?U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, has been grabbing headlines with major endorsements recently. Not to be outdone, state Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican from Madisonville, received his fair share of media attention last week when First Lady Laura Bush joined him at a fundraiser in Lafayette.
The $1,000-a-person meet-and-greet was held at the home of local real estate developer Will Mills. Photo ops with Mrs. Bush cost $2,500. Landrieu has garnered some big local endorsements recently, including that of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association. Although the sheriffs traditionally back Democrats with the notable exception of GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal LSA executive director Harold Hal Turner says seniority pushed Landrieu over the top. With the loss of other senior members of our Louisiana delegation this year, now, more than ever, we need Sen. Landrieus experience and seniority, Turner says. Leonardo Alcivar, Kennedys communications director, says last weeks LSA endorsement was meaningless, given the historical leanings of the LSA. Meanwhile, Landrieu was also endorsed last week by a PAC of 15 farmers representing various sectors of the agriculture industry. Jeremy Alford