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|Republicans should re-elect Alexander|
Saturday, Oct. 4, is election day in Louisiana.
Early voting for the Oct. 4 elections begins Saturday, Sept. 20, and ends Sept. 27.
Thanks to Hurricane Gustav, party primary elections were moved from Sept. 6 to Oct. 4. Apparently, there was a concern election workers who were displaced by Gustav could not be in place to work on election day, Sept. 6.
In the Oct. 4 elections, party primaries will be held in congressional district races across the state, including the 5th District of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The 2008 congressional elections mark the first time closed primaries will be held in Louisiana in years. The Legislature changed congressional elections from the open primary system to closed primaries not long ago, though it remains unclear to this day why state lawmakers felt closed primary elections were necessary. Suffice it say, party politics played a role, but that is another topic for another day.
Closed primary elections mean Democratic candidates will battle one another for the right to advance to the general election as the Democratic Party nominee. The same scenario will play out among Republicans, including the 5th District race where Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, currently represents the 5th District in the U.S. House.
Alexander will face a challenger in the Oct. 4 Republican primary. The challenger is Andrew Clack of Richland Parish.
Though he has not been excessively visible, Clack is running a staunch conservative campaign on a shoe-string budget. He claims the Republican Party has become too liberal.
While Clack certainly has made a valid point or two in shedding some light on a host of the big-government, liberal tendencies that plague the state and national Republican parties, we feel 5th District Republican voters should give Alexander the nod in the Oct. 4 election.
If Alexander wins the Republican primary on Oct. 4, he automatically will be declared the winner in the 5th District congressional race. That would be case since no Democrats qualified for the Democratic primary. And since no Democrat is running in the Democratic primary, the winner of the Republican primary will be elected outright to represent the 5th District when the new Congress takes office in January.
Since he was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002, Alexander has done a commendable job representing the fairly conservative views many 5th District voters possess.
Alexander, though, is no party animal, meaning he has a track record of recognizing when the positions or views of the national Republican Party conflict with what is in the best interest of the people of the 5th District. When the national Republican Party's positions or views were at odds with what is or was in the best interest of the people of the 5th District, Alexander is known for standing by constituents.
That's what a good congressman does; he protects the interests of his or her constituents first and foremost while appropriately placing party politics on the backburner.