Both Parties Launch Ads in Louisiana’s Special Election

Posted April 10, 2008 at 5:29pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee, concerned about the viability of former state Rep. Woody Jenkins, the GOP nominee in Louisiana’s 6th district special election, will put precious financial resources into his race against state Rep. Don Cazayoux (D). The NRCC has purchased a 1,000-point ad buy in the Baton Rouge-based district, with ads beginning Thursday night. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee earlier this week also signaled its intention to play in the district, dropping $92,000 for an ad attacking Jenkins and also paying for pro-Cazayoux literature. The DCCC ads began airing Tuesday. Titled “Tax You,” the NRCC ad paints Cazayoux as “a liberal with a long record of voting for higher taxes and fees.” “Instead of Don Cazayoux, it oughta be Don ‘Tax You.’” the announcer says in the 30-second ad. “Cazayoux, Tax you. Hard to spell, harder to pay for.” GOP trepidation in what has historically been a Republican district increased after an internal Republican poll from March showed Jenkins, who was on Capitol Hill on Thursday, down 3 points to Cazayoux in the May 3 special general. Cazayoux released his own poll this week showing him up 5 points over Jenkins. But today’s NRCC independent expenditure came after a second Republican poll was in the field last week. — John McArdle