In a statement Thursday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) said he would not compete for Louisiana’s open Senate seat. The news came as a disappointment to Democrats, who have grown more hopeful about their chances for the seat after a stunning win in the governor’s race last month.
Landrieu: “We are in the midst of one of the greatest comeback stories this country has ever seen, but my work here in New Orleans is not yet done. … I believe I can best serve our people by finishing the job I started five and a half years ago. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016.” (release)
Now atop Democrats’ recruitment list: Former Rep. Don Cazayoux (D), who won a special election in 2008, but served less than a year in the House before he was defeated by now-Sen. Bill Cassidy (R). State Sen. Gary Smith (D), “who could at least partly self-fund his bid in the beginning.” And Caroline Fayard (D), “a Democrat who ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, is also said to be looking at next year’s Senate race.” (LaPolitics Weekly)