The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Republican Jay Dardenne crossed party lines today to endorse Democrat John Bel Edwards in the runoff election against Senator David Vitter.
Dardenne, who netted 15 percnt of the vote in the "jungle primary, declared, "The Republican brand has been damaged by the failed leadership of Bobby Jindal during this last term. David Vitter's governorship will further damage that brand as I and others have pointed out during the campaign. I cannot and will not sit idly by and refuse to speak truth to power."
The endorsement provided a temporary reprieve from the Alabama agme hype on LSU's Baton Rouge campuse. Dardenne, a former student body president, returned to his alma mater to make the announcement. Press crowded into "Free Speech Alley" by the student center for the joint announcement.
Dardenne, Edwards, and Scott Angelle were all subject to a vicous mud-slinging campaign by the Vitter Camp. Angelle has not spoken out about his support for either of the remaining candidates.
Vitter picked up an endorsement from former governor Mike Foster yesterday.