Garret Graves, who recently resigned as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and as Gov. Bobby Jindal's "coastal czar," confirmed last week he'll run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in November's Senate race.
In a statement announcing his decision, Graves said, "We need to get the government out of our health care decisions, private communications, economic markets and daily lives. Government is increasingly part of our nation's problem, and it is not bringing forward solutions."
Graves' profile was raised during the 2010 BP oil disaster and again last year when he emerged as Jindal's point man opposing a lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Graves is a Republican. Seven other Republicans and two Democrats already have announced they'll run for the 6th District seat. Two others — former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Family Research Council head Tony Perkins — haven't ruled out making the race. (See next item for more on Edwards.)
The open primary is Nov. 4.