August 21, 2019

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ICYMI: Conservative Publisher And Columnist Bashes Campaigns Of Abraham, Rispone

Abraham and Rispone “appear to be competing with one another to see which candidate can put the worst commercial on television”

In case you missed it, Ouachita Citizen publisher and columnist Sam Hanna Jr. wrote a blistering takedown of Republican Louisiana gubernatorial candidates Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone. Hanna issues both of them a stern warning: if they don’t get their acts together in two weeks “Gov. John Bel Edwards is going to run away with the race.”

The GOP didn’t put up their best candidates here…instead they sent C-listers. Both Abraham and Rispone stumbled on the trail and now they have to answer to Republicans who are trashing their campaign strategy.

Read Hanna’s takedown of both Abraham and Rispone:

Sam Hanna, Jr.: Abraham, Rispone must reboot

The two big Republicans running for governor have about two weeks to get their houses in order or Gov. John Bel Edwards is going to run away with the race.

Bluntly stated, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone would appear to be competing with one another to see which candidate can put the worst commercial on television. As it stands today, Abraham wins it by a nose.

Two weeks is an eternity in politics. That means Abraham and Rispone still have time to dump every commercial they’ve already shot and produced and return to the drawing board. For Rispone, he should consider using a James Earl Jones-like voiceover in his TV spots instead of speaking himself. He also should insist that the cameraman shoot his commercials from a low angle so he would appear taller than 5’ 7”.

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For Abraham, the path forward is far more difficult. Unlike Rispone, Abraham can’t write a check for $10 million to spend on his campaign. Certainly he can put some of his own money into the race, but it’ll never match the dollars Rispone and Edwards can spend.

So Abraham has nothing to lose, and if Rispone won’t fill the void, perhaps Abraham can carve out a niche as the candidate who’s fed up and can get things done. But first, Abraham needs to burn that TV commercial of him standing in front of the American flag like George Patton. Just burn the commercial.