The Republican Governors Association is doubling down on its strikes against Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race.
Edwards, the only major Democrat in the race, faces Republicans David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle. Less than two weeks ago, the RGA said it had no plans to enter the race until the runoff, amid speculation that recent polling would shift its attention to Louisiana earlier than expected.
The new website the RGA is now promoting claims, “If you like Barack Obama, you’ll love John Bel Edwards.” It goes on to attack him for wanting to “expand Obamacare.”
The Democratic Governors Association has, thus far, only tip-toed into the Louisiana race. The group formally endorsed Edwards after qualifying earlier this month, and a spokesman told The Advocate the DGA is closely watching the race.
On Tuesday, the DGA released a formal statement striking back at the RGA and noting that none of the four candidates has ruled out Medicaid expansion.
“The same national group that backed Bobby Jindal is doing no favors for the three Louisiana Republican candidates,” spokesman Jared Leopold said. “All four major candidates in Louisiana support Medicaid expansion. This false attack ad is nothing more than a desperate attempt by national Republicans to respond to Senator Vitter’s sagging poll numbers.”