by Kevin Allman
Restore Our Republic, which Politico calls a "hard-core PAC for hard-right Republicans," aims to raise money to support fiscal and social conservatives in races for the U.S. House of Representatives, though it hasn't announced formal support of any candidates yet.
Landry, who expressed his disgust with Washington on his way out the door (some of his fellow legislators say the feeling was entirely mutual), told the media his first priority upon returning to Acadiana was getting back to duck hunting. That didn't stop speculation that Landry might stand against Sen. Mary Landrieu in the 2014 election, a notion that Landry himself has never quite discouraged. But Politico speculates the establishment of the SuperPAC makes a Landry candidacy less likely:
Landry, who has been viewed as a possible Louisiana Senate candidate in 2014, said launching Restore Our Republic doesn’t necessarily close other doors for his political future. But he emphasized that the super PAC is a long-term project, which most likely lowers the odds of a challenge next year to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
“These super PACs are great avenues for candidates such as myself — such as I was back in 2012 — and gives them an added boost in a race when they are challenging more establishment Republicans or Democrats,” Landry said. “This super PAC is designed to protect, secure and advance conservative principles in the House of Representatives.”
So far the only announced challenger to Landrieu is Rep. Bill Cassidy, who made his official announcement April 3 (and already has a Cassidy 2014 website up and running). Another possible challenger: Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, who served in the state House from 1996 to 2004. In 2002, Perkins ran for Landrieu's Senate seat, but finished fourth; Landrieu won reelection. Rep. John Fleming, who had also been mentioned as a potential Landrieu opponent, took his name out of the hat last week.