If there was any doubt about the national Republican
Party’s commitment to his U.S. Senate campaign, state treasurer John Kennedy
put those to rest yesterday when he announced that the National Republican
Senatorial Committee was hosting a fundraiser for him on April 22 in Baton Rouge, and that
President Bush will be among the distinguished guests. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen.
David Vitter, and the state’s four Republican Congressmen are co-hosts.
Tickets are $2,000.
Kennedy, a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party last year, is
challenging U.S. Sen. Mary Landreiu’s re-election bid. Kennedy also ran for
Senate in 2004, as a Democrat, an election won by David Vitter. Last year, Kennedy reportedly met with Bush's chief policital strategist, Karl Rove, to discuss this year's senate election. The fundraiser is another signal that Kennedy is the GOP’s choice candidate for the senate seat, though
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne has yet to rule out the possibility of challenging Kennedy in a Republican primary. Meanwhile, Landreiu
is trying to use Bush’s visit to capitalize on her own fundraising, saying that
Kenndy will likely pocket $1 million from the event – a number she is challenging
her supporters to match.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.