Family Research Council's Perkins Sizing Up Louisiana Senate Seat Run

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 08:35 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who's been toying with the idea of running for office in Louisiana, kicked the open door a little wider Wednesday, saying he might take a stab at Sen. David Vitter's seat if he wins a gubernatorial bid, The Hill reported.

Vitter announced in a Tuesday email that he'll be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

A day later, at the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C., Perkins told The Hill he'd rather not "at this time" challenge Rep. Bill Cassidy, the GOP's favored pick to go head-to-head with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

"I would rather somebody else do it," he said.

But he added he wouldn't rule anything out either, including a go at Vitter's Senate seat.

"I never say never anymore," he told The Hill.

"... [T]oday, and for the foreseeable future, I’m at [the Family Research Council]," he told The Hill, adding that supporters had been urging him to run for office in the state.

"Louisiana’s my home. Obviously, I listen to people. I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls and encouragement to look at these current races, but right now I’m at FRC."

The Hill reported a late entry in the race might be tough financially. It quoted an unnamed source saying Cassidy already locked up "much of the campaign contributions to be had."

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