Politicians eye Vitter's senate seat

Politicians eye Vitter's Senate seat

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter shocked a lot of people when, during his concession speech in the governor's race, he announced he would not seek re-election for his job on Capitol Hill.

Now some candidates are already lining up to run for the seat.

Vitter lost to Democrat John Bel Edwards on Saturday.

"I had decided when I decided to make this race with Wendy that I wanted to pursue new challenges outside the Senate no matter what. I'd reached my personal term limit," Vitter told a room filled with supporters.

"David Vitter surprised us all on election night announcing he would not seek," FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said. "After suffering such a bruising campaign during this election, it's probably a very smart move if he intends not to run to keep his name out of the news and prevent any potential contenders from trying to point to his weakness and try to get him out of the race."

Republican Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Congressman John Fleming said they intend to run for Vitter's seat. State Treasurer John Kennedy has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but for now Kennedy will not confirm that.

Republican and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is also seen as a possible candidate. And Democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was quoted in a national publication saying he is not ruling out a run.

A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Dardenne is not running for the seat. Calls to PSC Member Scott Angelle's camp were not returned.

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