PEAS IN A POD: Pastors & Politics

Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum thinks a rather holy wave may be building for the 2019 election cycle. (Not only for the House and Senate, but possibly for at least one statewide race as well.)

"I have a number of friends who are considering running for office, a number of pastors from across the state who are even considering stepping down to step over,” he said in the season-closing episode.

It’s certainly a trend to watch as more faith-based advocates are trading in their placards and social media tirades for running shows. Rep. Rick Edmonds is among the latest. He was formerly a LFF vice president, and Mills believes he could go on to greater things, like secretary of state. “I think Rick is going to get into the race,” Mills said of the fall special election to replace former Secretary Tom Schedler.

Meanwhile, former Rep. Tony Perkins, who co-founded LFF and is now the president of the Family Research Council, was probably among the first from these far-right ranks to crossover in Baton Rouge. Mills said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Perkins on a ballot again one day, although he clarified that Perkins has no such immediate plans.

Asked about party politics, Mills sought higher ground — much higher. I don’t trust the donkey,” Mills said. “I don’t trust the elephant. I’m here to represent the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God.”

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