Kennedy's resignation suggestion to governor draws sharp rebuke

Newell, Clancy DuBos take senator to task

Chris Miller
June 13, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Senator John Kennedy's suggestion that Governor John Bel Edwards resign because of the legislature's budget impasse is drawing rebuke from political observers. 

In an interview with radio station KPEL in Lafayette, Kennedy said Edwards "can't hack it" and three times he said Edwards should resign turn things over to Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. 

Political analyst Clancy DuBos said Kennedy in recent weeks has interjected himself a lot into state politics.

"It's like he's not focused at all, or very little, on issues that matter to the Senate, or to Louisiana that are national issues," DuBos told WWL host Newell Normand. "Instead he's focused on local politics. He's interjected himself into everything from the legislature's affairs to the governor."

"The stench of his political posturing is worse than, to use his own words, 'two-day old roadkill,'" said Normand. 

DuBos and Normand said that's not serving Kennedy or his constituents well.

"Those states that are really succeeding are the states that are able to get themselves through the political smokescreens," said Normand. "Even though they disagree, they still try to find the common ground for the greater good for the constituency of their state, and those are the states that are going to continue to win."

Kennedy is rumored to have his eyes on the governor's  mansion in 2019. DuBos says it hurts Louisiana if its Washington delegation isn't focused on its job in D.C.

"Kennedy...seems to focus 80 to 90 percent of his time and energy on local political issues in Louisiana and not on things that matter to the U.S. Senate and to Louisiana in the U.S. Senate," said DuBos.

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