Our readers saw Friday evening that Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council who had said in an Election Night outburst that he couldn’t support Bill Cassidy for the Senate, did exactly that three days later.
Over the weekend, another Cassidy detractor came aboard. Rob Maness will appear at a Republican Unity Rally at a downtown Baton Rouge bar today at lunchtime to endorse Cassidy and largely complete the effort to present a coherent front against the embattled Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu.
Maness and Cassidy actually tied the knot on the endorsement at a weekend social engagement…
Candy and I enjoyed a double date with Bill and Laura Cassidy tonight at Ye Olde College Inn in New Orleans. Thanks to the Blancher family for hosting us and to Jimmy and the staff for a great New Orleans meal! Congressman Cassidy and I had a positive discussion concerning our shared love for our country and for Louisiana. We also spoke about important points of public policy including the ongoing situation in Bayou Corne, the REDEEM Act, and Sen. Lee’s Conservative Reform Agenda… I even encouraged Bill to take a look at our Contract with Louisiana and to hop in the truck a join me in Bayou Corne to learn more about the challenges facing the displaced residents. I shared with Bill some thoughts on ways to grow our party and keep our elected officials more connected to those they serve. Before it was over, Bill even helped me put a new bumper sticker on our Truck. Looking forward to joining with Congressman Cassidy and Senator Rand Paul this Monday at noon in Baton Rouge at Huey’s, 350 3rd Street! You’re all invited; I hope to see you there!
Paul isn’t the only other notable figure who’ll be in attendance at the rally today. Believe it or not, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter will also be sharing the stage – making the affair a true signal of a Republican Era Of Good Feelings, at least until the election returns come in on Dec. 6. Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry and state Sen. Elbert Guillory are also scheduled to be speakers.
To show how all the disputes have been put to bed, here’s Louisiana GOP chairman Roger Villere giving Maness props for his campaign…
As LAGOP Chairman, I want to thank Col. Rob Maness for his service to our nation and congratulate him for offering himself as a candidate for public office. More than 200,000 Louisiana voters, many of them first time Republican voters, cast their ballots for Col. Maness and respect the honor and principled conservative leadership that he has shown. Col. Maness, his family and the many campaign staff members and volunteers who assisted him worked very hard for the past year. I believe that it is important for the Republican Party of Louisiana to acknowledge their efforts. Col. Maness has a bright future in the Louisiana GOP.
As we begin to campaign for Bill Cassidy, Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves for their December run-off elections, please send a note of thanks to Col. Maness and our outstanding GOP congressional candidates for their service. I’m sure you’ll agree that we have a lot of excellent contenders for public office in the years ahead. In fact, I am glad to report that Col. Maness and I will be meeting to discuss an organized effort to recruit some of his key supporters to run for office in the future, and ways in which we can make our endorsement process easier for first time candidates. I look forward to hearing from Col. Maness at our next SCC meeting as well.
And we’re told that another holdout, the East Baton Rouge Republican Party – which made no endorsement in the Senate primary while its chairman Woody Jenkins endorsed Maness, will be following suit with a Cassidy endorsement as soon as it can hold a meeting with a quorum. Jenkins has not yet made an endorsement that we’ve been able to see.