Two of the four major candidates for governor spoke at an oil and gas industry event in Baton Rouge on Monday.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, both Republicans, took turns praising the industry, which is the state’s largest employer.
“Things are changing fast and Louisiana is trying to adapt to those changes,” Angelle said of the industry. “We can have it all.”
Vitter said he believes the industry faces too much government interference.
“We need to get the federal government out of the way,” he said. “We still have too many attacks against good job producers.”
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, an Amite Democrat also running, had been slated to attend the event but said he was busy with legislation at the Capitol.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, another Republican in the race, is on a tour across the state this week promoting Louisiana tourism.
Several hundred people, many of them dressed in bright green T-shirts promoting the industry, gathered for the annual Oil and Gas Industry Day, held at the Pentagon Barracks near the state Capitol.
After, they planned to move inside the Capitol to continue lobbying on behalf of the industry.