The Ouachita Citizen is reporting that the race for Louisiana governor is likely to become even more crowded, as at least two Democrats have recently made indications that they’re considering challenging Governor Blanco.
Foster Campbell, a Democrat from Elm Grove and the Louisiana State Public Service Commissioner, has hired political consultant George Kennedy, a sign that Campbell is “dead serious about taking on the governor and Jindal.”
It is also being reported that Jim Bernhard, CEO of the Shaw Group and former head of the state Democratic Party, is also considering a run, which, according to the article, could pose significant fundraising problems for Governor Blanco.
A Bernhard candidacy spells big trouble for Blanco. It spells trouble for the governor on the fund-raising front and among white voters who supported the lady from Lafayette four years ago because they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a man of color. That being Jindal.
For months many of Blanco’s key financial backers in the governor’s race four years ago acknowledged privately that they didn’t think the governor could beat Jindal under any circumstances. Those heavy hitters have been holding out hope that another white Democrat (besides Campbell) would get into the race and force Blanco to the sidelines, thus freeing them up to place their bets on a horse they feel they can do business with down the road.
Bernhard would fill that void.
Bernhard, states the article, may also pose problems for Representative Jindal. But don’t count Campbell out either:
While a Bernhard candidacy will garner headlines for awhile and most likely will overshadow Jindal’s pending announcement, don’t underestimate Campbell. The former state senator, outspoken to say the least, made a name for himself years ago by repeatedly calling for a processing tax on foreign oil, a tax that never stood a chance of being approved by the Legislature in the face of stiff opposition from the oil and gas industry. The gentlemen in alligator shoes, as Campbell tagged lobbyists for the oil industry, beat him at every turn.