POD: Getting to Know Eric LaFleur (Again)

Remember when Sen. Eric LaFleur ran a campaign commercial entirely about ducks? (Or, as he calls them, les canards.)

The first episode of this most recent season of The LaPolitics Report featured LaFleur on the opening day of the 2017 regular session discussing that campaign ad and much more.

At the time, he was still predicting that the Legislature would balance this year’s budget.

“At the end of the day, cooler heads prevail, those that are on the fringe get pushed out and those in the middle usually rise to the top and can come up with a compromise that works,” he said back in April. “That’s what you want to see happen. And that has traditionally happened.”

That’s no doubt what many people are looking for out of next year’s legislative process.

LaFleur first began his Capitol career in 2000, in the lower chamber. Although not everyone knew he was an elected official.

“I was much younger looking back then and I had a blue blazer on and I walked over to the Senate side, and Sen. [Diana] Bajoie called me over and asked me to get her a Coke,” LaFleur recalled with a laugh. “Which I did.”

We also kicked off this episode with words of wisdom from a few of the original delegates to the 1973-74 constitutional convention, like John AlarioBubba HenryBuddy RoemerWoody Jenkins and Edwin Edwards.

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