UPDATE: The Orleans Republican Executive Committee has issued a press release that states they have made no endorsement in the CD2 race. When I originally wrote this story I was going off of the statements of three eyewitnesses who attended the meeting. Those eyewitnesses are welcome to comment in the comment section of this blog. The press release from Orleans RPEC is visible below this story.
In Louisiana political parties are organized into parish executive committees (PECs) which all send a representative to a state central committee. Orleans Parish is no exception, and they held there monthly meeting last Thursday night on September 4th.
At this meeting one of the most politically bizarre events occurred! The midterm federal elections are coming up and Cedric Richmond (D) will be running as an incumbent to maintain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as the representative for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional district. There are no Republican contenders for this seat in the U.S. House. Louisiana Congressional District 2 covers most of Orleans Parish (New Orleans).
Representative Richmond is a party line Democrat who most often votes in lock step with his party and with President Barrack Obama. As a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives he was most well known for his anti gun stance in which he not only tried to ban “assault weapons” but also many types of common semi automatic hunting rifles. Not only did he want to ban these weapons, but the legislation he authored would have required the lawful owners of these weapons to turn them in to law enforcement with no compensation!
Throughout the last week, Representative Richmond has been able to eliminate almost all of his challengers through litigation in an attempt to run unopposed; however, his attempt to disqualify Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport failed. See this article in the Hayride for more information.
Having nothing to lose, Mr. Davenport went to the September meeting of the Orleans Parish Republican PEC and presented his case for an endorsement. This is when the story gets bizarre; rather than endorsing Mr. Davenport, or choosing not to make an endorsement at all, the Orleans Republican PEC endorsed the establishment Democrat Cedric Richmond! What a shocker! Perhaps the two party system is not as polarized as we have been led to believe? Perhaps the Republican PEC in Orleans Parish wants to endorse the one who will bring home the most pork? your guess is as good as mine.
I reached out to Mr. Davenport for a statement and this is what he sent me:
“I’m grateful at the opportunity to have presented my campaign to them and I’m okay with them endorsing my opponent. At least now we know where they stand. I want the endorsement by the voters…” Samuel Davenport Libertarian Candidate for Louisiana District 2 U.S. House of Representatives
I think Mr. Davenport is a class act, and if I lived in District 2 I would most certainly have no problem casting my vote for him. It is truly a shame that the Orleans Parish RPEC made the decision they did, but I still think Mr. Davenport will do well against Representative Richmond, and I wish him the best.
For more information on Samuel Davenport please visit www.samuelforcongress.com