Attorney General Buddy Caldwell addressed the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association during its conference last month, referring to himself as "family." In regard to his job, he said he wanted to "keep doing it for quite some time."
His remarks, lasting slightly more than a minute, were less of an election pitch than what was offered by Marty Maley of Baton Rouge, who worked as an assistant district attorney in the Port Allen-based 18th Judicial District. He's a candidate in the 2015 election.
"With all due respect to Mr. Caldwell, there is a movement across the state for a new attorney general," he told the sheriffs.
Former Congressman Jeff Landry of New Iberia, a fellow Republican, would have probably agreed, but he wasn't there to say as much. Nor was he in attendance at a recent gathering of district attorneys.
But sources close to Landry say he has been on the fundraising circuit for months and is poised to post a significant figure next year for a statewide appeal.
More immediately, Landry is planning for his fourth annual alligator hunt — at $5,000 per tag. As usual, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who offered encouraging words for Landry when he announced for AG, is expected to attend. The host committee includes 11 members of Congress, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
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