Did an Obamacare supporter just win the Louisiana 5th district seat?

posted at 11:01 am on November 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

And here I bet some of you thought the 2013 elections were over, didn’t you? Well, they were for the most part, but given the variations in election laws and special circumstances from state to state, there’s always some action brewing someplace. In this case, the congressional seat in Louisiana’s 5th district was open due to Republican Rodney Alexander’s resignation earlier this year to take a job with the Jindal administration. That required a special election, which began earlier this fall. Because of Louisiana’s somewhat unique election structure and the fact that nobody got more than 50% of the vote, they had a runoff between two Republicans, and now we have a winner.

Vance McAllister, a political newcomer with the backing of the popular “Duck Dynasty” TV family, was elected Saturday as Louisiana’s newest member of Congress. McAllister, who largely self-funded his campaign, beat establishment candidate Neil Riser, a state senator, in a special runoff election for the vacant 5th District seat.

McAllister, a businessman with multiple companies, ran as a political outsider, capitalizing on frustration with politicians and Congress. As a point of pride during the campaign, he said he’d never been to Washington.

Riser, a funeral home owner in the Senate since 2008, campaigned on his experience in the Legislature and with the support of tea party groups.

The real wrinkle in this story is not that a Republican won the seat (again). It’s a large, heavily rural, conservative district. The two candidates agreed on nearly all the issues, specifically support for gun owners’ rights, lower taxes, opposition to abortion, and the rest of the platform planks you’d expect to see. But it seems that McAllister “swerved left” in one area, voicing support for having Louisiana jump on board with expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Riser hammered him over this during the campaign.

But since McAllister won by a convincing margin, the Left was quick like a bunny to show that America hates the Tea Party, even in the very conservative South, and it’s a new day dawning.

McAllister had spent a half-million of his own dollars, received endorsements from the high profile stars of the TV show Duck Dynasty, and while he supported Obamacare repeal, he also said that as long as Obamacare was going to be law, Louisiana should participate in its Medicaid expansion, because it would deliver health insurance to tens of thousands of poor Louisianans…

As NRCC chairman Greg Walden says, Obamacare is a political hurricane and will dominate the 2014 elections. The GOP’s problem is that it doesn’t know which way the wind is blowing.

So, is that what this means? Did Louisiana’s conservative voters abandon the anti-Obamacare candidate and embrace the “settled law of the land” in McAllister’s win? You might not want to be so quick to draw that conclusion. Remember those “odd” election laws in Louisiana I mentioned earlier? Politico has a buried nugget which may shed some light on the question. (Emphasis mine.)

Running in an impoverished part of the state, McAllister competed aggressively for blue-collar voters. During the closing days of the race he aired a TV ad spotlighting an endorsement from Willie Robertson, a star in the popular A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” which is about a family-run duck-call business. And late in the race, McAllister gambled big by tacking to the left and expressing support for certain planks of Obamacare – a move designed to win over low-income voters and Democrats, who were allowed to vote in the primary and runoff.

There’s the fly in the ointment we were looking for. The Democrats may be well outnumbered in the 5th district, but there are still quite a few of them. And their candidate didn’t manage to garner enough votes to make it into the runoff. So all of those Democrat voters were able to vote in the runoff even though there were two Republicans competing. Who do you suppose they voted for?

In other words, I wouldn’t read too much into this special election. This is just the way the Louisiana election system is set up, and it frequently produces some odd results.


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The guy probably didn’t need to go left to Medicaid. I bet the Duck Dynasty ad would have put him over the top.

BuckeyeSam on November 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I had heard there were other tea party groups supporting McAllister also. In other words, that Riser didn’t have the backing of all of the tea party folks. Anybody know whether that’s true or not?

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I’m sure the celebrity of the Duck Dynasty guys’ endorsement didn’t hurt, either…sadly, some people allow that stuff to influence them…

ellifint on November 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The Dastardly Dems ruin everything.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

In other words, I wouldn’t read too much into this special election.

I read all your commentary to read this.

Did i just waste my time?

Well, back to themetapicturedotcom.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I meant to say, “Happy, happy, happy.”

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

If this delusional analysis by the delusional liberals about this special elections results in Louisiana encourages them to run on Obamacare in 2014 then it is great news for us…

mnjg on November 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

During the closing days of the race he aired a TV ad spotlighting an endorsement from Willie Robertson, a star in the popular A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,”

The Robertson family is the supposed Christian conservative family that are smarter than they appear, yet they support a person who supports Obamacare as long as it is the law. Of course being smarter than they appear would mean they know one of the tenants of Obamacare is abortion on demand, at anytime for any reason, right? Smart power. . .

Rode Werk on November 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

As a Precinct Committeeman, given walking lists to visit hard “R” residences, I have been mildly amused at how many people face-to-face tell me they are Democrats when their voting record clearly shows that they consistently vote in the Republican primaries. I’m not young and naïve enough to have believed this only happens in Illinois.

Did anyone ask this candidate if he would vote to repeal Obamacare if given the chance? Just curious…

Fallon on November 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

wow talk about missing the story. do the bloggers here even think for themselves anymore?

Vance McAllister, a political newcomer with the backing of the popular “Duck Dynasty” TV family, was elected Saturday as Louisiana’s newest member of Congress. McAllister, who largely self-funded his campaign, beat establishment candidate Neil Riser, a state senator, in a special runoff election for the vacant 5th District seat.

McAllister, a businessman with multiple companies, ran as a political outsider, capitalizing on frustration with politicians and Congress. As a point of pride during the campaign, he said he’d never been to Washington.

Riser, a funeral home owner in the Senate since 2008, campaigned on his experience in the Legislature and with the support of tea party groups.

The two candidates agreed on nearly all the issues

So we have an election of two GOP candidates who agreed on about every issue. except Obamacare and of course the numbnuts wants to rush to say that one issue was the reason for the outcome. the real story is that voters would rather vote for a newcomer not connected/experienced with DC even if it means he supports Obamacare. That should send shivers through the entire DC establishment. In other words the results show the people hate the establishment more then they hate Obamacare. That is the real story here.

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Good catch.

Rode Werk on November 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Any excuse to take a sideswipe at Christians.

If the DD people had not supported him because of his statement on obamacare you would be complaining about the “damn socons.”

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

In yesterday’s qotd thread, kcewa made a good point:

The health care system was heavily regulated BEFORE obamacare. That’s why just repealing obamacare won’t be enough. It has to be replaced with free market reforms that will increase efficiency to make it cheaper and more accessible.

I think we can increase the power of our anti-Obamacare pitch is we don’t gloss over the real concerns that lead some people to support the clumsy govt takeover that Obamacare is.

One reason why people are coming around to supporting Obamacare is they see that pre-existing conditions are apparently covered, and, reasonably, they think that that’s good.

Well, Obamacare is an overkill solution for pre-existing conditions.

And of course many support Obamacare because they think it helps the poor. Again, Obamacare is overkill. Why are we subsidizing families making as much as $92k??? How does that help the poor? For the poor, we have targeted programs, not the broad shotgun approach of massive subsidies to half the population.

Get the cost of medical down. Obamacare is exactly the wrong approach; it will pump federal dollars into the system, and so sharply inflate the costs. Federal dollars lead consumers and providers to spend money more or less indiscriminately, as there is very little incentive to consider cost. That’s what Medicare has already done (inflate medical costs), btw. Obamacare will add a huge amount of extra fuel to the fire.

Obamacare is going to explode the cost of medical care.
This hurts everybody.

Reexamine the ideas that McCain (yes, McCain!) had in 2008 on medical reform. And I hear that Singapore’s free market based system (look at it as a possible model to follow) has dramatically lower costs where everyone builds substantial (mandatory) health savings accounts, and everyone pays for their own medical care, and the costs and quality of med care is aggressively advertised. Check out this book: http://www.amazon.com/Affordable-Excellence-Singapore-Healthcare-Story/dp/0815724160/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

anotherJoe on November 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Meh, except…

Another story that supports why we should have closed primaries.

22044 on November 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

In the primary:

In the October 15 open primary, Riser got 32% of the vote while McAllister got 18%.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/11/17/Duck-Dynasty-Power-Candidate-Endorsed-by-Cast-Member-Wins-LA-House-Seat

Then McAllister won 60-40.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Not that I support either of them but there’s a huge difference between supporting Medicaid expansion at the state level when the law is on the books (so that Louisianans get both the benefits and burdens of Obamacare) and supporting Obamacare en total. Claiming that this is a win for Obamacare is a bit disingenuous even if we don’t discount the results for off-year turnout issues).

(And yes, before I’m criticized on this, expanding Medicaid does help systemize Obamacare, making repeal more difficult, and yes I am aware that the federal subsidies are only temporary.)

Besides, it’s an irrelevant issue as far as electing someone to Congress because Congress cannot force states to expand Medicaid as the law is currently written.

blammm on November 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

And here I bet some of you thought the 2013 elections were over, didn’t you?
======

D*mmitt, why yes I did!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

But it seems that McAllister “swerved left” in one area, voicing support for having Louisiana jump on board with expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

Two more words:

John Kasich.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Well, Obamacare is an overkill solution for pre-existing conditions.

………………………

anotherJoe on November 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

John Goodman over at the National Center for Policy Analysis, who’s been labeled as “the father of the health savings account,” unveiled details and facts about pre-existing conditions, which was the centerpiece that liberals used during the debate.

Every argument came back to this topic and how evil insurance companies were for not accepting people with pre-existing conditions. The liberal media used this talking point to attack Republicans. We’re now finding out how many people have pre-existing conditions that couldn’t get coverage. It’s actually nowhere near the lies fed to Americans by President Obama and Democrats.

“Out of 310 million Americans, only 8,000 people have the problem given as the principle reason for spending almost $1 trillion, creating more than 150 regulatory agencies and causing perhaps 150 million more people to change the coverage they now have.”

Overkill is an understatement.

America was played.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website, McAllister led establishment candidate Neil Riser 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent — a difference of over 17,500 votes — with 976 of a possible 981 precincts reporting.

“Plain and simple, this was Riser’s election to lose. Riser was the favorite going into the evening. He had the dollars. He had the endorsement of the Republican establishment. He had a strong showing in the primary. Yet, he lost it,” Joshua Stockley, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, told the Associated Press. [Emphasis added]

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/17/louisiana-voters-pick-between-two-republicans-to-fill-open-congressional-seat/

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

More of your simplistic drivel deviant.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

In other words, I wouldn’t read too much into this special election. This is just the way the Louisiana election system is set up, and it frequently produces some odd results.

I’d say that’s about right.

whatcat on November 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

You’re grasping at a really thin straw.

Jeff Weimer on November 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeorgan on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

…gumbo just farted!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Then McAllister won 60-40.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Incumbents who get a plurality of the vote in an election, but not a majority to avoid a runoff, are often in oodles of trouble come runoff time when the voters are mad at government and the current officials in charge, even if they’re not currently holding the position they’re campaigning for.

You saw something similar across the state line in Texas two years ago — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst won the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, but with a plurality, and not an outright majority. That forced Dewhurst into a runoff with Ted Cruz, and we all know what happened after that.

jon1979 on November 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM

So we have an election of two GOP candidates who agreed on about every issue. except Obamacare and of course the numbnuts wants to rush to say that one issue was the reason for the outcome. the real story is that voters would rather vote for a newcomer not connected/experienced with DC even if it means he supports Obamacare. That should send shivers through the entire DC establishment. In other words the results show the people hate the establishment more then they hate Obamacare. That is the real story here.

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

My emphasis, and +100. Seriously, folks, 60% of an NBC/WSJ poll voted to throw EVERYONE out of Congress.

AJsDaddie on November 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Should be easy enough to prove — all we have to do it wait ’till McAllister gets to Washington, see what he says and does on ObamaCare, and see what the reaction is of the constituents back home. Then you can come back and comment on that in a week or two.

jon1979 on November 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Libfree was just trolling. Imagine: This guy is supposedly a perfesser…our taxes support his wages. Frick.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

What Jazz does not understand that it has been an “old Dem” stronghold for eons. Quite an FDR kinda district.

That being said the local “establishment” entrepeneurs kept their powder dry in the primary then went all in for McAllister.

As far as TP and Freedom Works endorsements of Riser, it was seen as outsider meddling.

The district is dominated overwhelmingly by SoCons. It’s a bring home the bacon kind of district.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

It is also a district where black high school students wave the Rebel Flag at football games.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

McAllister spent way more than $500,000 of his own money and the Robertson’s did more than merely endorse; they also spent quite a bit in support of their pal. And this was in opposition to a Jindal ally who was Tea Party-endorsed; for a candidate who has expressed a willingness to “compromise” on Obamacare.

So the Duck Dynasty clown troupe supports taxpayer-funded abortion and makes crappy, low-quality calls.

M240H on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Republicans need to be more creative about what Free Stuff they want to give away. How about free guns for 2nd amendment rights? And everyone likes free Cake, how about some free cake. Medicaid is a mistake.

Fleuries on November 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

*sigh*

Someday people will wise-up and see that there is no good to be had from letting the other party openly vote in your primary/election.

Just f*cking stupid.

Midas on November 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Libfree was just trolling. Imagine: This guy is supposedly a perfesser…our taxes support his wages. Frick.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Enough to make you abandon all hope for our education system, isn’t it? The notion that said f*ckwit is actually paid and in a position responsible for teaching others?

God help us.

Midas on November 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The Democrats may be well outnumbered in the 5th district, but there are still quite a few of them.

Not according to the Louisiana secretary of state. They show for the 5th congressional district 481,830 registered voters of which 239,808 are dummycrates. That 49.8% dummies to 27.5% Republicans with 22.7% other (probably dead..this is after all Louisiana).
If you dug deeper here you would have noticed the decided advantage of early voters for McAllister a tactic the dummies have used to beat the voter fraud issues in most tight elections. While a star of Duck D might say hes conservative this smells like another Rino ready to do business.

nicknack60 on November 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

McAllister spent way more than $500,000 of his own money and the Robertson’s did more than merely endorse; they also spent quite a bit in support of their pal. And this was in opposition to a Jindal ally who was Tea Party-endorsed; for a candidate who has expressed a willingness to “compromise” on Obamacare.

So the Duck Dynasty clown troupe supports taxpayer-funded abortion and makes crappy, low-quality calls.

M240H on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Yeah, he spent ~$800,000 of his own money on his campaign which “paid for most of the campaign.” What of it?

How much did Robertson spend? How much is “quite a bit” to you?

And you have compromise in quotes. Did McAllister specifically say he would compromise on the issue?

So you don’t like Duck Dynasty. getalife

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

According to the article both candidates ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare.

tommyboy on November 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Republicans need to be more creative about what Free Stuff they want to give away. How about free guns for 2nd amendment rights? And everyone likes free Cake, how about some free cake. Medicaid is a mistake.

Fleuries on November 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Let them eat cake. (I like chocolate.)

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

No – the real story is OnMessage can’t win competitive elections and Jindal is a lame duck.

rock the casbah on November 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Every election season we say “we have to clean up these Republican primary processes” and then nothing happens until another one is underway.

slickwillie2001 on November 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

So the bipartisan consensus is for Obamacare in Louisiana. Fascinating.

libfreeordie on November 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The consensus (such as it was – I think the turnout was 17%) was for medicaid expansion and against Jindal opposing that.

Also, elections are about voting for CANDIDATES and they liked McAllister and Duck Dynasty.

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Every election season we say “we have to clean up these Republican primary processes” and then nothing happens until another one is underway.

slickwillie2001 on November 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

This wasn’t a primary. Louisiana doesn’t have party primaries.

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Two more words:

John Kasich.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Kasich has never recovered from his disastrous bungling of Senate Bill 5, which the public unions (and “Great American” originator Bill Cunningham) successfully fought to repeal by referendum.

His support of Obamacare is a direct pander to save his hide, even though his exchange program had to be executive ordered into existence after the state legislature refused to even consider it.

I would not be surprised if he lost to whomever the Dems nominate, simply out of final revenge by the public union sector.

Myron Falwell on November 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I think y’all are overthinking this one. This was establishment ideological Tea Party vs. Countrifed, throw all the old bums out Tea Party, in a very countrified, kinds backwoods district.

The guy that showed he was good buds with the long haired, gun’lovin duck hunters won over the funeral home director. Really, there’s not much more to it than that.

Tom Servo on November 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Did anyone ask this candidate if he would vote to repeal Obamacare if given the chance? Just curious…

Fallon on November 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

He was asked that in a debate:

McAllister said he would vote to repeal “Obamacare” each chance he got, but he doesn’t believe the current political climate allows for a repeal. He said the votes aren’t there in the Senate, and even if the Senate passed it, President Barack Obama wouldn’t veto his signature law.

“I would love to take an eraser and repeal it, but we can’t,” McAllister said. “It’s a nightmare, and we’re here living with it. People all over this district are losing their insurance everyday that were lied to by the president of the United States, but I’m not going to stand here and lie to you and tell you we can repeal it.”

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I think y’all are overthinking this one. This was establishment ideological Tea Party vs. Countrifed, throw all the old bums out Tea Party, in a very countrified, kinds backwoods district.

The guy that showed he was good buds with the long haired, gun’lovin duck hunters won over the funeral home director. Really, there’s not much more to it than that.

Tom Servo on November 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

That’s pretty much it.

He was asked [about voting to repeal Obamacare if given the chance] in a debate:

McAllister said he would vote to repeal “Obamacare” each chance he got, but he doesn’t believe the current political climate allows for a repeal. He said the votes aren’t there in the Senate, and even if the Senate passed it, President Barack Obama wouldn’t veto his signature law.

“I would love to take an eraser and repeal it, but we can’t,” McAllister said. “It’s a nightmare, and we’re here living with it. People all over this district are losing their insurance everyday that were lied to by the president of the United States, but I’m not going to stand here and lie to you and tell you we can repeal it.”

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I think he’s overly pessimistic in that line of thinking, but I’m curious to know when the debate took place (especially if it took place not long after the shutdown debacle). The time elapsed between then really matters.

And it will matter as the already bad fortunes of Obamacare continue to get worse… and worse… and worse… and the Dems continue to see an electoral implosion in their midst.

Myron Falwell on November 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Open primary which was more crowded than the Kentucky Derby.

Two Libertarian candidates combined got less than 1%.

The district is a biblical social conservative district. Baptists are considered moderates.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

The district is a biblical social conservative district. Baptists are considered moderates.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Probably didn’t help then that the loser was supported by Jindal.

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

kcewa on November 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

1. A vast majority of the district is very rural and very poor.

2. The district has been historically an oldtime Dem bring home the bacon type.

3. Tommy Teepell & OnMessage handled Riser’s campaign, which was loaded with endorsements from inside the state & DC. McAllister’s campaign was run by former staffers of the most recent congressman, Alexander, who flipped from Dem to GOP more over SoCon/Gun rights issues than anything else. McAllister had every single parish (county) behind the scenes political power available.

4. McAllister WAS self funded with close over $600K in contributions and loans from himself, though he did have contributions from some VERY wealthy locals, and I mean VERY. Think Delta Airlines and Coca Cola, since the former was founded in Monroe and the later was first bottled in Vicksburg by a Monroe family which has been a major stockholder ever since. The name Biederharn is one of the most respected in the area.

Actually, since the shutdown, Freedom Works and Tea Party are not well thought of except in rural areas except in the mind of bloggers. This is the second race where their support has actually hurt a candidate. The 1st time was last November where Boustany defeated Landry in a GOP vs. GOP runoff. It’s now considered outsiders meddling.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I meant to say especially in rural areas, rather than except in rural areas.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

yeap at this stage I don’t even thing voters listen to the candidates on the issues. They are more concerned with how connected they are to the establishment. the more of a connection the bigger the desire to defeat them.

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Seriously, folks, 60% of an NBC/WSJ poll voted to throw EVERYONE out of Congress.

AJsDaddie on November 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I would hazzard a guess that +40% wish to see all of them tar and feathered after being throw out. I have NEVEr seen so much anger at DC in Main street as I do today. The people are fleeing the parties, they don’t care about stands on issues. they seem to be in a vote the bums out mode. The last time I’ve seen anything close to this levle of anger was in 1994.

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Seriously, folks, 60% of an NBC/WSJ poll voted to throw EVERYONE out of Congress.

AJsDaddie on November 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I would hazzard a guess that +40% wish to see all of them tar and feathered after being throw out. I have NEVEr seen so much anger at DC in Main street as I do today. The people are fleeing the parties, they don’t care about stands on issues. they seem to be in a vote the bums out mode. The last time I’ve seen anything close to this levle of anger was in 1994.

unseen on November 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

…except for their House member, he’s the only good one.

slickwillie2001 on November 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I have only watched one episode of Duck Dynasty. So I am not an expert on their politics. However, I remember saying to myself…….Why has the mainstream media been so positive about these guys? why don’t they hate them? It made me suspicious. Needless to say, I am more suspicious. I wonder if they have any connections to Carville or the Landreu’s.

KMav on November 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I wonder if they have any connections to Carville or the Landreu’s.

KMav on November 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Yeah. That’s why they supported the non-establishment candidate.

Your concern is noted.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

KMav on November 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

NO there was not. You can bet your last nickel that there is a connection with Rob Maness being in the Senate race though.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

You can bet you last nickel that Freedom Works is an abject failure in Louisiana GOP vs. GOP races though.

Kermit on November 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Your concern is noted.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Your chin drool is noted.

M240H on November 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

the obamacare issue is like a ball and chain for conservative politicians running for higher office. Those favoring repeal should state so and then, move on to other more important issues. Quite frankly, voters are getting sick of the obamacare frenzy. And those constantly droning on and on about it, ad nauseam.

Darvin Dowdy on November 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I was sorry to hear John K. R, gov of Ohio, spout the same things about expanding medicaide in his state. They think they are going to get a lot of fed dollars to pay for this expansion and they will for awhile. Then the money will be cut, since we have no money, or else taxes will go up to send back to the states. This is a circle of money changing hands, from ours to the feds and some back to the states to support people who either aren’t able to support themselves or don’t want to pay for their own stuff. This has got to stop. We need to leave out the middle man.

Kissmygrits on November 18, 2013 at 7:16 AM

The “issue” the Democrats are trying to use for traction, McAllister’s desire to take advantage of the Medicare expansion, is a non-issue. As a Congressional Representative, he has no say in the State’s decision to either ignore or accept the various provisions of the “ACA”. That’s an issue for the State Assembly and Governor.

Saying the populist thing about an issue which you will not face in office, is a sneaky-smart move to get the LIVs and Democrats to choose you in an all-Republican runoff. If McAllister really is that smart, he’ll do well. If he really leans left in spite of his stance on other issues, I think he probably wouldn’t have gotten the “Duck” stamp of approval.

And never forget, Louisiana is a uniquely strange state.

Freelancer on November 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM