Boustany, Landry ready to fight to end for Congressional seat

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

There’s one month left in the battle for the 3rd Congressional District seat, and campaign managers for U.S. Reps. Charles

Boustany, R-Lafayette, and Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, told the American Press on Wednesday that both campaigns will continue the fight leading up to the Dec. 8 runoff.

Boustany’s campaign manager, John Porter, said Wednesday that he is confident Boustany will be re-elected.

“The strategy is the same — consistent conservative leadership,” Porter said by phone Wednesday. “(Boustany) will continue

to talk to people on the ground. Nothing changes with the campaign. We’ll just do it for another 31 more days.”

Complete but unofficial results for the district show Boustany received 133,876 votes, or 45 percent, and Landry received

90,576 votes, or 30 percent.

Porter said the campaign will work every corner of the district as hard as it can.

“We want to do really well in Lake Charles. That is an area we have a lot of friends,” he said. “The only thing that is going

to change is the weather. We are going to get this thing done on Dec. 8.”

Boustany received about half the votes in all of the parishes except three: Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes — parishes

where Landry came out on top.

“Our plan is to win,” Phillip Joffrion, campaign manager for Landry, said by email Wednesday. “We’ll win by getting more votes

than the other guy.”

The American Press reached out to the three candidates who did not make the runoff to see who, if any, of the remaining two candidates they would

publicly support.

Republican Bryan Barrilleaux said he prefers to make no endorsement.

“The positions of these two candidates

are similar on every issue,” Barrilleaux said. “I encourage voters to

study the candidates

closely and to choose the candidate who will exercise the most

courage and fortitude.”

Libertarian Jim Stark said he is

“leaning toward” Landry. “Being Libertarian, I support freedom for

everyone, and I like Landry’s

constitutional record,” he said.

Democrat Ron Richard was not available for comment Wednesday.

Boustany has represented the 7th District for four two-year terms; Landry is in his first term as congressman from the old

3rd District.