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Third Congressman Backs Republican in Louisiana Special Election #LA05

Scalise is taking sides in a special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Scalise is taking sides in a special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., endorsed GOP state Sen. Neil Riser in the special election race to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander.

“I served with Neil in the state legislature and have admired his strong leadership when it comes to defending Louisiana’s conservative values, protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, cutting wasteful spending and working to strengthen our economy,” Scalise said in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call from the Riser campaign on Friday. “I am confident Neil will bring those strong values and work ethic to Washington, and make an excellent Congressman for Louisiana’s Fifth District.”

“I am proud to endorse Neil Riser for Congress, and am asking all of my friends in the Fifth District to consider supporting him as well,” he added.

Scalise is the third House Republican from Louisiana to endorse Riser. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. endorsed him on Thursday, and CQ Roll Call reported on Wednesday that Rep. John Fleming backed Riser as well.

Louisiana’s 5th District is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Alexander abruptly resigned on Tuesday to take a position in the Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. The special election primary will be Oct. 19, and the general election will take place Nov. 16.

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