Capitol Gains: JBE, Re-Election Politics & Chicken Stuff

Gov. John Bel Edwards was the guest for our inaugural episode of Capitol Gains, Louisiana’s only Sunday morning political talk show.

In case you missed it, Edwards talked about his campaign's fundraising totals from last year and the current political landscape in Louisiana. (His chickens also made an appearance.)

Edwards said his re-election campaign will soon report that it raised $2.1 million last year, which falls short of the roughly $3 million (record-setting for the first year of a Louisiana governor) it collected in 2016.

Any sting of disappointment among supporters will be eased by the $5 million Edwards will report as being in the bank. Of all the donations accepted by Edwards in 2017, 85 percent came from individuals in Louisiana contributing an average of $200 each.

The governor is also starting to make logistical plans for his re-election campaign, with a full staffing structure expected for January 2019 — possibly including the transfer of key personalities from the government side to the campaign side — and then Edwards providing his full attention to the effort that following spring.

“My goal is to switch into full campaign mode after the 2019 regular session,” Edwards said during his interview on Capitol Gains. “But there’s some preparatory work that has to happen and you’ll see that happening about this time next year, I believe in earnest, at least that’s the plan moving forward.”

Edwards likewise discussed what kind of buy-in he anticipates from the Democratic Governors Association as well as other re-election politics.

You’ll be able to watch new episodes of Capitol Gains on the final Sunday of each by following LaPolitics on Twitter and Facebook, and by visiting LaPolitics.com.

Or watch the first episode right now!

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