Though Louisiana Republicans talked of lawsuits over how delegates were allotted after the presidential primary in March, they closed ranks Wednesday after Donald Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee for president.
“I’ve always said that I will support the Republican nominee,” said U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson. “Now is the time for our party to unite around Donald Trump so that we can focus on defeating Hillary Clinton in November to prevent another four years of job-killing, big-government policies so we can get our economy back on track.”
U.S. Sen. David Vitter, of Metairie, also was critical of former Secretary of State Clinton, who is the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president.
“I am absolutely committed to continuing the fight to make sure we defeat Hillary Clinton this fall because the American people deserve a president who will put the needs of our country first. After the Indiana primary, it’s clear that our candidate is Donald Trump,” Vitter said.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, said, if asked, he would hit the campaign trail for the New York City developer and reality television host who knocked off 16 GOP rivals — including former Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“For me, personally, I’m going to vote for Donald Trump,” said U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham Jr., of Mangham. “The voters feel forgotten by their government, and Mr. Trump’s message has clearly resonated with them.”
Other members of Louisiana’s Republican congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette; Garret Graves, of Baton Rouge; and John Fleming, of Minden — didn’t take The Advocate up on its request to comment on Wednesday.
But the state party released a statement in the name of the delegation urging the GOP to unite behind Trump.
“The 2016 Republican presidential nomination process was the most spirited in a generation with a deep bench of great candidates, but we are now confident that the Republican Party will bond together behind our nominee,” the GOP statement said. “The stakes are too high to hand over the keys to the White House to another far-left Democrat. For instance, we cannot allow the Supreme Court to be controlled by radical liberals for a generation. Our best chance to prevent this from happening is to unite and work hard to elect a Republican president in the fall.”
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