Lenar Whitney (above) is a Republican candidate in the primary for Congress in Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District (LA-06) and currently is a state house member in the Pelican State. The seat she is running for is the same one that former Democratic Governor and ex-con Edwin Edwards is running for.
David Wasserman, House editor (that means he deals with House races) for The Cook Political Report, recently wrote about Whitney (and others) for The Washington Post.
A sample of what he wrote:
But never have I met any candidate quite as frightening or fact-averse as Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55, who visited my office last Wednesday. It’s tough to decide which party’s worst nightmare she would be.
Wasserman points out that some have called Whitney the “Sarah Palin of the South” and that she considers Michelle Bachmann a role model. He goes on to criticize Whitney for what he report is her inability to defend her position as a “climate denier.”
Wasserman notes that he changed the subject and implies that Whitney is a birther:
To change the subject, I asked whether she believed Obama was born in the United States. When she replied that it was a matter of some controversy, her two campaign consultants quickly whisked her out of the room, accusing me of conducting a “Palin-style interview.”
He does note that Whitney is in a crowded field and is lagging in fundraising but still teases a Whitney-Edwards runoff as a possibility.
In an attempt to show the GOP as struggling with image problems, Wasserman writes about outgoing Congressman Paul Broun’s comments critical of evolution and comments by his colleague Phil Gingrey defending Todd Akin (presumably not this year.) This is noted to show that Republicans could find themselves in similar straits to past problems caused by Akin and other candidates.
Wasserman then goes on to write about Jody Hice, who I wrote about before at Practical Politicking. Hice was endorsed by Broun and won the recent congressional primary runoff for Broun’s seat. Hice should win relatively easily even if Democrats try to nationalize his race or use him to hurt Republicans in the Georgia Senate race.
Wasserman’s analysis about Hice, Whitney, and others hurting Republicans in the fall seems to be a stretch for right now. All indications are that Democrats are going to try to ride the Hobby Lobby ruling and “War on Women” rhetoric all the way to the fall election, with the impeachment scare-mongering coming to the fore this week.