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A Rundown of the State Races in Next Week's Election
Once again, the democratic process threatens to interrupt football and infiltrate our neutral grounds next Saturday, as elections will decide races across the state that settle old scores, and the effects of the map-slicing the legislature pulled off during redistricting.
Nods and Ends: Lieutenant Gov Candidates Dial Mardi Gras World, LSU Sports
When it comes to endorsements, the rotary club just won't do for the two Republicans running for lieutenant governor. Billy Nungesser, the challenger for the state's no. 2 post, has gone country and he's gone Costner. But earnest folksiness and the enviroment (specifically: water) will only go so far in this state. So, with the campaign against Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne entering the stretch run, the campaign wheeled out the original Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, Sr. But it ain't even Twelfth Night yet so forget the floats. Kern's dynamite endorsement comes in front of a Saints helmet! Video and Dardenne gets his own celeb after the jump.
Billy Nungesser's Art House Campaign Ad
Billy Nungesser is no stranger to left-field tactics from behind the camera. During the Big Oozy, he was known to deploy the old "get-really-mad-and-red-in-the-face," or the even older, "get-really-mad-and-just-start-swearing." Now that he's running for lieutenant governor, though, Nungesser seems to feel that it's time to diversify. He's already pulled out the "get-a-country-music-singer-to-get-heartfelt-for-me." For his latest TV spot, "Other People's Money," it was apparently time to go all arty.
The Lieutenant Governor's Race Goes Neggy
The governor's race is a real snooze, unless you like watching Bobby Jindal talk over gratutiously patriotic music. But when it comes to the state's no. 2 seat, the calvaries are circling the wagons on all fronts. Not least of these is TV (and, by extension, the Interwebs), where potshots at your opponent are guaranteed to be viewed by the football-watching public (so..everyone). Click through to see the poke checks Jay Dardenne and Billy Nungesser have lobbed at each other so far.
Billy Nungesser Running for Lieutenant Governor
If you've felt a void because this year's summer nights haven't been filled with Billy Nungesser heating things up on CNN, pine no more. The Plaquemines Parish president officially announced his run for lieutenant governor today. In order to win the state's number two seat this fall, the Republican and occasional pop-top will have to challenge fellow GOPer and current lieutenant gov Jay Dardenne in the primary. With recent visibility and paternal pedigree (his daddy was a Republican leader in the days when the Democrats ruled the Bayou State), Nungesser seems poised to mount a formidable challenge.
Nungesser Might Run for Lieutenant Gov
Billy Nungesser's face gets pretty red when he's in front of the camera, but it's not due to shyness. Ever since the Big Oozy left the headlines, though, the glare of the spotlight that was once so omnipresent has now receded. So, Nungesser has decided to raise some money for a media campaign. Oh ya, and he's thinking about running for lieutenant governor, too. But nothing's official yet. You should still give him money, though!
Showing that she's serious about spending a lot of money in her campaign for lieutenant gov, the novice-yet-blue-blooded Caroline Fayard has so far outspent state Secretary of State Jay Dardenne after raising a total of $1.4 million in the race - including a $440,000 loan to herself. Bet the interest will be nice! The blue support doesn't only come from her veins, as Fayard received a solid investment of about $430,000 from the state Democratic Party for advertising. Dardenne, meanwhile, has raised $1.5 million total, but still trails in spending. We're hoping he's planning to use it for a pre-election rally in the CajunDome with campaign X-factor and defeated Republican rival Sammy Kershaw.
The Votes Are In
With another edition of crunk time in the books, we can now turn our attention to the topic that takes up that sliver of civic-oriented brain space unoccupied by Saints arcana: local politics. The results are in on yesterday's elections, and we've got the full rundown on a smattering of races we've been paying attention to after the jump.
Vote or Fry?
It's a month before Election Day. You know what that means, Louisiana! It's time for... elections! Of the state and local variety, that is. Political wizards say fully less than 20 percent of you will go to the polls tomorrow to vote on a steaming gumbo of yokel issues and candidates. And, as ever, there are distractions, what with the opening of squirrel hunting season. More on the races after the jump.
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