But you’ve got to wonder if this is also an opportunity for the mayor himself. As tired as most everyone must be of politics by now, next year is an open governor’s race, and the campaigning is already well underway. While Mitch Landrieu has not said he’ll be a candidate — and indeed, when asked during his own re-election earlier this year, he said he’d finish out his four-year term — many Democrats see him as the party’s last best hope to reclaim power in Baton Rouge. If he’s weighing his options, as many politicos believe, what better way to test the waters than to get out there and start meeting voters?So this whole Senate business is also a proxy war in the next round of Governor-making.
Of course, Landrieu’s not the only potential governor with a big stake in the state’s U.S. Senate contest. Louisiana’s other senator, David Vitter, has his fingerprints all over the campaign of Mary Landrieu’s lead opponent, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. Vitter worked hard to clear the field of other big-name Republicans (although tea party candidate Rob Maness ran anyway, and may well force the election into a runoff). He provided a longtime top aide to run Cassidy’s campaign. He appeared at events with the congressman.
By the way, looks like a late night tonight. Apparently the long ballots are harder for the computers to read or something. So more time for partying.