Another Republican Legislator Thinking About Senate Run

Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington

Although Congressman Bill Cassidy hung tough with GOP conservatives during the government shutdown, the carping from the right over his Senate candidacy continues, as another legislator says he is considering running.

Rep. Paul Hollis of Covington recently issued a statement citing the concern by him and fellow legislators for the “stability and direction of our country right now,” and concluding, “It is with that in mind that several of us have contemplated the idea of running for the Senate in 2014.” He did not return a call for comment.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport has said he would decide on running by early next year.

Talking about running is cheap, of course, and thinking about it is cheaper. Cassidy supporters point to the candidate’s $3.4 million in the bank and his extensive organization building to say that he is the one serious challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu. The only other declared Republican candidate is Rob Maness, who has reported raising $100,000 in six months.

Meanwhile, Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a website affiliated with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, has adjusted the Senate race from a “Toss Up” to “Likely Democratic.” The two biggest factors in the upgrade are Cassidy’s fundraising and Landrieu’s knack for pulling off tight elections, according to the site.

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