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UPDATE: Sen. David Vitter to Run for Louisiana Governor in 2015; Reaction to Vitter Announcement

Senator David Vitter is running for Governor.
West Monroe -- Louisiana Senator David Vitter is running for Governor. 

Vitter made the announcement this morning that he will be candidate for Governor in 2015. 

“I believe that as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana" said in a Youtube video.

Click the video box to see the announcement:



Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has said he will run for governor, along with Democratic State Rep. John Bel Edwards.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

Statement from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne:

"Sen. Vitter’s announcement was expected. I hope gov's race will offer Louisianians the opportunity to compare/contrast visions & records. I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support I've received. Our campaign will focus on detailing promises I’ve kept & my positive vision. To that end, we will continue to actively fundraise & share our message with folks across LA. Thanks for your continued prayers & support."

Statement from Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson:

“We welcome the senator to the race and wish him well as he attempts to persuade Louisiana voters to give him a promotion -- despite his record of ineptitude and obstruction,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “David Vitter as governor would mean more of the shutdown-style politics that Republicans have perfected in D.C., and there has been no bigger failure in the U.S. Senate than David Vitter.

“Louisiana is facing major challenges because of the damage Bobby Jindal has done to education and health care in our state, and Louisiana needs a governor that is willing to work across the aisle and get things done. Our junior senator does not fit the bill of someone who wants to put Louisiana first.”

Statement from Democratic Gubernatorial candidate State Representative John Bel Edwards:
 “I welcome Senator Vitter to the race and look forward to a spirited campaign. But, we will obviously have some fundamentally different priorities in this race.” Edwards said.

“Based upon his two decades as a politician in both Baton Rouge and Washington, it is clear that Senator Vitter has excelled at two things, obstruction and division,” Edwards said. “That might work in a do nothing Congress, but it cannot take us where we need to go in Louisiana.”

“Louisiana is working hard to overcome the impact of disastrous policies of one Governor, and the last thing it needs is a new one who will take those disastrous policies even farther.”



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