Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, the one-term congressman who was defeated by U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany in the race for Louisiana's redrawn 3rd Congressional District, has now formed a Super PAC. Restore Our Republic, which the website Politico calls a "hardcore PAC for hard-right Republicans," aims to raise money to support fiscal and social conservatives in races for the U.S. House of Representatives, though it hasn't announced formal support of any candidates yet.
Landry, who expressed his disgust with Washington on his way out the door (some of his fellow congressmen say the feeling was mutual), told the media his first priority upon returning to Acadiana was getting back to duck hunting. That didn't stop speculation that Landry might run against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year, a notion Landry himself has never quite discouraged. But Politico speculates the establishment of the Super PAC makes a Landry candidacy less likely.
So far the only official challenger to Landrieu is U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, who made his official announcement April 3. He already has a Cassidy 2014 website up and running. Another possible opponent: Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, who served in the state House from 1996 to 2004. In 2002, Perkins ran against Landrieu; he finished fourth and Landrieu won a second term. A potential wild card is Chas Roemer, son of former Gov. Buddy Roemer and president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, who has expressed interest in the Senate position.
U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, who had also been mentioned as a potential Landrieu opponent, took his name out of contention last week.
— Kevin Allman