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Wrap up of events for 11/14/02 in Louisiana Senate Runoff.(My Title)
The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/15/02

Posted on 11/15/2002 5:06:32 AM PST by Sparta

Edited on 07/14/2004 12:59:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Thursday was Day 9 of the long-running Gov. Foster senatorial endorsement soap opera. Foster did not endorse Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell on his weekly "Live Mike" radio call-in show, but he didn't rule it out either. After catching some flak from Republican backers of Terrell, the state's elections commissioner, Foster the titular head of the state GOP, said: "I am going to do whatever I can for the president because he needs a Congress he can work with. I am obligated to do what I can to help the president." Foster said one reason he hasn't made an endorsement is that, "I had gotten sort of irritated with the administration over the last few weeks." He said he had felt that "they weren't worried about Louisiana." But since then, he said, "We've had some good conversations." Foster has been critical of the White House for not approving the state's educational accountability program that pre-dated the federal plan and in his view is stronger. Foster said he has sent aides to Washington to meet with Bush advisers about meshing the two plans. "I feel better about it now," he said.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: foster; landrieu; terrell
To RINO Foster: Endorse Terrell now in order to maintain some legitamacy as a Republican.
1 posted on 11/15/2002 5:06:33 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
I thought he did?
2 posted on 11/15/2002 5:09:01 AM PST by donozark
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To: donozark
No he hasn't. (He's whined that Terrell was too negative towards Landrieu.)
3 posted on 11/15/2002 5:11:20 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
It is time for the aministration to play hardball with Foster. He should be told not just to endorse but to appear on the campaign trail actively supporting his fellow Republican or Louisiana will be treated like a French colony when it is time to receive federal funds for his favorite projects.
4 posted on 11/15/2002 5:14:45 AM PST by cgbg
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To: Sparta
See Washington Post. He said yesterday he supports President's goal of getting a Republican elected. They do expect a more "formal" endorsement at a later date. If you enter "terrell" in search function you can bring it up.

He needs to come out in support of her. As do Cooksey etal. And she needs to contact GOA and complete their survey so she doesn't have a "NR" (not rated) by her name on gunowners.org

5 posted on 11/15/2002 5:17:05 AM PST by donozark
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To: Sparta
What is Foster waiting for? Why isn't he endorsing Terrell?
6 posted on 11/15/2002 5:53:50 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: cgbg
It is time for the aministration to play hardball with Foster. He should be told not just to endorse but to appear on the campaign trail actively supporting his fellow Republican or Louisiana will be treated like a French colony when it is time to receive federal funds for his favorite projects. Do you not think that the President might not already have implied as much during his conversations with the Guv'? If Foster does not come around AND Terrel wins/loses, than Foster might as well head for Cuba. I suspect he is negotiating for the best deal he can get personally.
7 posted on 11/15/2002 6:45:30 AM PST by RobbyS
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To: Catspaw
Foster, a former democrat, is pouting for a couple of reasons.

He endorsed another candidate in the primary, Congressman Cooksey. Cooksey got 14% of the vote. He and Foster have behaved disgracefully, like petulant children since the election. The NRSC made a decision to back Mrs Terrell without consulting with the Gov. No reason for them to do so, since the Gov. had already announced his support for Cooksey before Terrell entered the race. With national support came money, $500K, and a more effective ad campaign for Mrs Terrell. The gov. didn't like that, thought the NRSC should have spread the money around amongst the 3 Republicans instead of the one they had endorsed... Try to figure that out. He said he didn't like that wasn't consulted. Found fault with Mrs Terrell's radio and TV ads, said they were negative. Apparently, he equates talking about Landrieu's record negative. Foster switched parties in 1996 and seems to still have some loyalty to the democrats. Lastly, he has a pet education project that he feels is better than the administration's plan. So, he is in a snit over it, wants the White House to make some concessions. Personally, I think the gov. ought to be careful what he wishes for, he just might get that one thing and that might be the last bit of cooperation he gets.

8 posted on 11/15/2002 8:38:44 AM PST by Darlin'
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To: Darlin'
So what it boils down to is Mike Foster having a snit fit--and could possibly end up helping Mary Landrieu. Sheesh.
9 posted on 11/15/2002 9:53:31 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
He is having a snit-fit but he will eventually give a half hearted show of support for Suzie Terrell. By the time he does it will be worthless. In his comments yesterday he never once said Mrs Terrell's last name. It was so obvious that the press pointed it out in an article. I find his behavior despicable and I've lost a tremendous amount of respect for him.
10 posted on 11/15/2002 9:59:45 AM PST by Darlin'
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To: Darlin'
They got this Cajun Quarter Horse Sport down in the bayous, where they race two quarter horses in separate fenced lanes. No riders. Just surcingles, with two beer cans with rattling pebbles inside attached to the surcingle.

Given what I have seen of of Louisiana politics, I feel this is the method they should use to settle political races, especially primaries. Strip'em naked, strap rattles on'em, and whip'em. Then everybody back the winning animal. Laissez les bons temps rouler, mes hypocrites frères français! En regard a cette canaille Foster, je vous propose la même solution comme cela proposée par Hillary a l'autre Foster.

11 posted on 11/15/2002 10:29:32 AM PST by Francohio
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To: Francohio
FOFLOL. Hey, that might become a real popular way of determining a winner down here.

This coming Monday, Vice President Cheney will campaign with Mrs Terrell in Monroe and Lafayette. Foster has said he will probably, 'stand with the Vice President' !?!?!?! If M Foster is still 'boude, makin' de bahbin'* on Monday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he gets a lesson in, how to eat the cabbage, from the Vice President. LOL

* cajun for sulking and pouting. My apologies to my cajun neighbors if I got that wrong.

12 posted on 11/15/2002 11:11:49 AM PST by Darlin'
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To: Catspaw
Because he Terrell was "too mean" to Landrieu during the general election. (And the fact that he's a RINO also has to be taken into consideration)
13 posted on 11/15/2002 12:49:43 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
If you could see me, I'm rolling my eyes about Foster.

But my gut says it's more than just Foster being a RINO. He wants something. I wonder what it is?

14 posted on 11/15/2002 1:04:18 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Another thread has posted that Mikey is trying to get excluded from the new National Education Standards. He may be holding the party for ransom.
15 posted on 11/15/2002 1:09:07 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
I wondered if it was money, power or something else...and that's in the "something else" category. If this doesn't work out for Foster and Terrell isn't elected, I'd venture to say that Mike Foster couldn't get elected dog catcher after this stunt.
16 posted on 11/15/2002 1:13:02 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Fortunately we term limited the RINO bastard. He's gone next year, he did nothing to build the state party so we can have viable contender next year. (However Tony Perkins, who finished fourth in the Senate race, now has to considered a serious contender for the Repubs.)
17 posted on 11/15/2002 1:15:37 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Catspaw
I have posted this on threads before and I will say it again on this board...Foster is NOT a Republican, let alone a conservative. He only changed parties on qualifying day for Governor in 1995. Would NOT endorse Dole in 96, but couldn't endorse Dem Senator Breaux in 98, who did not even need the help. Also he thought that Clinton was being treated unfairly in the impeachment saga...
18 posted on 11/15/2002 1:23:05 PM PST by BerniesFriend
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To: BerniesFriend
In addition to my eyes rolling, I think they're venturing into crossing....Foster is an idiot. He sounds hellbent on getting Mary Landrieu reelected, not directly, but certainly indirectly, by his inaction. What a peabrain.
19 posted on 11/15/2002 1:25:50 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: BerniesFriend
Has Breaux endorsed Landrieu yet? He's about as conservative as a Dem can get. How does the Louisiana GOP and the voters in general view him?
20 posted on 11/15/2002 2:13:30 PM PST by NarniaSC
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To: Sparta
People need to understand that politics in Louisiana has less to do with party affiliation and more to do with back room power brokers.

The back room good ol' boys are a pretty crafty bunch. The same guys that back Foster, backed Cooksey, and backed Landrieu. They own the vast majorty of the political grass roots get out the vote machine.

The reason Foster has not endorsed Terrill is because she is independent of these groups or at least is being backed by different factions than the ones backing Foster.

These political power brokers are the remenant of the old Huey Long machine and are the same powers that supported Edwin Edwards.

Remember, Foster's family is from a long line of Louisiana politicians. Foster's Grand Father was Gov. of LA in 1900.

Of course, you can discount this as horse sh!t. After all, everyone knows politics in Louisiana is as clean as the wind driven snow.
21 posted on 11/15/2002 2:59:40 PM PST by nov7freedomday
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To: nov7freedomday
Foster's Grand Father was Gov. of LA in 1900

Interesting fact: Murphy Foster was the governor who filed the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case legalizing segregation in the US.
22 posted on 11/15/2002 3:07:42 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta; Catspaw
Another thread has posted that Mikey is trying to get excluded from the new National Education Standards. He may be holding the party for ransom.

Actually, all three Republican candidates for Senate were in favor of Louisiana's getting some some kind of waiver from the details of the No Child Left Behind requirements. Louisiana's state program has very similar requirements but they are different enough that we will have some problems with the federal government if we don't make changes or receive a waiver. In the first debate, all three Republican candidates, including Mrs. Terrell, were very strong in insisting that the Louisiana program should have precedence and should not have to change. Mary Landrieu insisted first that there were no conflicts and then made a half-hearted assurance that we can probably receive waivers. The Louisiana program is showing good results, and Mrs. Terrell's support it over the national plan is a strong point in her favor. By the way, the reporter who asked the question about this situation is a black woman.

If the price of Governor Foster's endorsement is a waiver from the details of a program for which we already have an excellent substitute, then he's doing the state a favor. Furthermore, he's doing something that Mrs. Terrell supports entirely.

WFTR
Bill

23 posted on 11/15/2002 4:52:05 PM PST by WFTR
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To: cgbg
It is time for the aministration to play hardball with Foster. He should be told not just to endorse but to appear on the campaign trail actively supporting his fellow Republican or Louisiana will be treated like a French colony when it is time to receive federal funds for his favorite projects.

Are you aware that Governor Foster's term expires in January of 2004? Are you aware that with just over a year to go in his term he may not care in the least about whether the federal government spends on his pet programs? Are you aware that President Bush only won the presidency by 1 electoral vote and that Al Gore would be president without Louisiana's support for then-Govenor Bush? Are you aware that much can happen in two years and that 2004 may not be the GOP landslide that we are expecting right now? The president might just need these electoral votes in two years, and a state that has 2/3rds registered Democrats could go the other way very easily. Are you aware that a state that is 30% black and 2/3rds Democrat might find more in common with a governor that doesn't roll over and play dead every time a Republican president shouts? I think you need to give these comments some more thought. The national party threatening the state could mobilize the Democrats to re-elect Mrs. Landrieu by a huge margin.

WFTR
Bill

24 posted on 11/15/2002 5:01:25 PM PST by WFTR
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To: WFTR
Are you aware...

Now that you have explained all this I am convinced the threatening should be done _in private_ outside the state of Louisiana with the Guv swept for listening devices. ;-)

The Senate race is importanat--and it is long past time the WH played hardball in a state rife with Rat voter fraud.
25 posted on 11/16/2002 4:47:56 AM PST by cgbg
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To: cgbg
The Senate race is very important, but threats will accomplish nothing. To the extent that they are made, they will do harm and not good. The best way to win this race is to stop focusing on Governor Foster or anyone else. The whole point of supporting Mrs. Terrell's candidacy was that her demographics - female, Roman Catholic, long Louisiana family history, support base in New Orleans - would make swing voters think that she wasn't just another part of the same white male conservative Republican group. By focusing on those who aren't in the race anymore, we only make the swing voters think that our candidate really wasn't that strong in comparison to those who lost.

I guess you have it in your head that you want to threaten someone. It's unfortunate that someone claiming to be a conservative or a Republican thinks that way, but I guess sometimes the differences between the parties aren't as big as I hoped.

WFTR
Bill

26 posted on 11/16/2002 2:09:54 PM PST by WFTR
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To: NarniaSC
Has Breaux endorsed Landrieu yet? He's about as conservative as a Dem can get. How does the Louisiana GOP and the voters in general view him?

Actually Breaux did a commercial for Landrieu in September..whiched tipped the fact that Mary was in trouble..

Breaux has had no problem with re-election in his last two attempts..he could have had the governor's mansion next year if he wanted..(Foster is term limited)..but Breaux passed on it..It is also a badly kept secret that Breaux wants out of the Senate and won't run in 04..Bush could name him ambassarder of France..a job he has hinted he would take..

27 posted on 11/16/2002 9:28:45 PM PST by BerniesFriend
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