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May 6, 2014

Republican Dance Studio Owner Mulls House Bid in Louisiana

Republican Dance Studio Owner Mulls House Bid in Louisiana
Cassidy is running for Senate in Louisiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican state Rep. Lenar Whitney, an account executive and dance studio owner, is mulling a bid for Louisiana’s 6th District, according to multiple GOP operatives.

Whitney did not immediately return request for comment on her plans. But if she enters the contest, she becomes the ninth Republican in the open-seat race to replace Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

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March 17, 2014

Edwin Edwards Kicks Off House Bid in Louisiana

Disgraced former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who served eight years in federal prison for racketeering and extortion, formally launched a bid for Congress on Monday.

The 86-year-old Democrat unveiled his intentions last month to seek the open 6th District seat, but he made it official Monday with a colorful news conference, during which he laid out his policy agenda and reasons why he is giving elected office another go.

“I did not vote for Obama — where I was at the time there were no voting machines,” Edwards said, referring to his time in jail, garnering laughter from the room. “But I would not have voted for Obamacare.”

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February 21, 2014

The Slowest House Race of 2014

In the last few weeks, congressional hopefuls have piled into newly open House seats across the country, climbing over each other for a head start and their best shot in decades to ascend to Capitol Hill.

Except for one: The Pelican State’s 6th District has experienced a remarkably slow start, even for Louisiana, and especially for safe GOP territory filled with ambitious local Republican politicians. Full story

January 2, 2014

Report: Edwin Edwards Mulls Congressional Bid

Report: Edwin Edwards Mulls Congressional Bid

Cassidy is gearing up for a Senate run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Disgraced former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who spent eight years in federal prison after being convicted of a litany of racketeering, extortion and money laundering charges, is mulling a bid for Louisiana’s 6th District, according to a local report.

Edwards, 86, is allegedly considering a bid for the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy because he believes the field on both sides of the aisle is weak, according to the Hay Ride, a Louisiana politics blog.

Three Republicans are currently running in the open-seat contest: state Sen. Dan Claitor, businessman Paul Dietzel and attorney Cassie Felder. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Republican, is also considering a bid.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 2:33 p.m.
House 2014, La.-6, Really?

December 17, 2013

Herman Cain to Campaign for Louisiana House Candidate

Herman Cain to Campaign for Louisiana House Candidate

Cain is campaigning for a House candidate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former GOP presidential hopeful and businessman Herman Cain will help kick off Republican Paul Dietzel’s campaign for Louisiana’s 6th District next month, according to a release from the candidate’s campaign.

Dietzel is running in the open 6th District, which is being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. The congressman is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landreiu in 2014.

“Paul’s business experience, energy and passion for service are much needed assets in Congress,” Cain said in a news release announcing his upcoming appearance at the Jan. 17 event. “It is time for the next generation of conservatives to lead.”

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October 10, 2013

Family Research Council President Eyes House Bid

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is considering a bid in Louisiana’s open 6th District, he confirmed through a spokesman to CQ Roll Call on Thursday.

Perkins, a former state legislator and fervent opponent to same-sex marriage, would be running to succeed GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in 2014.

“I can confirm for you that Tony hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running,” FRC spokesman Darin Miller said in a statement on Thursday.

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May 2, 2013

First Republican Enters Race for Cassidy’s House Seat #LA06

The grandson of a former champion Louisiana State University football coach is the first Republican to enter the race for the Bayou State’s open 6th District.

Republican Paul Dietzel, a first-time candidate who owns a Baton Rouge, La.-based software company, announced Thursday his candidacy for the seat of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate.

“Our country needs new leadership and new ideas, and I’m running for Congress to bring that fresh perspective we need,” Dietzel said.

He is likely to have plenty of company once the state legislative session ends.

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Remainders: Conservatives Buy Airtime for Mark Sanford

Here’s what you might have missed “At the Races” on Thursday …
  • #IASEN: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will not run for Senate and has encouraged Republican Rep. Steve King to seek the open seat instead.
  • #MTSEN: EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock confirmed her interest in a bid for Senate.
  • #MISEN: Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich. discussed his Senate campaign in an interview with CQ Roll Call.
  • #MI14: Several Detroit-area Democrats are positioning to run for Peters’ seat including his primary foe from 2012, former Rep. Hansen Clarke.

What we’re mulling on Thursday…

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April 21, 2013

Republicans Eye Bill Cassidy’s Seat #LA06 | The Field

Republicans Eye Bill Cassidys Seat #LA06 | The FieldLandry doesn’t live in the 6th District currently, but that might not stop him from seeking the seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Editor’s Note: The field is a new, reoccurring series that examines the political landscape in specific House or Senate races. Want to read about the field for a particular district or state? We take requests: Tweet @rollcall with #thefield or email us at politics@cqrollcall.com.

Rep. Bill Cassidy’s, R-La., decision this month to challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu opened a highly desirable district for ambitious Republicans, including a former congressman.

According to GOP sources, there are several Republicans seriously considering running for the 6th District, which President Barack Obama lost by 34 points last year. The district is based in Baton Rouge, but it stretches arms out in several directions, including into the outskirts of New Orleans.

The field of potential Republican candidates could be long, though several of the following people are based in Baton Rouge. It’s unlikely they would all attempt to run from the same home turf. The list includes: Full story

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