Last Modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 7:09 PM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Tea party favorite U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry has made it official: He intends to run against fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany in this fall's election, after a redrawn congressional map puts the two men in the same district.
Landry, a first-term congressman from New Iberia, announced his plans Monday in Youngsville.
But he's been setting up his re-election bid for months, drawing contrasts between himself and Boustany, a fourth-term congressman from Lafayette who is an ally of House Speaker John Boehner.
Landry is framing himself as a "real conservative" while suggesting Boustany is a Washington insider.
Louisiana is losing a congressional district because of anemic population growth. The redesigned map puts Boustany and Landry in the same district, which more closely resembles Boustany's current seat.