Saturday, August 12, 2006

Teflon Jefferson has a dozen people seeking his seat

Well, well, its time for Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) to face voters and a dozen challengers in his bid for reelection, including some well-known Louisiana names. The Washington Post is reporting when the 5 p.m. filing deadline for the November election passed yesterday, eight Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian had filed to run against the eight-term incumbent, a sharp contrast to two years ago, when he faced one challenger. You remember Rep. Jefferson, the target of an FBI investigation. The Rep. who was more interested in filling his freezer with $90,000 of bribe money.

Under Louisiana election law, all the candidates will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the two top vote-getters will appear in a runoff election Dec. 9. The Washington Post reports New Orleans is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and many candidates said this week that they plan to focus on the city's recovery and Jefferson's performance. Focusing in on Jefferson's most recent performance should be no problem. The candidates include state Sen. Derrick Shepherd (D), state Rep. Karen Carter (D) and former state representative and New Orleans City Council member Troy Carter (D), all whom are very skilled at addressing the needs of New Orleans and Jefferson's performance, or lack thereof.


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