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Shreveport Times: Louisiana Governor’s Race Takes Nasty Turn Among Republicans

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Shreveport Times: Louisiana Governor’s Race Takes Nasty Turn Among Republicans

A new report from the Shreveport Times this morning highlights how Louisiana Republican leadership is sounding the alarm over the increasingly messy and expensive intraparty brawl brewing among their crowded field of gubernatorial candidates.

With four months still to go until primary day, super PACs supporting Attorney General Jeff Landry and Stephen Waguespack are already spending heavily to tear down one another’s candidate, echoing the “mistakes of the 2015 and 2019 governor’s races, where Republican infighting ultimately squandered [GOP] opportunities to win the Governor’s Mansion.”

Read more about how Louisiana’s nasty and expensive GOP brawl has top Republicans on edge:

  • Louisiana’s governor’s race has already taken a nasty turn among Republicans with separate ads attacking Stephen Waguespack and Jeff Landry launched during the past week by political action committees supporting each of the two candidates.
  • “Protect Louisiana’s Children,” a super PAC supporting Attorney General Landry, produced the ad, which begins: “When Stephen Waguespack was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aide Louisiana’s economy sank from sixth to 42nd.”
  • Last week “Reboot Louisiana,” a super PAC supporting Waguespack, produced a spot blaming Landry for the state’s high crime rate.
  • “Louisiana’s top law enforcement official, Jeff Landry, has failed us,” the Reboot Louisiana spot begins. “Murder, rape, car jackings. Under Landry’s watch, Louisiana is the most dangerous state in America.”
  • Last week Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority leader, called on Reboot Louisiana to take the ad attacking Landry down, saying similar infighting in 2015 and 2019 cleared a path for Edwards in an otherwise deeply Republican state.
  • “We must learn from the mistakes of the 2015 and 2019 governor’s races, where Republican infighting ultimately squandered our opportunities to win the Governor’s Mansion,” Scalise said.

 

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