AG Jeff Landry says he's running for Governor of Louisiana because Dems are underperforming

Landry argued that Democratic leadership has led to Louisiana ranking among the worst in the country in certain crucial categories.

Updated: October 6, 2022 - 9:33pm

Louisiana GOP Attorney General Jeff Landry announced on Wednesday that he would be running for governor in 2023. According to Landry, part of the reason he is running is that Louisiana is underperforming in many crucial areas.

"I've spent two terms now as the Attorney General and we've done some great things," Landry said on the Thursday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "I love the job that I have. But the unfortunate thing is, here in Louisiana, the governorship is one of the most powerful governorships in the country. Now, I don't know if that is really good or bad, it certainly hasn't been a good thing for Louisiana because we seem to be last in a lot of indicators."

The current governor of Louisiana is Democrat John Bel Edwards. Landry argued that Democratic leadership has led to Louisiana ranking among the worst in the country in certain crucial categories.

"Louisiana continues to lag and continues to be last not only nationally, but certainly in the South in a lot of economic indicators," Landry stated. "And quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of it."

"Three things are on the mind of people in Louisiana," Landry continued. "Crime, education and the economy. And I am poised to tackle all three of them as their next governor."

Landry said that crime is out of control in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans. 

"Crime is out of control in many of the big cities around the country," said Landry. "Unfortunately in Louisiana it's not only affected New Orleans, but other cities as well. We have incompetent mayors and district attorneys that want to play this dangerous game of catch and release with criminals. And the people that are paying for it the most are the citizens."

Landry said that another reason he is running for governor is because of his love for his home state. 

"I love Louisiana, and I love the people from Louisiana," Landry stated. "And I believe that while Louisiana is blessed with a lot of natural resources that folks from around the country can recognize, I think the greatest natural resource Louisiana has are its people just a great bunch of people that live here." 

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