John Maginnis – 9/28/12, La Tech University, Ruston, LA
Could U. S. Senator David Vitter be THE candidate to succeed Bobby Jindal as Governor of Louisiana in the 2015 election? So suggested long-time Louisiana political writer and author John Maginnis this morning during a 45-minute talk at Louisiana Tech University’s (LTU) Wyly Tower Auditorium in Ruston.
Said Maginnis, “The one guy who might like to come after him (Gov Jindal) is David Vitter.” Noted Maginnis, “I have to give it to Vitter – he’s a resilient politician. He came back from his affair with a prostitute and ran in 2010 and won easily.”
Added Maginnis, “He’s a real deal conservative.”
Maginnis was today’s featured speaker for “Louisiana @ 200: A Bicentennial Lecture Series” and his presentation was titled “Our Heroes Have Always Been Governors: What Makes Louisiana Politics Different.” The series is sponsored by the Louisiana Tech College of Liberal Arts, the department of history, the department of social sciences, the School of Literature and Language, the department of journalism, and Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Alpha Delta national honor societies.
A crowd of nearly 150 were at the event.
Two Democrat names mentioned by Maginnis as potential gubernatorial candidates were District 72 State Representative John Bel Edwards, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Maginnis opined that for Vitter to win, he would need to have as an opponent a strong Democrat, because if he were in a runoff with a moderate Republican, the state’s democrat vote would likely go for the moderate.
As for Jindal’s future, Maginnis said that likely he will finish out his term as governor, and he didn’t think Jindal would be a cabinet officer in a Mitt Romney GOP administration.
Said Maginnis, “I can’t see Jindal taking a job in the Romney cabinet – it’s just not, I don’t think its in his DNA to go to work for someone else again.”
Nor did Maginnis think Jindal would run against Louisiana’s other U. S. Senator, Mary Landrieu, 2014. He might take a look at the 2016 presidential race, depending upon how this year’s election turns out, Maginnis opined.
Asked about a name that has been prominently mentioned as a potential statewide Democrat candidate for office – Jim Bernhard, son-in-law of retiring Tech President Dan Reneau – Maginnis opined that he was “the Magical Democrat” with a business background that could appeal to the common man.
Said Maginnis, “He’d be a great candidate ‘on paper’ for Democrats. But like a lot of guys who are good candidates on paper, you’ve got to see what they would be like out in the field.”
Maginnis currently publishes “Louisiana Political Fax Weekly,” operates the LaPolitics.com website, and authors a weekly column syndicated in several newspapers around the state.