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Campbell Ad Features Governor

Caroline Fayard came out swinging against John Kennedy in Tuesday’s debate.

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Andrea Drusch
Oct. 19, 2016, 11:04 a.m.

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D) launched a new TV ad featuring Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who says he endorsed Campbell months ago and hopes that together they can “raise the minimum wage,” “pay women the same that we pay men,” and “continue to make health care available and affordable for everybody.” (release)

DEBATE NIGHT. “In the Louisiana Senate race’s first televised debate, [New Orleans Attorney] Caroline Fayard (D) delivered perhaps the most direct blow of the evening Tuesday when she took on the race’s presumptive leader, Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy (R). She chastised him as the lone vote on the Bond Commission against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) attempt to refinance state bond debt to save money in the health care and education sectors.” Fayard: “This means you either continue to support the destructive policies of Bobby Jindal, or despite being so-called the top financial person in our state, you don’t know what you’re doing … Which is it?”

“Kennedy answered by saying he opposed Jindal’s financial policies, too, but did not directly answer her question. … Kennedy was a prime target, strengthening his case that he was in the lead.”

“Rep. John Fleming (R-04) repeated his mantra that his politics are the most conservative in the field, and also blasted Kennedy and Boustany at almost every opportunity. Fayard also pivoted to attack Campbell as the two Democrats jockey for a spot in the Dec. 10 runoff.”

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-03) “pressed that he had the most experience in Congress among the candidates and had the ability to work across the political aisle despite that, if elected, he would be a freshman senator.”

“Another memorable exchange again pitted Campbell against Kennedy. When Kennedy said he had convinced the Legislature to put money from the tobacco settlement into an education trust fund, Campbell jumped in. He said he was in the Legislature at that time and that Kennedy, as treasurer had no vote on that. Kennedy responded that he had worked convincing lawmakers not to oppose it.” (New Orleans Times Picayune)

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