Charles Boustany wins runoff like I asked him not to
Chawles, hea's how ya win when facts just ain't ya strong pownt
LAFAYETTE — Acadiana residents made Republican Dr. Charles Boustany Jr. their next representative in the 7th Congressional District on Saturday.
Boustany received 75,035 votes, or 55 percent, in the race, according to complete but unofficial returns on the Secretary of State’s Web site. His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Willie Landry Mount, earned 61,483 votes , or 45 percent.
55-45 percent--in Republican speak, a license to completely take over the universe.
Mount...had billed herself as the only candidate with experience, while Boustany described himself as the only one giving voters a concrete plan — his “Prescription for Prosperity.”
Boustany, a doctor, has never held public office of any kind. However, he did have a Bushesque catchphrase--"Prescription for Prosperity"--so he won. Voters are stupid.
At public events, he stressed his knowledge of the healthcare industry.
Which, of course, is exactly what holding public office is all about. Expect serious corporate kickbacks in south Louisiana even more than exists now.
His win gives the Republican party a boost in the state that gave its electoral votes to President Bush and Vice President Cheney and elected its first Republican senator, David Vitter last month.
If Louisiana wants to be proud of its ignorance, it can do so without me.
Only 136,518 people cast their votes in the race, compared to the 273,932 who voted on the race during the general election.
In other words, every voter that cared could fit in Lafayette (population: 190,503). What a mandate!
The race was one of two congressional races left undecided after the presidential elections. The other race in the 3rd District, which includes parts of St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin parishes, saw Democrat Charlie Melancon edge out Republican Billy Tauzin III by less than 500 votes.
So all is not lost--just 99 percent of it!
The national parties both took early interest in the races forking out money for TV ads slamming the opposing candidate. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry wired $50,000 to Mount and Melancon as a last-ditch effort to help the candidates make it through election day, according to reports from the Associated Press.
Which was nice, but $50,000 barely buys Bush's shoes.
By the way, if the title of this post left you wondering who out my five picks won this year, it was Jimmy Genovese for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hardly any consolation.
At least one recent event gives me hope for the future...