Politics Column for Nov. 25, 2012

House likely to lose 2 members in 2013

The Louisiana House may be losing two members in January.

Just a week after state Rep. Clif Richardson, R-Central, announced plans to resign amid health problems, state Rep. Tony Ligi said he probably will quit to accept a new job.

Ligi, R-Metairie, said he has an offer to serve as executive director and chief legal counsel for the Jefferson Business Council.

“It’s a chance to work on the economic health of Jefferson Parish. We’re in very tough times right now,” he said.

Ligi would give up his private legal practice and legislative seat to accept the new job.

He first was elected to the Legislature in 2008. Ligi is chairman of the House Republican Legislative Delegation.

Top state officials look to future jobs

The next election is four years away, but the talk is already about Gov. Bobby Jindal setting his sights on the White House.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne got the question last week about a governor’s race that’s three years away.

“He’s clearly up and running,” Dardenne said of Jindal.

As for himself, Dardenne said “I love the job I have. The only other job I’d be interested in is governor.”

Laugh line signals time to sit down

Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, told the group’s annual convention that it was his 10th time to address the convention.

Monaghan said that his first such address went on for 45 or 50 minutes after some LFT officials jokingly told him that was the typical length.

He recalled that he used the phrase “in closing” six times.

“It was my best applause line,” Monaghan said last week.

Adviser notes how someone switched

A former senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t naming names but he lashed out last week against former political supporters who criticized Romney in defeat.

Dan Senor told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that some politicians who promoted Romney at a Nov. 2 rally in West Chester, Ohio, just before the Nov. 6 election were talking a Romney victory while cozying up to the candidate’s transition team.

“In fact, some of them were already talking to our transition to position themselves for a Romney cabinet,” said Senor, refusing to name who he meant.

After Romney’s loss the same people were lambasting the candidate and the campaign, Senor said. “I won’t say who they are. They know who they are. They were on television. I mean, it was unbelievable,” he said.

Gov. Bobby Jindal frequently campaigned out-of-state for Romney, including at the Ohio rally. After the election, Jindal appeared on national television giving a negative critique.

Manufacturers PAC endorses Guidry

The Louisiana Manufacturers Political Action Committee last week endorsed of 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry, of Baton Rouge, in the Dec. 8 runoff for the Louisiana Supreme Court. District 5.

LAMP represents the chemical industry.

Guidry, a Democrat, is running against his colleague, 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jeff Hughes, of Walker.

District 5 of Louisiana Supreme Court includes Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston and Pointe Coupee parishes.

Hurricane season offers lessons

David Guillory, interim director of the city of Baton Rouge’s Department of Public Works, will be the guest speaker for Monday’s meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Guillory will discuss the 2012 hurricane season, the challenges and lessons learned, and the new programs and processes in place for 2013.

The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions.

PSC Town Hall meet set in Greensburg

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta will hold a Town Hall meeting Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the St. Helena Parish Police Jury Chambers, located at 17911 La. Hwy. 43, in Greensburg.

Skrmetta invites people with concerns about utility-related issues to attend.

Runoff candidates
to debate Thursday

The Baton Rouge League of Women Voters will sponsor a debate Thursday between the runoff candidates in the race for the 5th District seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The match-up is between 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judges John Michael Guidry, a Democrat from Baton Rouge, and Jeff Hughes, a Republican from Walker. The election is Dec. 8.

The election is to fill a vacancy created with the retirement of Supreme Court Chief Justice Kitty Kimball.

Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:45 a.m.

The program begins at noon at Drusilla Seafood, 3482 Drusilla Lane.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person.

Reservations may be made by calling (225) 927-2255 or by email at lwvbr@lwvbr.org. Cash or checks only are accepted at the door.

Hayride publisher to address Pachyderms

Scott McKay, publisher of the Internet political site The Hayride, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 3084 College Drive in Baton Rouge.

McKay, who posts under the handle “macAoidh,” published Purple & Gold Magazine, an LSU sports publication, from 1997-2004.

His writings have appeared in a number of national online publications in recent years, among them Redstate.com and FamilySecurityMatters.org.

Cost for the buffet is $13. Pachyderm meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Call (225) 644-5728 or email info@pachydermsofgbr.org.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email is cnb@theadvocate.com