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Times-Picayune Editorial Board Endorses Vitter

Vitter releases an ad featuring his son.

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Zach Montellaro
Nov. 16, 2015, 9:53 a.m.

The ed­it­or­i­al board of The Times-Pi­cay­une en­dorsed Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter (R).

The ed­it­or­i­al board: “Sen. Vit­ter has a de­tailed plan to bring sta­bil­ity to the budget. He prom­ises to call a spe­cial ses­sion of the Le­gis­lature to start the new year. He wants to re­move pro­tec­tions on most spend­ing cat­egor­ies in the budget, which would al­low more flex­ib­il­ity in mak­ing cuts and take pres­sure off high­er edu­ca­tion and health care. He also plans to do a cost-be­ne­fit ana­lys­is of tax cred­its, ex­emp­tions and de­duc­tions and weed out those that don’t make fin­an­cial sense. He wants to put a sun­set pro­vi­sion on all tax cred­its to re­quire an auto­mat­ic re­view and re­quire a two-thirds vote of the Le­gis­lature for new tax cred­its and oth­er spend­ing meas­ures.” (New Or­leans Times-Pi­cay­une)

NEW ADS. Vit­ter re­leased an ad fea­tur­ing his son, Jack, say­ing “wheth­er or not you vote for him, we love our Dad be­cause he is a great Dad. And he’ll be an awe­some gov­ernor.” (re­lease)

 The Louisi­ana Fed­er­a­tion for Chil­dren PAC also re­leased an ad that cri­ti­cizes Ed­wards for want­ing to end the School Choice Pro­gram. (The Hayride)

AN EARLY LEAD? A high­er turnout in early voters when com­pared to the Oc­to­ber primary is likely good news for state Rep. John Bel Ed­wards (D).

Ed Cher­venak, Uni­versity of New Or­leans Sur­vey Re­search Cen­ter dir­ect­or: “If we dare make any as­sump­tions from the early vot­ing num­bers, it would be that this trend in the num­bers is more fa­vor­able to … Ed­wards. … The fact that Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans and re­gistered Demo­crats have boos­ted their num­bers to a great­er ex­tent than whites and re­gistered Re­pub­lic­ans be­ne­fits Ed­wards.”

“Ana­lysts said the early vot­ing re­port shows a high­er par­ti­cip­a­tion among voters re­gistered in the Demo­crat­ic Party, par­tic­u­larly among Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans, as well as heav­ier vot­ing in lar­ger, more urb­an­ized par­ishes.” (Bat­on Rouge Ad­voc­ate)

SOME OUT­SIDE HELP. Vit­ter’s cam­paign got a boost from pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Sen. Rick San­tor­um (R-PA) in the form of two pre-re­cor­ded rob­ocalls.

The calls are an at­tempt to gal­van­ize Louisi­ana’s con­ser­vat­ive voters to go out and vote.

San­tor­um’s call: “I must ad­mit I am ap­palled. Just last week, a group of Chris­ti­an churches, the Fam­ily For­um, hos­ted a gubernat­ori­al for­um and in­vited both can­did­ates. Only Dav­id Vit­ter at­ten­ded. Demo­crat John Bel Ed­wards can­celled an ap­pear­ance at the state’s pro-life de­bate in fa­vor of at­tend­ing a voter drive held at a risqué adult hip-hop nightclub in New Or­leans. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

Vit­ter’s spokes­man said he be­lieves that a call from Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-FL) could also be in the works. (Na­tion­al Journ­al)

BIG SPEND­ING. Spend­ing for the gov­ernor’s race have reached nearly $31 mil­lion as of Nov. 1, ac­cord­ing to dis­clos­ures filed with the state. The total in­cludes spend­ing from the can­did­ates’ cam­paigns and the su­per PACs that sup­port them.

“The most ex­pens­ive gubernat­ori­al race on re­cord was the 2007 elec­tion, in which the four ma­jor can­did­ates spent about $32 mil­lion.” (Bat­on Rouge Ad­voc­ate)

There has also been a re­cord num­ber of PACs re­gistered in Louisi­ana this year. There’s been a total of 281 PACs re­gistered and 58 newly re­gistered ones, up from 233 and 33 re­spect­ively a dec­ade ago. (Great­er Bat­on Rouge Busi­ness Re­port)

NO REFUGEES. Vit­ter is­sued a state­ment call­ing for an im­me­di­ate stop to flow of Syr­i­an refugees in­to Louisi­ana.

Vit­ter: “Obama wants to let 10,000 Syr­i­an refugees in­to the U.S., and a lot of them are already com­ing in­to Louisi­ana. I want to make sure that the people en­ter­ing our coun­try are ex­actly who they say they are – not IS­IS ter­ror­ists.” (The Hayride)

Ed­wards also called for a “pause [in] the in­flux of refugees flow­ing in­to our state without more in­form­a­tion on the se­cur­ity meas­ures in place.” (WBRZ)

HEAR­ING VOTERS’ STRUGGLES. Both can­did­ates heard about the struggles Louisi­ana voters face in a for­um held by the group To­geth­er Louisi­ana, which is a co­ali­tion of vari­ous re­li­gious and civic or­gan­iz­a­tions.

“They out­lined struggles with qual­ity edu­ca­tion and health­care, as well as poor ac­cess to good roads and health­ful foods.” (WWL)

DE­BATE ME. Vit­ter cri­ti­cized Ed­wards for only agree­ing to take part in two tele­vised de­bates.

“Vit­ter now is ac­cus­ing Ed­wards of can­celing on a tele­vised de­bate that had been planned next week. The or­gan­izer, Ray­com Me­dia, says Ed­wards re­jec­ted an in­vit­a­tion to be there. Ed­wards said he has only ever agreed to two that he knew about be­fore the Oct. 24 primary.” Vit­ter and Ed­wards have ap­peared to­geth­er at mul­tiple for­ums across the state.

Vit­ter also faced cri­ti­cism dur­ing the Re­pub­lic­an primary for not ap­pear­ing in enough de­bates. (Bat­on Rouge Ad­voc­ate)

BUSI­NESS BACK­ERS. “The power­ful Louisi­ana As­so­ci­ation of Busi­ness and In­dustry, which rarely en­dorses can­did­ates for gov­ernor, has lined up be­hind Vit­ter, along with a long list of PACs rep­res­ent­ing busi­ness in­terests.”

“The groups point to tax, edu­ca­tion and civil lit­ig­a­tion is­sues as driv­ing them to choose Vit­ter over Ed­wards.” (Bat­on Rouge Ad­voc­ate)

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