Cravins Jr. weighs party switch, Congressional run
State Sen. Don Cravins Jr. is considering a run
for Congress in the 7th District, possibly as an independent. “Right
now, my wife and I are talking about it,” he says. “I’m being contacted by the
DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]. People are still approaching me, even some
Republicans in the district, asking me to consider running. I’m considering
it.” Thus far, no candidate has emerged to face off against Republican
Congressman Charles Boustany, who is up for re-election this fall.
Cravins says he is also considering the possibly of running as
an independent, which would allow him to go directly
on the November ballot, bypassing a possible party primary in October. The 35-year-old state Sen. says he has considered switching
his party affiliation for some time now because of his more
conservative pro-life, pro-gun views. Cravins says conservative Democrats have the issue of getting labeled with a more liberal national party, especially in a Congressional race. “When you’re a Democratic candidate for Congress
during a presidential election,” Cravins adds, “you get the baggage of the
national party.” Also
weighing on Cravins’ mind is a history of lackluster Democratic Party support
for African American candidates in major state elections. In 2004, Cravins Jr.
watched as his father’s run for the 7th District seat failed to
generate much backing from the Democratic Party establishment, which favored
his white Democratic rival, state Sen. Willie Mount.
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