BATON ROUGE – With another disappointing gubernatorial debate behind him, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle’s support in the race for governor remains nearly flat. Angelle has failed to connect with voters or to meaningfully distinguish himself from the other Republicans running to be the next Bobby Jindal, and with barely two weeks left in the race — he still hasn’t addressed lingering questions about his accountability for the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster.
When hundreds of Louisiana families were losing their homes to the sinkhole crisis in Assumption Parish, Scott Angelle cut and run. He abruptly left his post when he was needed most, to run for his current office as Public Service Commissioner. In contrast, the new front-runner in the race for governor, Rep. John Bel Edwards, has never faltered or backed down in a lifetime of service — first as a leader at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and later as a representative in the legislature. There, he has led the fight against Bobby Jindal’s disastrous failed policies and worked relentlessly for the good of his constituents. He has never given up, and he’s never walked away from a crisis.
“When the sinkhole was swallowing houses, Angelle was running for the door. Louisiana families deserve a leader they can count on, one who will put Louisiana first,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Scott Angelle was Bobby Jindal’s top lobbyist leading to the huge cuts to Higher Ed, now he wants us to believe him when he says he will reverse course? The only man running for governor who has a record of standing up to the failed policies of Jindal and Angelle is John Bel Edwards.”