A Democrat Begins Senate Campaign in Louisiana


Vitter suffered his first political loss this past weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Vitter’s loss, a number of Republicans and now one Democrat want his seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer, said Thursday she will run for Senate in Louisiana — the first Democrat to enter the race, which already features five Republicans.

“Politicians in Washington and Baton Rouge are fighting over things that just don’t matter,” she said while announcing her campaign, adding that she sees herself as part of a “new generation of leadership” needed in Congress.

Fayard, whose wealthy family has donated generously to Democrats there in the past, ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 but lost to Republican Jay Dardenne. In 2011, she also considered challenging Republican  Gov. Bobby Jindal, but a campaign never came to be after she made her now infamous comment, “I hate Republicans. … They eat their young.”

After Republican Sen. David Vitter’s loss in the governor’s race to a Democrat in November — a loss that preceded his announcement that he would not seek re-election — some Democrats in Louisiana wondered aloud whether they could replicate that victory this November.

But at least one high-profile candidate, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, has already said he will not run for the seat, which is rated Safe Repubilcan by the Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

Shortly after Vitter lost, two lawmakers — Republican Reps. Charles Boustany Jr., and John Fleming — announced their campaigns for the seat. They were soon followed by State Treasurer John Kennedy, Air Force veteran Rob Manes and former Rep. Joseph Cao.

In Louisiana, a place known for its so-called “jungle primary,” all of the candidates — Democrats and Republicans — will appear on the same ballot on Nov. 8. If no candidate gets more than half the vote, the race could go to a December runoff.

Contact Yokley at EliYokley@RollCall.com and on Twitter at @EYokley.

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