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Should There Be A Blacklist Of Bad-Actor Political Consultants In Louisiana?

This is an idea which has generated quite a bit of discussion in some Republican circles this fall – particularly among some of the institutional players in state politics in advance of the 2019 election cycle which is about to start any minute now. We’ll get into why there is a discussion of a blacklist and what’s motivating it, but actions by consultants in the Secretary of State race have precipitated a feeling among some that Louisiana’s political process is being corrupted, and many of its voters cheated, by unscrupulous and incompetent consultants in it for themselves.

Let’s understand something at the outset, though – no political consultant in Louisiana does more damage to the quest to elect good people to political office in this state than does our jungle primary, which time and again produces substandard runoff races. The most famous of these is obviously the 1991 governor’s race which ended in a runoff between Edwin Edwards and David Duke, but there have been lots of other examples of jungle-primary runoffs that wouldn’t have happened had Louisiana embraced party primaries like most other states. But the jungle primary isn’t the only problem with the system in this state – something else is wrong as well. Namely, that here the runoff election is usually less than six weeks after the primary. That means there is no cooling-off period during which losing candidates can decompress before being asked to endorse those who made the runoff, and the opportunities to absorb the campaigns of the also-rans are limited. Voters also don’t get a break from the constant drumbeat of political ads on TV and radio, something that in other states, where the primaries are often in the spring and summer, makes for a superior experience to the grind we endure from Labor Day to past Thanksgiving.

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