This week, state treasurer John Kennedy is kicking off his campaign for U.S. Senate against Mary Landrieu with a “Stand Up Louisiana” bus tour across the state. The tour gets underway this morning in Kenner and Baton Rouge before stopping in Lafayette for an event in River Ranch’s Town Square at 5:45 p.m. Kennedy will be giving a speech at each stop announcing his candidacy and outlining his campaign platform. The Lafayette event will also include food from local vendors and a performance by the Fricassee Cajun Band.
In other campaign news, yesterday Kennedy released his second quarter campaign finance totals. The campaign reported raising $1.48 million in the period from mid March through June, with a total of $2.7 million cash-on-hand. Kennedy communications director Leonardo Alcivar noted that the campaign expected to be outraised by Mary Landrieu but is proud of doubling its total number of donors to more than 1500, 85 percent of whom hail from Louisiana. Landrieu is yet to release her second quarter figures. In her first quarter report, the 12-year incumbent Senator reported having $4.5 million cash-on-hand.