Voters in the Second Congressional District of Louisiana will witness polls this Saturday to determine the successor of Cedric Richmond. Cedric is an ex-congressman who has joined the administration of President Biden.
Louisiana has a nonpartisan primary program that advances two politicians who get the maximum vote regardless of their party. Now the state residents have to pick between state Sens. Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter, they are both Democrats.
This election has become a proxy battle, most progressives are supporting Peterson while moderate Democrats are supporting Carter.
Because no Republicans are in the running, most of the Republicans have lent their support to Carter.
Carter’s campaign has seen contributions from 8 elected Republican officials along with Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. Carter has also received donations from 67 donors that are Republican as per an analysis of federal campaign filings by Primary School. State Sen. John Alario appears in Troy’s literature but he has not contributed to the campaign.
Primary School said, “We’re not going to bury the lede here: Republicans are trying to win a special election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. It’s not that they’re trying to put a Republican in this seat. … Instead, they’re coalescing behind one of the Democrats in the race: state Senator Troy Carter.”
Both Peterson and Carter are veterans of New Orleans Democrats. Peterson is the former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Troy has mainstream Democratic support with California Rep. Ro Khanna supporting him along with various labor unions and New York Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Carter is also supported by Republicans in Louisiana along with centrist members of the Congressional Black Caucus, such as CBC Chairwoman Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.). Richmond is an ally to the gas and oil industry and was personally picked by President Joe to head the Office of Public Engagement. Carter seems to be his hand picked heir.
Peterson is supported by third-place congressional primary finisher Gary Chambers, the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ political action committee, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and the pro-choice group EMILY’s List. EMILY’s List has spent $1 million through a super PAC for Peterson.
Peterson supports many causes such as the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, the imposition of a wealth tax on the super-rich, and free public college tuition.
Thursday night saw the final debate being held where Peterson declared that she would give priority to progressive policies over bipartisanship. She said, “There will be times when I can work with Republicans, but I am not going to compromise my values on Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, passing the George Floyd Act.”
Troy however said he is committed to compromise so that he can do his best for his constituents. He said, “This notion that we can’t work together so we draw a line in the sand, and Democrats are devils to Republicans and Republicans are devils to Democrats, that’s counterproductive.”