Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham is running for governor in 2019.
“I’m running for governor and I intend to win,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted Thursday morning.
He’s the second Republican to announce a challenge to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Sen. John Kennedy announced earlier this week he wouldn’t run for the office, opening the field to lesser-known candidates.
“Louisiana deserves better than what she currently has,” Abraham told the USA Today Network. “I’m seeing businesses leaving and a governor who has been focused on raising taxes. I intend to do something about that.”
Edwards fired back that the congressman is “abandoning [his] responsibilities” in Congress just a month after he was re-elected.
First elected to Congress in a 2014 runoff, Abraham is a doctor who represents Louisiana’s 5th District. He replaced former Rep. Vance McAllister, who after being caught on camera kissing a former staffer, finished fourth in that 2014 jungle primary.