The Republican Party of Louisiana today announced its official endorsement of Representative Bill Cassidy in this fall’s United States Senate race.
“If Louisiana goes Republican this fall, the Senate will go Republican – and Bill Cassidy is just the kind of conservative to make sure that happens,” Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere said. “With a strong candidate like Dr. Cassidy and a united state party behind him, I have every confidence we will be successful this fall.”
Cassidy is the leading challenger to Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu has struggled to gain traction leading up to this election. She recently registered an all-time low approval rating, and she has repeatedly come up empty on securing approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"The Louisiana Republican Party understands that now is the time to end Senator Landrieu's rubber stamp once and for all,” Cassidy said. “I'm honored to have Chairman Villere and the party's support, and our campaign needs it. We need every extra ounce of elbow grease we can get to take on President Obama's Energy Chair and the liberal machine behind her. The era of politics for media games is over. Louisianans want solutions, and Louisiana values represented in the U.S. Senate."
The last time the LAGOP endorsed a candidate in a statewide race prior to a runoff election was in 2007 when the party threw its support behind then-Rep. Bobby Jindal in his gubernatorial election. Cassidy’s endorsement by the state party’s executive committee came without opposition. With the endorsement, Cassidy’s campaign will have access to state party resources and personnel.
Villere’s prepared remarks are below.
REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY
ROGER VILLERE – RLC 5/31
I’m Roger Villere, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana. It is always an honor and a thrill to host the Republican Leadership Conference here in our great state.
We’re here together at a troubling time in our nation’s history. We face many great challenges –
- Obamacare and all that goes with it;
- Bureaucratic regulations that kill jobs, stifle growth, keep millions stuck in a search for work that just isn’t there and put us at the doorstep of recession yet again;
- Spiraling spending and debt that will leave our children with bills they can’t possibly pay;
- And the creeping threat of government intrusion into our homes, our schools and our churches
Behind all of this is an administration that passes the buck at every opportunity and a Democrat Senate led by Harry Reid that refuses to hold them accountable.
But I have to say -- being around a group of motivated, energetic conservatives like this for the last few days, I am as confident as ever that we’re in for some big wins this fall, and by next year, the page will turn, a new chapter will open and Harry Reid will no longer be the Senate Majority Leader!
We’ve got a part to play in that fight here in Louisiana. As you might have heard – Mary Landrieu is in the fight of her life.
She is going to try to duck and dodge her record – We won’t let her.
Senator Landrieu will have to answer to the voters of Louisiana for why she voted for ObamaCare -- why she votes 95 percent of the time with a president that only got 40 percent of the vote in her state.
And in a state like ours that relies on the energy community, she’ll have to answer for why she can’t deliver the Keystone Pipeline and continues to stand by Harry Reid even when he takes every opportunity he can find to kick the energy community in the teeth.
She’ll have a hard time answering these questions – and she knows it. Poll after poll shows Mary Landrieu can be beat. But being vulnerable in May or June or July does not equal defeat in November or December.
Even though the winds of change are at our back, it won’t be easy.
Mary Landrieu has many advantages: She is a sitting Senator. People in every corner of the state know her name and her family. And she has the full support and might of the Democrat establishment machine behind her.
In the coming weeks and months, that Democrat machine, led by President Obama and Harry Reid, will make it their top priority to save Mary Landrieu.
See, they know what we know: that if Louisiana goes Republican this fall, the Senate will go Republican. And if that happens, the jig is up – for the big spending, the President’s liberal, job-killing agenda and, most importantly, for ObamaCare.
We have our shot in front of us, but we can’t afford to miss this opportunity. We need our strongest team on the field, with every possible advantage behind them.
In Louisiana, we have a unique electoral system. Since we don’t have traditional primaries, big, crowded fields of candidates are not uncommon. Because of this, it is extremely rare for the state party to pick among Republican candidates and make an endorsement. It’s happened only a few times recently – the last time in 2007 when the L-A-G-O-P endorsed then-Representative Bobby Jindal in the race for governor.
I’m happy to say we have a pretty good track record in picking conservatives and picking winners, and for a good reason: the candidates we endorse are all strong conservatives with a proven ability to draw support from across a broad segment of the state.
Today, we are fortunate enough to have another candidate worthy of our endorsement.
Eight years ago, I sat down with a doctor from Baton Rouge who was thinking about running for the state senate to make a difference in his community.
That doctor is Bill Cassidy, and Bill Cassidy is the type of man we need in the U.S. Senate.
Bill has given of himself many times before – tending to patients at a charity hospital in Baton Rouge for three decades. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he answered the call to service – setting up a surge hospital in a K-Mart to help those who had had their lives turned upside down.
As a legislator, he has amassed a solid conservative record: 100 percent ratings from the National Right to Life, the Family Research Council, N-F-I-B, the Chamber of Commerce and an A rating from the N-R-A.
As I was saying before, It is an extraordinary move for our state party to endorse a candidate. But because of who he is and what he’s done, Bill has the support of an overwhelming majority of our state central committee. For that reason, I’m happy to announce our executive committee recently voted – without opposition – to put the full support and resources of the Republican Party of Louisiana behind Dr. Bill Cassidy in this fall’s Senate election.
He is our nominee, and he’s going to be our next Senator.
Please help me welcome, Dr. Bill Cassidy!!!