Race For Senate President Starting Early?

One of the more substantive issues looming over the next term of the Louisiana Legislature is who will succeed Senate President John Alario to lead the upper chamber.

Alario, R-Westwego, has held the post since 2012 and prior to that was a member of the House since 1972, a span during which he served as speaker twice.

That approaching exit will leave a major void in the Legislature, but much more so in the Senate.

He hasn’t said anything official yet, but Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, is certainly looking like an early candidate running to replace Alario for Senate president.

At least that’s the portrait being painted by the spending in his Bayou Leadership PAC, which is Allain’s leadership committee.

The PAC received a hefty $25,000 contribution in April from Galliano shipbuilder Gary Chouest and the money has been circulating ever since.

Over the past two months Allain’s PAC has given $2,500 to Sen. Ed Price, D-Gonzales, for his recent campaign for the upper chamber; $1,000 to Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, who’s running for the Jefferson Parish Council; and $1,000 to Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, who’s running for state treasurer.

Others said to be favored contenders for the Senate president’s race next term are Sens. Page Cortez of Lafayette, Ronnie Johns of Lake Charles and Rick Ward of Maringouin.

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