Louisiana: Carmouche Pitching His Bid to Blue Dogs

Posted June 18, 2008 at 5:52pm

Democrat Paul Carmouche has been on Capitol Hill this week trying to drum up support and fundraising dollars for his campaign to flip the open 4th district seat into the Democratic column this fall.

Along with meetings with various Democratic Party bosses and labor unions, Carmouche is scheduled to have a meet-and-greet today with Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.), a co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats.

Carmouche, who is anti-abortion and pro-gun, as well as fiscally conservative, is hoping to obtain the endorsement of the Blue Dogs as he seeks to identify himself with the growing contingent of conservative Democrats in the House.

Carmouche, who has served as a parish district attorney for 30 years, is the sole top-tier Democrat in a race that features several Republicans vying for the nomination. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of newly elected Rep. Don Cazayoux (D), who also was endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition and went on to win a special election in an open seat that had previously been held by a Republican for more than 20 years.