Last Modified: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:20 PM
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.
Posted By: Beau Babcock On: 11/8/2012
Title: This ain't no NoLA (North Louisiana)
Rep. Landry's toast over here on the "far end" of the new 3rd in Calcasieu. He tried to ship us up to Shreveport with Rep. Fleming, while Rep. Boustany fought like the dickens with us vs. the world after Rita and Ike. One thing about us - we don't forget.