Conservative Congressman Jeff Landry is a refreshingly different kind of politician. From the first time I met him last year, I could tell right away that he wasn’t comfortable just going along with the broken ways of the Washington establishment like so many others do. Jeff Landry is a citizen politician who lives a long way away from D.C. – he’s from South Louisiana – Cajun country. His home is in a town called New Iberia, which is about 20 miles Southeast of Lafayette and about 130 miles West of New Orleans. Landry is running for Congress to help fix America’s biggest fiscal and economic problems, not to become a card-carrying member of the D.C. social circuit. He wants to use his background as a small businessman, veteran, and police officer to solve problems with commonsense solutions.
Rep. Landry was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 3rd District of Louisiana in 2010. The redistricting process has forced an incumbent-on-incumbent match-up in the newly formed 3rd district. Congressman Charles Boustany, formerly of Louisiana’s 7th district, will square off against Landry in the Pelican State’s unique December 8th run-off election.
Rep. Boustany, since being elected in 2004, has become a Washington insider who runs in the same circles as career politicians in party leadership. The highly respected Almanac of American Politics 2012 edition has described Boustany’s voting record as “relatively moderate for a Southern Republican…”
By contrast, Landry is a noted constitutional conservative who came to Washington two years ago to reform it, not to become part of an establishment that has excelled at nothing but kicking the can down the road on the difficult issues that need to be resolved for our children and grandchildren. During Landry’s first term, he has become a well respected author of innovative legislative proposals that focus on reforming and streamlining the size and scope of government.
For instance, in 2008, Mr. Boustany voted in favor of the infamous $700 billion TARP bailout and said at the time that “this was a bill that had to pass.” Statements like this one are made by politicians who won’t stand up against the prevailing winds in Washington. Congressman Landry is the opposite. He opposes bailouts on principle – he believes that irresponsible banks on Wall Street had no business being propped up by hard-working American taxpayers.
Make no mistake about it – this is a very important race. The results will indicate whether or not Americans still yearn for reform or if the status quo has seeped back to prominence. If you are a voter in Louisiana’s new 3rd congressional district, here’s what you need to know: If you consider yourself a conservative American, Jeff Landry is your candidate. If you support tea party principles, Jeff Landry is your candidate. And if you want a Washington outsider whose priority is his constituents – not his party’s leadership – please pull the lever for Jeff Landry when you go to vote.