Sources close to the Louisiana Republican Party have told The Hayride that the party will endorse former Congressman Jeff Landry for Attorney General after Saturday’s Republican State Central Committee meeting. LA GOP sources confirm to The Hayride that Landry has received the written support of a majority of members of the RSCC, which is necessary to trigger an official party endorsement.
As of right now, the LA GOP has not officially endorsed anyone in the Attorney General’s race, but will endorse on Saturday after the expected passage of a motion by the majority of RSCC members to do so. This is a major blow to incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to have his own party endorse his challenger. We cannot recall the last time the LA GOP has refused to endorse an incumbent in their race.
On other hand, it is a major victory for Landry. Throughout the campaign, Landry has positioned himself as a conservative alternative to Caldwell. Landry has seized on constant allegations of corruption in Caldwell’s office. Caldwell has also angered the business community by being seen as favoring trial lawyers.
Landry has recently won endorsements from most of the Republican Congressional delegation including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Family Research Center President Tony Perkins, and Rick Santorum. Caldwell, on the other hand, has drawn fire from conservatives for backing Democrats such as State Rep. Barbara Norton and Mary Landrieu.
Now that the Louisiana Republican Party is preparing to endorse Landry, more public officials and groups are expected to jump on board the Landry bandwagon. In particular are lawmakers and PACs aligned with business and energy interests. Landry has also led in fundraising for the majority of the campaign. The money lead will now surely grow as support for Landry grows.