Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. David Vitter informed political supporters Tuesday that he will not run for governor in 2007, but hinted that another prominent Republican will challenge Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Vitter, R-Metairie, told supporters in a letter that he was flattered by suggestions that he run for governor, but said he is focused on his job in the Senate. The letter takes an oblique stab at Blanco, saying "we certainly do need strong, bold leadership in the governor's mansion ..." and Vitter is "committed to helping make that happen."
Vitter does not name a prospective Republican gubernatorial candidate, but says a "well known conservative reformer ... has assured me that he will now definitely make the race, no matter who else does or does not run."
Blanco has said she plans to run for re-election. Officials in her press office did not have an immediate comment on Vitter's letter.
Vitter, a former congressman, was elected to the Senate in 2004.
He and Blanco have sparred in the past. At the end of the special legislative session last week, Blanco suggested in a news conference that Vitter had lobbied lawmakers to reject her legislation to address post-hurricane housing. Vitter sent a letter Saturday to Blanco — and to the news media — saying he had not lobbied against the measure.
LPNS COMMENTARY: LOOKS LIKE JINDAL HAS BEEN "VITTERIZED" BY VITTER HIMSELF. THE NEW ONE REPUBLICAN PER RACE STRATEGY IS TAKING SHAPE.
Copy of letter here: http://www.thedeadpelican.com/dave.pdf