Two of the GOP candidates for governor – Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, of Metairie – received the endorsement Thursday of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The organization, which is the state’s largest parish Republican Party group, interviewed the candidates and reviewed extensive questionnaires on the issues, before voting on which candidates to endorse. The winning candidates can use the endorsement and party logo in their advertising.
The state Republican Party is not expected to make an endorsement for the Oct. 24 primary. East Baton Rouge Parish has the highest percentage of Republican voter turn-out in Louisiana.
“We have two outstanding candidates for governor,” said Woody Jenkins, president of the parish Republican organization, “and we expect one of them will emerge to face the Democratic candidate in the runoff.”
Jenkins said Vitter, who is leading in the polls, has experience as a state legislator, a congressman and is now a U.S. Senator. “He is a solid conservative who is hard working, honest, and intelligent. We believe David Vitter would make a great governor,” he said.
Angelle has experience in local government as a councilman and a president of St. Martin Parish. In state government, Angelle has been secretary of the Department of Natural Resources under two governors, lieutenant governor and is now on the Public Service Commission. “From a base in Acadiana, he is growing in popularity. He has taken a solid conservative stand on the issues and is working hard to bring his message across the state. He is a person of integrity and would also make a great governor,” Jenkins said.