December 5, 2004

NEXT TIME, BILLY:

In Louisiana, House Seats for Both Parties (AP, 12/05/04)

Republicans picked up a Congressional seat in southern Louisiana on Saturday, but gave another right back to Democrats in a second, much closer runoff election.

A longtime Democratic bastion went to Charles Boustany, a Republican and retired heart surgeon from Lafayette. With 94 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr. Boustany had 55 percent of the votes, and State Senator Willie Landry Mount, a Democrat, had 45 percent.

Farther south, Billy Tauzin III, a Republican, lost a race to succeed his retiring father. With all precincts reporting, Charles Melancon, a Democrat from Napoleonville and a former state representative, had 50.2 percent of the votes, beating Mr. Tauzin by barely 500 votes out of nearly 115,000 cast.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2004 1:11 AM
Comments

So that's where the King County Board of Elections was this weekend. But were they there picking up pointers, or getting in some practice for the big hand recount?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 5, 2004 1:28 AM

It was Tauzin's race to lose and by showing himself to be a slow-witted, immature lightweight, he did. It is not altogether inconceivable that Melancon will switch parties.

Posted by: Bart at December 5, 2004 6:19 AM

I really object to children succeeding their parents in public office, so this is win-win for me.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 5, 2004 8:13 AM

I was very suspicious about this race from the start. If Tauzin Jr. is truly a light-weight, then the LA Rep Party's "debt" to Sr. is paid, and alternatives will emerge. (Including the party switch that Bart suggests.) If he is redeemable, and this election was all about making the Tauzins eat some humble pie, he will come back. This election was close and LA's oddball run-off really showed its silliness. Less that 50% of those who voted on Nov 2, voted on Dec 4. Tauzin alone lost ~35% of the votes he received on Nov 2, let alone picking up any other Rep votes.

I think the Dems loss on the 7th is politically more important in the long-term.

Posted by: Moe from NC at December 5, 2004 8:41 AM

Moe:

He's just young. It'll be his seat for life soon enough.

Posted by: oj at December 5, 2004 8:45 AM

The results are similar to what happened to Dick Armey's son two years ago, when he tried to replace his father in Congress and lost in the Republican primary election. It also shows while the GOP probably should be wary of going with Jeb Bush at the top of the presidential ticket in 2008, though unlike Armey or Tauzin, he does have a statewide record in Florida to run on, if he chooses to do so.

Posted by: John at December 5, 2004 10:04 AM
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