Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite) Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite)

MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election Friday the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.

The embattled Republican congressman took the "ice bucket challenge" outside Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office after registering for the Nov. 4 ballot. The challenge is designed to bring donations and attention to the ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease research.

Also signing up on the last registration day was Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness, a tea party favorite and retired Air Force colonel. He and GOP U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy are trying to keep Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu from a fourth term in office.

McAllister's aides dumped an ice chest full of icy water over the congressman, wearing a Saints jersey. He challenged Louisiana's entire congressional delegation and several other members of Congress to take a similar soaking. After his drenching, McAllister hopped into his pickup to head to a public speaking event.

Caught up earlier this year in a cheating scandal, the congressman is threatened in his re-election bid, drawing nine challengers by the close of qualifying.

"I guess they smell blood in the water," he joked. Later, he said: "The more, the merrier."

A security video leaked in April showed McAllister kissing a married former staffer who was not his wife. Republican leaders called on McAllister to resign, but he refused. McAllister still is considered to have a strong chance at winning a new term representing the northeast Louisiana-based 5th District.

"We have a God of second chances," he said.

Candidates running against the incumbent congressman include Republican Zach Dasher, a relative of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV family. Only one Democrat registered for the race: Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. In a last-minute surprise, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway, a Republican former congressman, jumped into the competition.

"I thought Vance McAllister would be the congressman for 20 years," Holloway said. "I was not happy with what happened with Vance, so that's my reason I'm running period."

In the Senate race, Landrieu and Cassidy qualified Wednesday.

As he signed up, Maness said he's put 60,000 miles on his truck traveling across Louisiana to pitch himself to voters. The first-time political candidate urged his opponents to debate him in public forums.

While Landrieu has agreed to a series of TV debates, Cassidy hasn't committed to any.

Maness asked the Secretary of State's Office to investigate Landrieu's New Orleans residence claims, saying she clearly lives in Washington full time.

"Anyone who looked at this matter objectively would concede that Sen. Landrieu no longer lives in Louisiana," he said.

But Schedler's office said it doesn't have the ability to determine whether a candidate meets the legal criteria required to run for an office. Spokeswoman Meg Casper said someone would have to file a lawsuit within seven days after qualifying ends to challenge Landrieu's qualifications for office.

Maness paid a qualifying fee rather than relying on the submission of a 5,000-signature petition that he previously said he would use to register for the race.

Six other, lesser-known contenders also are competing for the Senate seat, though none have done any visible fundraising. Democrat Raymond Brown, a minister from New Orleans, said he entered the Senate race because Landrieu hasn't done enough to stem violence in the black community.

Cassidy's bid for the Senate has left his 6th District seat open, and 13 candidates are vying for the position. Most well-known is former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 87, a Democrat and convicted felon. He is expected to make it to the December runoff election, along with one of the nine Republican candidates.

The state's four other incumbent congressmen also qualified for re-election: Republicans Steve Scalise, Charles Boustany and John Fleming and Democrat Cedric Richmond.

McAllister was the only one of Louisiana's U.S. House members to draw well-funded opposition as the three-day qualifying period ended Friday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy skies and high heat index values through tonight; wet weekend ahead

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy skies and high heat index values through tonight; wet weekend ahead

    Friday, June 23 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-06-23 19:47:38 GMT
    Storms possible overnight tonightStorms possible overnight tonight

    Overnight, we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Rain will arrive as early as midnight and make its way out to our south by 6:00 a.m. Temperatures will cool to the upper 70s. Winds will continue to blow out of the south, but should calm down to 5-10 mph. Over the weekend, we will continue to have higher than normal rain chances. We will have scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon on both days. 

    More >>

    Overnight, we could have a few showers and thunderstorms. They will be quick-moving storms and not last too long. Rain will arrive as early as midnight and make its way out to our south by 6:00 a.m. Temperatures will cool to the upper 70s. Winds will continue to blow out of the south, but should calm down to 5-10 mph. Over the weekend, we will continue to have higher than normal rain chances. We will have scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon on both days. 

    More >>
  • Two-vehicle accident on US 171 at Joe Miller Road

    Two-vehicle accident on US 171 at Joe Miller Road

    Friday, June 23 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-06-23 19:34:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    State Police are responding to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 171 at Joe Miller Road, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman. Injuries are unknown at this time, said Anderson. KPLC will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    State Police are responding to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 171 at Joe Miller Road, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman. Injuries are unknown at this time, said Anderson. KPLC will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Colorama comes to Historic City Hall

    Colorama comes to Historic City Hall

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:17 PM EDT2017-06-23 16:17:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    From the 1950's to the 1990's, Kodak displayed advertisements throughout Grand Central Station.

    More >>

    From the 1950's to the 1990's, Kodak displayed advertisements throughout Grand Central Station.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly