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April 13, 2014

Israel: Elements of Republican Base ‘Animated By Racism’

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday “not all” of his Republican colleagues are racist.

In a joint appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union“ with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon, the New York Democrat was asked by host Candy Crowley whether he agreed with recent comments by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that race played a factor in an immigration overhaul not being brought up for a vote in the House and whether he thought his GOP colleagues are racist.

“Not all of them, no, of course not,” Israel said. “But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that’s unfortunate.”

Asked if comments about race by Pelosi and Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as the “war on women” rhetoric from Democrats last week, were about getting the base out to vote in November, Israel said, “We don’t need to get our base out, because frankly, we’re ready to pass an immigration bill. We’d rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election.”

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:10 p.m.
DCCC, House 2014, La.-5, NRCC

April 7, 2014

Vance McAllister Kissing Video Could Prompt Flood of GOP Challengers

Vance McAllister Kissing Video Could Prompt Flood of GOP Challengers

McAllister invited Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty to be his State of the Union guest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister’s days in Congress could be numbered.

No matter whether the Louisiana Republican resigns after asking for forgiveness for an extramarital affair, Republican operatives said at least four members of his own party could look to challenge McAllister this fall.

In Louisiana, candidates have until Aug. 22 to file the necessary paperwork for a bid, and all candidates who qualify for the ballot run on Election Day in November. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the race kicks to a runoff in December between the two top vote recipients.

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” McAllister said in a statement. “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

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November 16, 2013

Newcomer McAllister Wins Special Election in Louisiana

GOP businessman Vance McAllister won a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District Saturday night, stunning the heir apparent in the contest to become the next member of Congress.

McAllister, a self-funding newcomer, defeated Republican state Sen. Neil Riser 58 percent to 42 percent, with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Riser had long been considered a shoo-in to win the special election to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned over the summer to take a post in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. Full story

November 13, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Cuts Ad for Louisiana House Hopeful

Willie Robertson, a reality television show celebrity on the popular “Duck Dynasty” series, will star in a new kind of program starting Thursday: a campaign television spot for Louisiana’s 5th District special election.

In the advertisement, Robertson proclaims his support for GOP businessman Vance McAllister, the underdog in Saturday’s contest.

“Hey this is Willie Robertson, reminding you to get out Saturday, Nov. 16 and vote for my good buddy Vance McAllister. Let’s send somebody from the 5th District who speaks for us to help turn Washington around,” Robertson says in the ad, produced by RedPrint Strategy.

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October 19, 2013

Riser, McAllister Advance to Runoff in Louisiana House Special Election

GOP state Sen. Neil Riser and Republican businessman Vance McAllister advanced to a runoff Saturday night in a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District, rising above a crowded field of 14 candidates from all over the political spectrum.

Riser received 33 percent, with 88 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. McAllister captured the second spot in the runoff, garnering 18 percent.

This is the contest to replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned in September to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet.

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October 18, 2013

Special Teams: The Louisiana House Special

In less than 24 hours, voters will go to the polls to choose a successor to former Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana’s 5th District.

Both state and national operatives are involved in the crowded field. The race is highly unpredictable and the possibility of a Democrat making the runoff is not altogether impossible. But because this seat is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call, CQ Roll Call profiled the teams behind the GOP campaigns.

Polls close at 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Saturday. The anticipated runoff will be Nov. 16.

Here is who is involved in the race, in alphabetical order by candidate: Full story

October 15, 2013

Special Election Whirlwind Week Starts Today

A week of rapid-fire congressional special elections kicks off Tuesday with a primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, followed by two more contests in the following days to fill vacant seats on Capitol Hill.

Both the Massachusetts contest and a special election primary in Louisiana’s 5th District on Saturday are taking place in safe Democratic and Republican seats respectively, leaving little chance for either party to flip a new seat into their column. Yet with crowded primary fields in both races, it’s not clear which candidates will emerge with the nominations.

There’s a third special election on Wednesday in New Jersey to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is favored to keep that seat in Democratic hands.

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October 8, 2013

Louisiana Republicans Report Special Election Fundraising

Two Republicans running in a crowded special election for Louisiana’s 5th District seat have each raised more than $560,000, according to reports filed recently with the Federal Elections Commission.

State Rep. Jay Morris raised $566,000 — which includes a $295,000 loan to his campaign — and reported $188,000 in cash on hand at the end of the pre-primary period. State Sen. Neil Riser raised $561,000 and reported $210,000 in cash on hand.

Riser and Morris are running to replace GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned from Congress to take a post in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration last month. They are two of 14 candidates running in the wide-open Oct. 19 special primary.

Other candidates who reported pre-primary fundraising hauls include:

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August 23, 2013

Fall Filled With Special Elections for House, Senate

Fall Filled With Special Elections for House, Senate

Alexander's resignation means yet another special election this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Are these elections really that “special” anymore?

Between now and Christmas, four different states will hold special elections for federal office: a Senate race in New Jersey, plus House elections in Alabama, Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Not special enough for you? Three special elections are scheduled over a four-day stretch in mid-October.

Here’s a look at the upcoming “special” election calendar:

New Jersey Senate

Reason for vacancy: The passing of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Safe Democrat
The field: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee, and conservative activist Steve Lonegan, the GOP nominee.
Primary election: Booker and Lonegan won their party nominations on Aug. 13.
General election: Oct. 16

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August 22, 2013

Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05

Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05

Cantor has endorsed a candidate in the special election to replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican state Sen. Neil Riser received the backing of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week in the special election to replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., according to a local news source.

Riser, who will seek the 5th District seat in the Oct. 19 special election, has also received endorsements from three Louisiana Republicans — John Fleming, Steve Scalise and Charles Boustany Jr.

Republican operatives consider Riser to be the front-runner in the crowded, 14-candidate field to replace Alexander, who resigned in August to take a position in Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

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August 9, 2013

Third Congressman Backs Republican in Louisiana Special Election #LA05

Third Congressman Backs Republican in Louisiana Special Election #LA05

Scalise is taking sides in a special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., endorsed GOP state Sen. Neil Riser in the special election race to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander.

“I served with Neil in the state legislature and have admired his strong leadership when it comes to defending Louisiana’s conservative values, protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, cutting wasteful spending and working to strengthen our economy,” Scalise said in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call from the Riser campaign on Friday. “I am confident Neil will bring those strong values and work ethic to Washington, and make an excellent Congressman for Louisiana’s Fifth District.” Full story

August 7, 2013

Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05

Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05

Jindal will choose when to have a special election for Alexander's House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

That was fast. Just hours after Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., announced he would leave Congress this week, several local pols publicly indicated their interest in running for the 5th District.

CQ Roll Call broke the news Wednesday afternoon that Alexander will accept an appointment as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. Alexander’s resignation will be effective Sept. 26, per a news release from Jindal’s office.

Jindal will set the special-election date, according to a spokeswoman in the Louisiana secretary of state’s office. She added that the governor has complete discretion on the timing of a special election as long as the date allows for overseas military ballots to be distributed.

In the meantime, Republicans floated the following names for Alexander’s seat:

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Louisiana Congressman to Endorse Candidate for Alexander’s Seat #LA05

Fewer than 24 hours after Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander announced his retirement, state Sen. Neil Riser is set to pick up an endorsement from Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

“I’m going to support him,” Fleming told CQ Roll Call. “He’s got a strong conservative voting record.” Full story

August 6, 2013

Rodney Alexander to Retire From Congress (Updated)

Rodney Alexander to Retire From Congress (Updated)

Alexander will be walking out the doors of Congress after this term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:49 p.m. | Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., will not seek a seventh term, according to an interview he gave The Monroe News-Star on Tuesday.

“I’ve represented the best people in the world; it’s been a privilege and I’ve enjoyed it,” Alexander told the paper. “But I never wanted to be in Washington all my life.” Full story

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