Last week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a flowery announcement placing state Sen. Don Cravins Jr. of Opelousas in its “Emerging Races” column. It basically meant Cravins was garnering a decent amount of attention in his bid to unseat incumbent Congressman Charles Boustany, a Lafayette Republican.
Well, the DCCC has had a sudden change of heart and has upgraded the Cravins-Boustany contest to its “Red to Blue” program.
DCCC Chairman Van Hollen said in a press release that Democratic candidates move up into the next tier when individual fundraising goals are surpassed and voter reaction steps up a notch. The status also brings along with it “financial, communications, and strategic support,” according to the DCCC’s Web site.
Van Hollen said the candidates in the program need all the help they can get. "With less than 100 days to make their case for change to voters in their districts, the Red to Blue program will give these candidates the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November," he said.
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.