Louisiana: Wealthy Democrat on TV Against Scalise

Posted August 8, 2008 at 5:17pm

Wealthy businessman Jim Harlan (D), running against Rep. Steve Scalise (R) in the fall, dropped the first television ad of the 1st district campaign Thursday.

The one-minute bio ad seeks to emphasize Harlan as “independent-minded” with a pro-gun, anti-abortion, fiscally conservative political philosophy.

Harlan is a former aide with the U.S. Department of Energy who touts himself as an expert on energy production issues. He has already loaned his Congressional campaign $525,000 and raised about $70,000 more since entering the race.

Scalise won a special election this spring to replace now-Gov. Bobby Jindal in the 1st district, which is considered to be the most GOP district in the state.