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February 14, 2016

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.

His potential bid was first reported by a local blog in Louisiana.

“I’ve been encouraged by many people to consider getting in and I’m thinking about it,” Perkins told LaPolitics. “It’s an attractive prospect to be closer to home.”

If Perkins enters the race, it would not be his first congressional bid. He ran an unsuccessful Senate campaign in Louisiana in 2002, finishing in fourth place in a top-two primary with just 9 percent of the vote.

Should Perkins enter the race, he’d join businessman Paul Dietzel in a GOP primary.

Louisiana’s 6th District is rated a Safe Republican contest. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried it by a 34-point margin in 2012.

  • ajr86

    This is great news! We need more God fearing men and women in congress like Tony Perkins.

  • View From The Left

    This is great news! We need more people like Tony Perkins and his irrational, hateful, arrogant rhetoric so the Democrats can take back the House in a complete rejection of GOP candidates in more moderate areas than LA’s 6th District. Keep up the hate, Tony, it’s a great fundraiser/voter motivation and we certainly appreciate all the ignorance and bigotry you’ve shown throughout the years!

  • terjeanderson

    Yes, more folks obsessed with other people’s sex lives will make Congress so much more capable of dealing with the serious issues facing our country.

    Did it ever occur to you to ask why Tony Perkins is so concerned about gay people? Why does it matter so much to him that he spends the bulk of his professional career opining about it?

    And is that what the people of Louisiana care the most about?

  • MarkSebree

    If Tony Perkins makes it through the primaries, his record of intolerance and hatred is likely, and will hopefully, be used against him. That means that there is a barely plausible chance that his district could elect a Democrat to keep him out of office. Especially since he is using much of the same rhetoric that the House Republicans are using to destroy this country.

  • john hall

    To answer both of your questions; We make Baby Jesus cry, and American CAN’T POSSIBLY be blessed if THAT happens!

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