Reps. Charles boustany (R) and jeff landry (R) “took several swipes at each other.” landry “lobbed several attacks at boustany, painting himself as the more conservative representative and boustany as a washington insider. He said job growth is the nation’s most serious problem.” the “other three candidates” — physician bryan barrilleaux (R), atty ron richard (D) and navy vet/truck driver jim stark (L) — “instead set their crosshairs on the establishment rather than attacking each other. They echoed the sentiment that the current congressmen aren’t doing enough to solve the district’s problems.”
Highlights from the candidate forum, written in alphabetical order by candidate last name include: boustany “touted his ties to paul ryan “by saying he’s worked with” him “to tackle the federal government’s debt.” boustany said he helped stop a proposed $60B “tax increase on oil and gas producers”: and said he “has experience ‘dealing with a divided government’ and has ‘actually gotten laws passed to protect this district.’” he also talked about his role in writing the 2008 farm bill. Boustany: “you need somebody who is going to roll up their sleeves and do the hard histiocytoma dog removal cost work and not simply play politics.
Barrilleaux “criticized congress for recessing until after the elections with unfinished business.” he said he opposes the affordable care about and “described himself as a ‘pro-life conservative.’” he wants to reform campaign finance and noted “he is not accepting any campaign contributions because money is a major force of corruption in washington.” barrilleaux said “the major problem facing the district is the ‘lack of confidence that our government is representing us well,’ which he said could be fixed through campaign finance reform.” barrilleaux: “for any of these incumbents to come here and tell us they’re getting real results but at the same time tell us we’re facing real problems and this fiscal cliff, is irresponsible.”
Richard “believes in the american and union dream of a fair wage, a safe workplace and fair trade.” he thinks rice farmers “need a price-protection model that works for multiyear declines.” richard: “if you want someone who is willing to sit down, put my ideology and big, fat ego aside, then you need to send me to congress.”
Stark said he doesn’t identify with a party and rather “uses the constitution as a guide.” he prefers the federal government to stay “out of the way.” stark wants to “get rid of agricultural subsidies all together” and he wants “industrial hemp to be added to” LA’s economy. He “opposes the federal reserve’s quantitative easing” and said “congress should stop the president from engaging in foreign conflicts without approval.” stark: “the solutions to every single one of our issues can be found in our constitution and with more freedom, not less,” ( persac lafayette daily advertiser, 9/26).
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