Is John Kennedy Using The U.S. Senate To Beat On JBE And Run For Governor In 2019?

Yesterday, Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) announced his Senate committee assignments. Kennedy was placed on committees that will oversee flood recovery and Obamacare repeal. They’re also prime seats from which to take potshots at Governor John Bel Edwards before 2019.

Here’s the press release:

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) was named Tuesday to several key subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.  His assignments will give him a role in issues important to the future of Louisiana, including comprehensive flood protection, disaster recovery and implementing the repeal of Obamacare.

He was assigned to:

– Energy and Water Development, which has jurisdiction over flood protection, coastal restoration and dredging for navigation.

– Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over providing for disaster recovery and ensuring the National Flood Insurance Program is sufficiently funded.

– Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over funding for anti-crime programs and fisheries.

– Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.

– Legislative Branch, which funds the operations of Congress and safeguards taxpayer money.

“I am in Washington to represent Louisiana businesses and families.  These subcommittee assignments will allow me to fight for adequate flood recovery funding and to accelerate the overturn of Obamacare,” said Sen. Kennedy.

If Kennedy decides to run for governor, he could do it without putting his Senate seat in jeopardy. He’s not up again until 2022. Plus if Kennedy wins, he could appoint his successor. Fundraising would be much easier as a U.S. Senator as opposed to a state Treasurer.

Kennedy has proven that he can actually win a statewide election for more than just Treasurer, surely the Governor’s Mansion is tempting him.



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