Attorney General Jeff Landry took part in a recent dinner at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with top Republican donors from across the country.
Landry, who took office in January 2016, has been steadily building his national profile by serving on the Republican Attorneys General Association's executive committee and becoming next-in-line to serve as president of the non-partisan National Association of Attorneys General next year.
The Mar-a-Lago event was part of a recent unpublicized Republican Attorneys General Association meeting, first reported by MapLight a nonprofit research group that tracks money in politics. According to MapLight, attorneys general who attended the annual meeting had a chance to take part in a "wide range of excursions, from golf outings or trips to local museums, to catamaran tours on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway."
The event's agenda listed activities from Nov. 10 to Nov. 14.
Special guests included U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, National Review editor Rich Lowry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, and former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, of Utah, who is now a Fox News contributor.
The AGs also held 45-minute fundraising receptions. Landry's was at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 13, along with the attorneys general of Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. MapLight reported that RAGA raised $7.3 million in the first six months of 2017 and $19.3 million from 2015 through 2016.
"Attorney General Jeff Landry takes every opportunity he can to visit with fellow Republican and Democratic Attorneys General to learn about what works in their states and to find solutions to problems," said Brent Littlefield, a top political consultant to Landry.
Landry, who previously spent two years in the U.S. House before going on to unseat two-term incumbent Buddy Caldwell as attorney general, hasn't said what political office is next on his radar, but his repeated clashes with Gov. John Bel Edwards, a first-term Democrat who is seeking re-election in 2019, have prompted speculation that he could mount a campaign for governor.
Landry, who hails from St. Martinville, has repeatedly declined to directly say whether or not he will run for governor.
His involvement with RAGA comes at a time when Edwards has been building his profile within the Democratic Governors Association. (Edwards' predecessor Bobby Jindal was active in the Republican Governors Association and served as its chairman.)
The DGA typically meets in early December, but it also has not publicized its annual meeting. Those meetings also reportedly draw high-profile donors and public figures.