Specifically, Jeff Landry and David Vitter seem to be racking up endorsements.
Vitter has an 11:00 presser to announce a “major” endorsement. We’re not sure who that will be; if it’s somebody inside the state you’d imagine it would be one of the other current statewide elected officials.
That comes after Vitter released on Friday that he’d picked up Rick Santorum’s endorsement…
Rick Santorum said: “I have known David Vitter for many years. I was proud to serve with him in the United States Senate and I am even prouder to call David my friend. No member of Congress has fought the monstrosity of Obamacare harder and no one has been a bigger advocate for Louisiana’s energy and natural resources interests than David Vitter. More importantly, David Vitter has not just said the right things, he has been an effective leader for the people of Louisiana. I am confident that he will bring this same conviction and passion with him to Baton Rouge and he will be a great chief executive for the people of Louisiana.”
Meanwhile, Landry landed the endorsement of the Family Resource Council’s PAC today…
Former law enforcement officer and conservative Congressman Jeff Landry has been endorsed by FRC Action, the political action committee of the Family Research Council (FRC).
In a letter to Landry, Tony Perkins – President of FRC Action – gave the endorsement of the most active traditional family values advocacy organization in America.
“Your background as a Congressman and law enforcement official makes you an exceptional candidate for Attorney General. You have proven that you will champion the core values of our country; faith, family, and freedom. We have also witnessed your staunch defense of the Constitution, including our Second Amendment rights,” wrote Perkins.
“As a resident of Louisiana, this race is of particular interest to me. Louisiana is looking for an Attorney General who will unashamedly stand for truth and will challenge the Left’s notion that government knows best. We need a strong leader who will fight for Louisiana’s values,” continued Perkins.
“We at FRC Action are confident that you will be a strong advocate for limited government, for individual liberties, and for traditional family values. Once again, we are pleased to offer our endorsement and will urge those who care about the future of the family and constitutional government to support you as well,” concluded Perkins.
Jeff Landry said: “I am honored to be endorsed by Family Research Council Action as we work to bring honesty, integrity, and conservative principles to the Attorney General’s Office. The FRC and I work to ensure human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives. As Attorney General – I will continue to do all I can to defend religious freedom, protect the sanctity of life, and support family values.”
It’s still a bit early for the heavy endorsement crush. We’ll expect that to begin in earnest this summer. But the endorsements are beginning to trickle in, and the recent news from Vitter and Landry continues a pattern of their bringing in support from lots of the state’s more well-known politicos.