By: Allen Johnson
U.S. Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, made a commitment to help top GOP leaders with Louisianas recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita during his recent campaign swing through New Orleans, one insider says. McCain was in town to mend fences with social conservatives by addressing a meeting of the Council of National Policy at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. He also met with top Louisiana Republicans, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander. McCain made a commitment to help us with the recovery, says Roger Villere Jr., GOP state chair. I cant really get into that, but it was an excellent commitment. En route to the airport in a van, McCain asked questions about the recovery and the March 8 primary election campaigns in the First and Sixth congressional districts, Villere says. He has a plan to win, says Villere, who endorsed McCain in January. Meanwhile, during a stop at the Airport Hilton Hotel, a local African-American Republican (whose name was not made available) presented McCain with one of the treasured throws of Carnival a Zulu coconut. He didnt understand the significance, Villere says. I told him how special it was.