New Orleans-area Republican Parties endorse Jeff Landry in Oct. 24 state Attorney General’s race _lowres

Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- Jeff Landry, a former congressman from New Iberia, received the endorsement Tuesday of the Louisiana Republican Party in his bid to unseat fellow Republican Buddy Caldwell, the incumbent state Attorney General. Landry is flanked by his wife, Sharon, his 10-year-old son, J.T., and Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party.

The Republican Parties of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and St. Tammany Parish on Thursday all endorsed former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry in the state Attorney General’s race, snubbing incumbent Buddy Caldwell, a fellow Republican.

Landry also won the endorsement over Republican Attorney General’s challenger Marty Maley, a former prosecutor in the Baton Rouge area. The two other candidates in the Oct. 24 election are Democrats: Geri Broussard Baloney and Ike Jackson.

The various New Orleans-area Republican Parties announced their endorsement of Landry, from New Iberia, in Metairie. It is rare for such an endorsement to go to a challenger over an incumbent.

“The Jefferson Parish Republican Party believes that Jeff Landry embodies the Republican principles of compassion, adherence to the Constitution, and fiscal conservatism,” Jefferson GOP Chairwoman Polly Thomas said in a statement.

St. John GOP Chairman Allan Reynaud added, “Landry’s unique combination of experience, conservatism and integrity make him the best choice to represent all of Louisiana’s citizens.”

Following his endorsement, Landry expressed his gratitude to the various Republican Parties chapters and said, “We recognize change is needed to fight federal overreach and make our communities safer.”

Landry represented Louisiana’s 3rd House District in Congress from 2011 to 2013. The Loyola Law School graduate is now a business attorney with a private practice.

If a runoff is necessary following the primary, it will be Nov. 21.