether he broke the law when he was linked to a D.C. prostitution ring in 2007. When a panelist told Vitter he would give him the opportunity to say "yes" or "no" and explain himself, Vitter responded, "I'm not going to take that opportunity, because I think the voters of Louisiana have understood exactly what I said to them."

"You've lied, broken the law, and embarrassed the state," responded Melancon.

Source: WWLTV Eyewitness coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

Charles Melancon: Ran based on Vitter's integrity issue from call-girl scandal

Republican Sen. David Vitter again acknowledged unspecified "serious sins" but offered no new information on the prostitution scandal that broke in 2007 when he was linked to a Washington call girl ring run by the "D.C. Madam." In July 2007, Vitter was linked by phone records to a Washington, D.C. escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who committed suicide in 2008 after being convicted of running a prostitution ring.

When the scandal broke, Vitter said in a news release that he had committed a "serious sin," but he has steadfastly refused to say more about the matter and has avoided questions. With polls showing him leading in the current race, he has limited campaign appearances and used television ads to boost his conservative profile and attack his Democratic opponent, Rep. Charlie Melancon.

Melancon said that issues of honesty and integrity were what prompted 11 people to seek Vitter's seat. "It's the reason everyone got into this race, to challenge Mr. Vitter," Melancon said.

Source: Miami Herald coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 27, 2010

John Neely Kennedy: Ran for US Senate in 2004 as Democrat; & endorsed John Kerry

Kennedy never referred to McCain [at the latest debate], after two previous debates and several stump speeches in which he regularly talked of his support for the presidential nominee and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. Kennedy also didn’t mention Landrieu’s endorsement for Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama, an endorsement Kennedy has used to describe Landrieu as a “tax-and-spend liberal.”

While Kennedy shifted his rhetoric, Landrieu largely continued hers--calling Kennedy “confused” because he switched parties last year after running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 as a liberal Democrat who endorsed John Kerry for president.

Kennedy’s received significant fundraising and campaign help from the national GOP, but some of that assistance appeared to be drying up Wednesday with reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee will pull its ads next week and focus attention on embattled incumbents in other states.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on Oct 16, 2008

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