The Secretary of State’s Office hosted journalists from the national and international stage on election night Tuesday.
CNN’s Don Lemon returned to his Louisiana roots to cover the U.S. Senate race that saw incumbent Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, in a tough fight against Republican challengers Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. Broadcast journalists from the Japanese Broadcasting Network were among reporters delivering live news coverage from the small press room in the Secretary of State’s Office.
The room journalists worked from was a maze of wires and shoulder-to-shoulder computer screens. The hum of journalists calling in the newest wave of precinct results buzzed steadily until nearly midnight.
Lemon packed it in earlier in the evening, shortly after CNN called the Cassidy-Landrieu race for a runoff. The CNN anchor was born in the Capital City and briefly attended Louisiana State University. He served as the 2013 graduation speaker for LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.
Shortly after arriving in Baton Rouge, Lemon tweeted a photo in front of Tony’s Seafood, noting that it’s always his first stop when he’s home. He added the hashtag “Geaux Tigers” to the photo.
On their way out, nearly every journalist there affirmed they would be back for the runoff between Landrieu and Cassidy on Dec. 6.
Greene’s win in judge race good for Amoroso
State Rep. Hunter Greene’s victory over longtime family court judge Annette Lassalle is a piece of good news for Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso, politically speaking.
Amoroso capitalized on Greene’s win Thursday, reminding voters that he is officially running for the District 66 legislative seat being vacated early by Greene.
Greene was already term limited in the state house, but his judicial election win means he’ll be leaving office a year early, paving the way for a special election to fill his seat.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Southeast Baton Rouge on the Metro Council,” Amoroso said in a statement Thursday. “I look forward to continuing to work for them in the Louisiana House of Representatives.”
Amoroso describes himself as a true conservative who has a record of voting “pro-family” and “anti-tax” on the council. He’s been one of the most vocal St. George supporters on the council, an area included in the legislative district he is seeking to represent. Amoroso’s campaign manager is Lionel Rainey, who also is the spokesperson for the St. George incorporation effort.
The anticipated special election date will be March 28, 2015.
So far, no other candidates have officially declared. However, Susan Nelson, No Party, a consultant and former free lance journalist, has said she is pondering a run.
Amoroso is a first-term Metro Councilman who won his seat in 2012 unopposed.
Advocate staff writers Andrea Gallo and Rebekah Allen contributed to this report.