Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-05) announced Thursday he will challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).
Abraham will hold a formal campaign launch on January 1, 2019. He was a general family doctor before becoming a member of Congress. He is the second Republican to announce candidacy following Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone (R). (release)
Abraham, in an interview: "Louisiana deserves better than what she currently has. I'm seeing businesses leaving and a governor who has been focused on raising taxes. I intend to do something about that."
Edwards responded to Abraham's entrance in a statement: "On Monday, Rep. Abraham said he couldn’t launch a campaign for governor because it would distract him from important work on the Farm Bill, soybean crisis, looming government shutdown, flood insurance expiration and other issues the people of Louisiana have entrusted him to handle on their behalf," Edwards said. "None of those issues have been resolved. Now, just a few days later, he’s abandoning those responsibilities along with the congressional office he was re-elected to exactly one month ago. For the sake of the people of Louisiana, it is my hope that he seriously considers whether or not he is capable of running for governor while fulfilling his duties in Washington, D.C."
"Among other Republicans still publicly considering a run include state Treasurer John Schroder (R) and state Sen. Sharon Hewitt (R)." (Monroe News Star)