Jefferson Parish President John Young on Thursday welcomed a marquee guest to a fundraiser benefitting his campaign to become Louisiana’s next lieutenant governor: U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
Fiorina, a Republican and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, was primarily in New Orleans to attend a Thursday fundraiser in her benefit at the home of GOP political consultant Mary Matalin. But Fiorina was able to make an hour-long appearance at a fundraiser for Young in Metairie with the help of his significant other: former state Sen. Julie Quinn.
Quinn on Friday said she is the vice-chairwoman of the group Maggie’s List, which promotes women in public office who have conservative fiscal views. The chairwoman of Maggie’s List, Dr. Shane French, co-hosted the Fiorina fundraiser at Matalin’s home on Palmer Avenue; and Quinn said she told French it’d be good for Fiorina to meet people at the event for Young, who is also a Republican.
French agreed, and she and Fiorina attended Young’s fundraiser, which was organized by the parish president’s finance committee chairmen, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger and Joseph Canizaro.
After being briefed about Young, who served on the Jefferson Parish Council from 2004 to 2010 before spending the last five years as parish president, Fiorina gave a speech in support of the lieutenant governor hopeful.
“She had very supportive and kind words to say about John,” Quinn said. “The first five minutes of her speech was very complimentary of John’s job in Jefferson Parish” following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Quinn on Friday posted a photo on Twitter of her, Young and Fiorina at the fundraiser.
Young announced last year that he would forego re-election to run for the lieutenant governor’s seat for the Oct. 24 primary. His opponents are state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas, former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.
Holden is the only Democrat in the race. Like Young, Nungesser and Guillory are Republicans.
Fiorina is among more than a dozen Republicans running for president in 2016. The field includes Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.