Almost everybody who was going to qualify for office this fall has qualified. It doesn’t look like there are any surprises. Except for this…
Hang on a minute. Forest Bradley Wright’s name sounds familiar. Where have we heard that one before?
Oh, yeah. This was it…
So two years ago, Wright ran for the District 2 PSC seat, which doesn’t include New Orleans, as a Democrat.
And now, he’s running for the District 1 PSC seat, which doesn’t include New Orleans, as a Republican.
This is two PSC seats he’s run for in two years, and he doesn’t live in either one of the districts he’s run in.
And now Wright, who works for the lefty-socialist Alliance for Affordable Energy (or at least he did until about two weeks ago), is a Republican.
From AAE’s press release about how Wright was leaving to run for the PSC…again:
During his years with the Alliance, Forest has worn many hats. In his position as our Utility Policy Director, he led the charge in the foundation and expansion of energy efficiency programs first in New Orleans and then Louisiana. Policy wins have ranged from the adoption of Integrated Resource Planning at the city and state level, and successful intervention on behalf of consumers in rate-making cases. He created New Orleans’ monthly Solar Roundtable discussions, leading to the foundation of the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association. In the campaign for renewable energy, Forest has fought to protect net-metering rules, so that all Louisiana residents may have fair and equal access to clean energy choices.
As a logical next step in his commitment to fair energy policy, Forest has recently announced his intention to run for a seat on the Louisiana Public Service Commission this November. We are so grateful to have had Forest’s skill and steadfast dedication to the policy work that will affect Louisiana’s energy future for years to come, and we wish him well in his campaign.
That sound like a committed free-market conservative to you?
State GOP executive director Jason Dore’ was a bit confused about the R next to Wright’s name, and made a good point about all this…
It is clear his views align with the platform of the Democrat party. Unfortunately, he is using the GOP mantle on the ballot in an attempt to convince the voters otherwise. This is yet another example of why we desperately need party primaries in Louisiana.
We have lots of fugazi Republicans in Louisiana. We don’t have too many straight-up fugazis like Wright is.
He might be able to pull a little more than the 20 percent he got the first time he ran for the PSC, but not much more. The incumbent, Eric Skrmetta, already has more than 100 endorsements.
Including one from Cedric Richmond. Maybe Richmond felt betrayed by Wright registering as a Republican. Who knows?