Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Opening salvo?

Heard an interesting radio ad Monday afternoon on a local talk station. Apparently Jay Murrell is keeping his promise to consider challenging Billy Montgomery for the Senate District 37 seat being vacated this term by Max Malone. In his ad, Jay is introducing himself and alluding to movers, from one party to another and from one district to another, and to those who violate the spirit of the term limit law. It's a not-so-veiled shot across Montgomery's bow since he qualifies on all counts.
We're also hearing of a phone survey going on within the district, apparently paid for by Murrell, with questions directed at name recognition among other items. Murrell, a Republican, has said he intended to test the waters and take a hard look at numbers. If those numbers seem to balance, he's in the race.
That's going to make it all the more interesting. For some time now, we've heard a "real" Republican would be getting into the race to challenge Montgomery, who switched to the R-party a couple of months ago. That switch has brought howls from within some corners of the Caddo Parish Republican party, and plenty of air time from Moon Griffon. If Murrell does toss his hat into the ring, that would make three Republicans who would be seeking Malone's vacant chair. Former state representative B.L. "Buddy" Shaw is telling folks he's definitely in the race, and as a former office holder in the district, he certainly would bring along a core base of supporters. Another Republican which had been mentioned as a potential candidate — Nancy Victory — reportedly has decided not to give the race a try this time.
But the question will certainly be: how will Republicans in the district (which features a substantial number of registered Democrats) determine which of the three R candidates will gain their support, and how will that support be courted? If the campaign boils down to a heated review of Montgomery's record, a tactic Murrell has said would likely be the most effective, the entire race may become a battle royal. That type of bloodletting, as you may remember, thrust Malone into the 37 seat three terms ago when two well knowns cut themselves to pieces while Malone sat back and reaped the reward.
About the only mystery remaining in District 37 is whether or not a "real" Democrat will sneak into the race. With three Republicans battling among themselves, that D could stroll into a runoff with an opponent who's been severely crippled by his fellow Rs. We're keeping our ears to the ground, and our eyes on the poll numbers.


Anonymous Koog said...

If Jay Murrell does get into this Senate race, there will be more blood on the water than all the sharks in the Pacific could devour. The negative campaign which will last at least six months will kill any Republican chances and a Democrat with name recognition and a cool demeanor will step into the saddle in Baton Rouge. And, that might not be a bad thing.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall, Jay Murrell once had a political radio show. If he liked a politician, everything went well. If he didn't like a politician, he made Bill O'Reilly look like a guppie instead of a shark. He can be vicious, and we all know what happens when campaigning is "perceived" to be negative. He may wish to rethink his thoughts about running.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any Democrats made noises like they might run for this Senate seat? Makes you wonder if Billy Montgomery wishes he'd stayed a Democrat.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, let's get a viable Democrat in this race. Billy M. sold out. Can't vote for him. Can't vote for Murrell or Shaw, either. So the door is open. The Republicans will chew one another up in this one, especially if Murrell gets into the race. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Hunter said...

I wonder if all the converted Republicans up in the Bossier Parish courthouse are proud of themselves for talking Montgomery into their party. He could have won the District 37 seat as a Democrat, but he'll have a long row to how to win against all this Republican hysteria. I agree that a good, viable Democrat can win that district. Sorry, Coach...you goofed and you're gonna find out just how bad next year.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jay does get in this race, is he running to win or just running to beat up on Montgomery? How proud will these angry Republicans be when they help elect a Democrat?

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymity said...

I don't think Murrell will get into the race. I think he'll chicken out at the last minute. He just likes to stir up trouble. I don't think he's ever intended to run. He just wants to throw a monkey wrench into things. That's what he lives for. He seems to really enjoy watching other people (candidates) squirm. If he does run, and gets his ass whipped, it'll be really fun to watch. So, go for it, Jay! 'Cause you're gonna get your ass whipped!

12:06 PM  
Anonymous 37 Skiddo said...

Please run, Jay. Pretty pretty please. Give us a chance to show you what we think of you and Mike Powell and all your little mindless minions. One good pounding at the poll is what you need, and you'll get it when you run. I'd vote for Billy Montgomery before I'd vote for Jay or Mike (again). Enough is enough.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Troublemaker said...

Okay. I want Jay Murrell to run for the Senate against Billy Montgomery. I would definitely take Billy over Jay. But the race would be so-o-o-o interesting. And I want Max Malone to run against Mike Powell. Wouldn't that be fun. Then Jay and Mike could use the same ads about snubbing your nose at term limits...and they would both lose. Sweet!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Troublemaker said...

The Republicans can't spin themselves out of this debacle. They are a bunch of power-hungry nuts who don't care about the state, just their power structure. The have pissed off policemen, firemen, teachers,a and state workers. They may have just cost Piyush the election in 2007. Hey, that's fine with me. Keep it up, you dumb Repubs!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How ironic to hear Jay "I walk with the Lord" Murrell spew his BS about family values. Good thing those court records are sealed--huh Jay?

12:46 PM  

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