Vance McAllister for U.S. Senate?

Former Congressman Vance McAllister of Swartz is out of elected office but not out of politics. He told LaPolitics recently that he would consider running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, depending on the circumstances.

Right now, those circumstances center around fellow Republican Congressman John Fleming of Minden, who is growing increasingly vocal about wanting the seat should incumbent Sen. David Vitter be elected governor.

"If (Fleming) is the only one running, I would consider it," McAllister said. "I don't have a problem being against another Republican if it's the wrong kind of Republican running. We don't need another Ted Cruz."

The shot at the Texas senator is in reference to Fleming's efforts to move the House further to the right, most recently evidenced by the congressman's decision to leave the Republican Study Committee along with other conservatives to form a new group.

While McAllister may or may not have time to recover from his own scandal from last year, when he was caught on video kissing an aide, not to mention his primary defeat, his entrance would definitely carve up north Louisiana to some degree for Fleming.

That would, in theory, open up south Louisiana for another Republican like Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette. His inner circle has been careful, on and off the record, about addressing the race, although it's thought that Boustany is interested in the Senate. Admitting as much would do him little good as he's presumably facing re-election again soon and working the angles on the Hill for possible leadership spots in the future.

This story was first published in Issue 1,010 of LaPolitics Weekly on Jan. 15, 2014. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe now!

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