Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Vance McAllisterRepublican Party
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The 5th Congressional District of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the district is represented by Vance McAllister (R). He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[1] He announced on April 28, 2014, that he would retire at the end of his term in 2015.[2][3]

In a June 2014 interview on Baton Rouge radio, McAllister said he was leaning toward re-election.[4] "Before all the calls started coming this week, it was probably 50-50, I would have say that's it's probably tilting more towards 55-45 now," McAllister said.[4][5] On June 30, 2014, McAllister officially announced he would leave the decision up to the voters and run for re-election in 2014.[6]

McAllister was caught kissing a married staffer, which led to calls for his resignation from Republican leadership.[7][8]

Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff General Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[9][10][11]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by October 5, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is November 5, 2014.[12]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the district is represented by Vance McAllister (R). He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[13]

McAllister announced on April 28, 2014, that he would retire at the end of his term in 2015.[2][14] On June 30, 2014, McAllister announced he would instead leave the decision up to the voters and run for re-election in 2014.[15][16]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District includes the northeastern portion of the state. Morehouse, W Carroll, E Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Richland, Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, La Salle, Catahoula, Concordia, Caldwell, Grant, Rapides, Avoyelles, St. Landry, W Feldana, E Feldana, St. Helenda, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes are included in the district.[17]

Candidates

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Potential candidates

Declined to run

Potential candidates

Race background

Prior incumbent Rodney Alexander (R) issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. Alexander said in a statement, “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill. Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."[35][36][37]

In April 2014, Alexander said a 2014 run for his old seat was not out of the question.[38][39] “I would never say anything is off of the table. If I felt like the people of Louisiana and the 5th District wanted me for a particular purpose or office, I am willing to serve them," Alexander said.[38]

Polls

Republican primary

Potential candidates
Poll Neil Riser (R) Jamie Mayo (R)Harris Brown (R)Bob Johnson (R)Ed Tarpley (R)Jay Morris (R)Adam Terry (R)UndecidedSample Size
Glascock Group
May 9, 2014
48%14%9%9%8%6%5%1%503
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Republican primary match-up
Poll Neil Riser Vance McAllisterMargin of ErrorSample Size
Glascock Group
April 14, 2014
56%44%+/-11,300
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Republican primary match-up
Poll Chris Hazel Vance McAllisterMargin of ErrorSample Size
Glascock Group
April 14, 2014
52%48%+/-11,300
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Endorsements

Jamie Mayo

  • State Rep. Marcus Hunter endorsed Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo on July 8, 2014, and asked other potential Democratic candidates to “stand down” and consolidate behind Mayo.[40]
    • “Mayor Mayo has the most impressive body of work among all of the candidates and he represents the best chance for the Democrats to win this seat. You’re going to see me campaigning (for Mayo) as if my name is on the ballot,” said Hunter.[40]

Issues

Votes for money

A report in June 2014 alleged that incumbent Vance McAllister told the Northeast Chapter of Louisiana CPAs an unidentified colleague on the House floor told him he would receive a $1,200 contribution from the Heritage Foundation if he voted against unidentified legislation related to the Bureau of Land Management.[41]

McAllister was quoted as saying he voted no but never received a check.[41] He claims that the quote “was taken completely out of context.”[41]

He said in a statement, “I have never cast a vote with the expectation or anticipation of receiving any money for a vote. I was just trying to illustrate how much money controls Washington, D.C., and the reporter took the comments totally out of context."[41]

Video kissing staffer

Incumbent Vance McAllister was caught on video kissing a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas 2013.[7]

Surveillance video from inside his district office in Monroe, Louisiana, showed McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for McAllister.[7][42]

McAllister's office issued a statement on April 7, 2014:

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you're a husband, a father, or a congressman/ I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed. From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done."[43][44]

McAllister's office said it planned send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on April 9, 2014, requesting an FBI investigation concerning the leak of the video.[45]

Stronger from scandal

McAllister said in an interview in June 2014 that the scandal made him a stronger man.[46]

"It's made me a better Congressman, and most importantly it's made me a much better father and husband that I ever thought I needed to work on."[46]

GOP reaction

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said April 8, 2014, that McAllister’s constituents “deserve an apology.”[47]
    • “I think that his constituents deserve an apology. I’m glad he issued an apology,” Cantor said.[47]
  • On April 29, 2014, Cantor called for McAllister to resign.[48]
    • “When we took the majority, I had said that I believe we ought to hold ourselves to a higher standard. And I think what has happened in his instance doesn't meet that standard. So I told (McAllister) that I thought he should resign,” Cantor said.[48]
  • Speaker John Boehner said on April 10, 2014, that McAllister has "decisions he has to make. I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards.”[49][50]
  • Roger F. Villere, Jr. Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana publicly called on McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[51]
    • "The Republican Party of Louisiana calls on Vance McAllister to resign his seat in Congress. Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside. We are praying for Mr. McAllister and the families that are involved. I attempted to resolve this matter privately and directly with Mr. McAllister, but his chief of staff chose to make this information public. Therefore, I have chosen to release this statement today."[51]
  • Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal (R) called for McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[52][53]
    • "Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," Jindal said in a statement. "He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."[52]

Congressional position

At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Monroe, Louisiana, on January 23, 2014, McAllister shared some blunt initial impressions of his position in Congress.[55]

“It sucks. It ain’t no fun. But, the day I start enjoying it in Washington, D.C., is the day that I should come home,” McAllister said[55]

Campaign contributions

Vance McAllister

Vance McAllister (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End Report[56]January 31, 2014$15,493$90,048$(52,305)$53,236
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2014$53,236$46,955$(91,766)$8,425
Running totals
$137,003$(144,071)

Donation refunds

McAllister refunded campaign contributions made by a former staffer he was caught kissing in a surveillance video.[58][59] Campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission in July 2014 showed two refunds of $2,600 each to Melissa Peacock, the former staffer. Also refunded were two $2,600 contributions from Heath Peacock, the woman's husband. The donations were made in October, 2013, before he won the special election.[59]

Substantial debt

At the end of March 2014 – before the revelation of McAllister’s extramarital kiss with a congressional staffer – his campaign owed $207,275 to a variety of political consultancies and law firms. His campaign also owed $395,000 to McAllister, who took out a massive personal loan in the midst of his self-funded special election campaign.[60]

It’s unclear whether McAllister, who made a fortune in the oil business, has repaid any of his debts since the latest political and personal disclosure forms were filed with the Federal Election Commission.[60]

McAllister reported having $8,425 in the bank for his campaign at the end of March 2014.[60]

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Rodney Alexander (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Clay Steven Grant and Ron Ceasar in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 77.8% 202,536
     Libertarian Ron Ceasar 14.4% 37,486
     None Clay Steven Grant 7.8% 20,194
Total Votes 260,216
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rodney Alexander won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tom Gibbs, Jr. (I) in the general election.[61]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander incumbent 78.6% 122,033
     Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 21.4% 33,279
Total Votes 155,312

See also

External links

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