The 2019 governor’s race took a turn that blindsided many, when US Senator John Kennedy announced he would not challenge Governor Edwards. Political consultant Roy Fletcher says there’s a reason why the GOP doesn't have a Plan B candidate.
"Kennedy sucked the oxygen out of the room and then Elvis left the building," said Fletcher. "The bottom line is that they don't have a candidate yet, but they will."
So far, the lone announced challenger is Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone, while US Representative Ralph Abraham, state senator Sharon Hewitt and state treasurer John Schroder are potential candidates.
Fletcher says they all face the same obstacle.
"There is nobody in that field that has more than a 40% name recognition statewide, whereas the governor is 95% and you can't beat somebody with nobody," said Fletcher.
Fletcher says Rispone, who can bankroll is his own campaign, will need to introduce himself to voters soon, as he's maintained a low profile since filing paperwork to announce his candidacy.
"He has been pretty quiet, but in this situation, I would let my money do the talking. I would not be yapping, I would be out there spending."