Jeff Sadow: Could John Kennedy’s posturing be more about the governor than the president?

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Last week, Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy emitted the strongest signals yet that Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards should be looking over his shoulder for 2019.

Over 24 hours, Kennedy did what he does best, reiterating conservative credentials while styling himself as a populist maverick. This combination provides the best path to occupying the Governor’s Mansion in today’s Louisiana.

On Tuesday, Kennedy delved — not for the first time — into state politics by attacking the Edwards-led effort that released early a significant number of the state’s prisoners and that changed laws to send fewer convicted criminals to prison. With legislative support, the governor implemented these reforms after having promised during his campaign to cut the state’s incarcerated population by 10 percent, thereby generating savings and funding to reduce recidivism…

 

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