We know this, because everybody’s endorsing the former state representative now that he’s in a runoff with Derrick Edwards, the Democrat in the race. The Louisiana GOP endorsed Schroder earlier this week, and in the last day he’s picked up support from both of Louisiana’s Senators.
Here was the statement the state party put out…
“John Schroder is running a fantastic campaign highlighting his conservative fiscal principles,” Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere said. “The Republican Party of Louisiana and I encourage all conservatives in Louisiana to unite and vote for John Schroder in November.”
John Schroder has exhibited a dedication to public service throughout his life, serving as a special agent in the United States Army, and as a Louisiana narcotics agent. Representing his St. Tammany Parish based district in the State House of Representatives since 2007, John Schroder has been a fighter for our conservative values. Louisiana voters have recognized this selfless dedication and have selected John Schroder to be the Republican candidate in the runoff for State Treasurer.
A vocal opponent to increasing taxes on Louisiana taxpayers, John Schroder has led the charge against Governor John Bel Edwards’ liberal tax and spend policies. John Schroder has been one of several leaders to push for an overhaul of the entire tax system for Louisiana and a more streamlined budgeting process.
“Louisiana is at a crossroads when it comes to its spending habits,” said Villere. “We need someone that we can trust to oversee taxpayer money and shout from the rooftops when it’s being doled out in an irresponsible manner. John Schroder is the fiscal watchdog that we need overseeing Louisiana’s Treasury Department.”
“John Schroder’s record and actions are a clear indication of how well he will serve the people of Louisiana as State Treasurer,” said Chairman Villere. “Republicans in Louisiana recognize the importance of the office of State Treasurer; and we know John Schroder will lead the office with honesty, integrity, and conservative principles.”
“With voter turnout, this past weekend, at less than 14%, and with the New Orleans mayoral runoff on the same November ballot, it is imperative that Republicans show up to vote on November 18th,” said Chairman Villere. “We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of the early voting period, and this election is too important for Republicans to stay home and take for granted. Republicans must encourage their friends and family members to get out and vote.”
John Kennedy endorsed Schroder on Sunday…
“With the state budget on a path to destruction, and a governor who thinks he can tax Louisiana into prosperity, we need a state treasurer who’s not afraid to speak his mind. I believe John Schroder will do that. He wants to put our state on a better financial path for our kids and our grandkids. I congratulate John on making the runoff. He has my full support in the weeks ahead.”
Here was Bill Cassidy’s statement this morning…
“John Schroder is a proven conservative leader who is focused on putting Louisiana taxpayers first. His experience and perspective from years in business and law enforcement will serve our state well,” Cassidy said. “I’m proud to announce my support for John to be our next Treasurer in the State of Louisiana. I will work to ensure he is elected on November 18th.”
Attorney General Jeff Landry also backed Schroder, and here’s what he said…
“Conservatives in the Legislature need fellow leaders to fight the Governor’s tax and waste policies,” said AG Landry. “John Schroder is the best candidate to help our efforts to rein in wasteful governement spending, lower taxes, and grow our economy.”
“Like me, John has experience in law enforcement – as a criminal investigator in the Army and as a narcotics detective in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office,” continued AG Landry. “This experience of investigating and seeking the truth will prove invaluable as John works to get past the Governor’s dishonest budgeting and fix the fiscal mess in Baton Rouge.”
Schroder already had some 100 public officials around the state endorsing him, and it’s probably just a matter of time before that includes the whole congressional delegation (minus Cedric Richmond) and all of the Republicans in the legislature.
None of which is unexpected, but it’s noteworthy given the failure of the various factions in the state Republican party to unite around its gubernatorial candidate in 2015. Kennedy managed to avoid that problem in last year’s Senate race, and it looks like Schroder has largely avoided it this year.
Maybe that era of factionalism inside the Republican Party in Louisiana is over.
For now, at least.