Republican Victories Mark the Beginning of a New Era

Last night, Dr. Bill Cassidy, Garrett Graves and Dr. Ralph Abraham handily won their respective races, marking the end of the 2014 campaign season and more importantly, the beginning of a new era in Louisiana politics. 

“This is a major milestone for the conservative movement in Louisiana,” LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere said. “We’ve fought tirelessly for decades to protect the unborn, properly define marriage, enact tort reform, strengthen our Second Amendment rights and give every child access to a quality education. Through it all, Louisiana has consistently and unquestionably rejected the liberal ideology of the Democrat Party. Democrats have become so out of touch with the people of Louisiana that they have forced themselves into irrelevance. There is a new dawn on the horizon and Louisiana’s future is looking brighter than ever before.”

Just ten years ago, Democrats held all statewide elected offices and had majorities in both legislatures. With Landrieu’s defeat, Republicans have majorities in both houses of the legislature, on the Public Service Commission, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Louisiana Supreme Court, all but one congressional seat and they now control every statewide elected office.

“Louisiana is well on its way to becoming red to the roots and we couldn’t have done it without the tireless work of countless conservative trailblazers who have come before us,” Villere said. “It is amazing that in just 42 years, a state that was completely controlled and dominated by Democrats at every conceivable level could now be such a Republican stronghold, especially if you look at the progress made just in the last decade. When Treen was elected as governor in 1979, only 3 percent of the state's voters were Republican. Today, nearly 30 percent of registered voters are members of the GOP, almost a 10-fold increase.”

Governor Bobby Jindal said, “Congratulations to Bill Cassidy, Garret Graves, and Ralph Abraham. Tonight, Louisianians rejected the rigid liberal ideology of President Obama and Mary Landrieu. Mary Landrieu and the President were both elected on the same day six years ago to bring hope and change to Washington. Instead, they brought the most liberal approach to governing this country has ever seen – from the government takeover of health care, to a nearly $18 trillion national debt, to a weakening of American power and prestige internationally. The President was right, his policies were on the ballot this year, and Mary Landrieu is those policies’ latest victim.”

“It is exciting to join the ranks in Congress with one of the largest Republican margins in history,” Dr. Ralph Abraham said. “We must remember that true leadership lies in taking action, which the voters across our nation have now entrusted us with. We must work to deliver on our campaign promises and put America back on track.”

Posted on December 7, 2014 .