The Red Bayou Show, Episode 77 – Featuring Lionel Rainey

Political consultant and strategist Lionel Rainey joined Scott McKay and Brian Haldane to talk about a variety of issues within the world of politics. The guys start by talking about Rainey’s most recent race where he helped attorneyJohn Stefanski of Crowley get elected to the state house in District 42. The guys ask if that race could be a foreshadowing of the pulse of Louisiana when it comes to any new proposed taxes from the Governor. They also talked about his work with John Kennedy’s Senate race, but the real discussion starts when they dive into the nuts and bolts of political races in general.

Lionel “pulls back the curtain” in answering questions about how much you “handle” a candidate. He takes a deep dive into the struggles of getting candidates to stay on message. He covers how you make sure your candidate is accurately represented in the media as well as a few other gems and nuggets from a first person perspective of running campaigns on different levels.

Since Lionel was the voice of the St. George movement, the guys spend a little time discussing the current state of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. Lionel shares his thoughts on what has improved, what has regressed, and what needs to be done in order for Baton Rouge to remain vibrant.

Before letting Rainey go, Brian asks him how an Alabama transplant finds himself engulfed in Louisiana politics. Lionel shares his story of the struggles it takes to break through and the rewards of working with the people of this state.

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