It must have been tempting and I'm sure the Republican party would have liked to move Boustany into the Senate seat, but Boustany says he'll stay put in Congress.


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Folks in the Boustany camp say that the Republican Congressman decided not to run based on his dedication to the folks in his district and to his work in the House Ways and Means Committee. All that may be perfectly true. However, there is yet another consideration in the matter of challenging Landrieu.

At heart of the issue is the fact that, in order to run against the Democratic Senator,   Boustany would have to give up his seat in the House.

So, the door is now open for other state Repubs to run against Landrieu.  Among the possible candidates are, U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy and John Fleming, state education board president Chas Roemer and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.