Rolfe McCallister is an old ally of Bobby Jindal. The Jindal machine is backing Charles Boustany for the U.S. Senate seat.
Today in the Baton Rouge Business Report, McCallister took some shots at front-runner John Kennedy over the prostitution attacks he’s making on Boustany. Here’s some of what he had to say.
Is state Treasurer John Kennedy taking a page from the playbook of his pal, Sen. David Vitter, by being a hypocrite and willing to say anything to win another election? As the race is tightening up and Kennedy’s lead shrinks, Kennedy seems to be reacting to the pressure as Vitter did last year. The Advocate reports that Kennedy “won’t back off asking about allegations that his opponent in the U.S. Senate race was allegedly involved with prostitutes.”
[…]But in 2015, Kennedy endorsed Vitter over Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle, saying, “I’ve always known David to be a bold leader who will take on the tough issues and not back down. … That’s exactly who David is and why I’m strongly supporting him to be our next governor.” Character isn’t an issue in leadership? Big mistake for Kennedy. Vitter was the only candidate who lacked “the character” to win the governor’s office for Republicans and conservatives. Now, all of a sudden, Kennedy wants to make “character” the issue.
Vitter didn’t admit his guilt until 2007. I wonder how “Democrat Kennedy” would have used this information had he known it when he ran against Republican Vitter for the Senate in 2004? That’s right, Kennedy has a history of hypocrisy. He was a liberal Dem and endorsed Sen. Mary Landrieu before he became a “conservative Republican” and lost a race against Landrieu—and then endorsed Vitter for governor, who lost. And you wonder why people have such a low opinion of politicians?
Kennedy ran a biographical ad for treasurer last year pushing an “outsider” image with voters. He said, “I’m not part of the club.” Fact is, though he keeps it a secret from the voters, he and Vitter are on the board of directors of the club and have lifetime memberships. Both may speak slowly, but both are extremely intelligent—and often play the voters for “dumb.”
We all know politics has become vicious and nasty, and families and children are affected. It is very sad. Boustany’s wife, Bridget, said of her husband and his innocence, “He’s a good man, a loving husband, and an incredible father to our two children.”
This recent episode in the Senate campaign reveals two things. First, Kennedy is a hypocrite and acting like a typical, ol’ time political insider, like Vitter, willing to do or say whatever he needs to in order to win. And secondly, his actions in 2015 and 2016—and before—reveal more about his character than anyone else’s.
Boustany and his allies know that they have a better chance at knocking Kennedy out of the runoff than trying to beat him in it. Over the next few weeks, they will try to push down Kennedy’s high favorable rating and drag him through the mud. It’s their only chance to win this race.
Charles Boustany knows he would have a much easier time facing off against either of the two leading Democrats or John Fleming. Boustany can move to the center while painting either of those three as extremists. He can’t do that with the folksy Kennedy.