Louisiana state treasurer and serial loser of runs for other statewide offices John Kennedy is actively campaigning for gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the hopes of having the chance to lose an election for Vitter’s Senate seat.
Kennedy, so far, is the lone statewide elected official who is openly supporting Vitter’s gubernatorial bid. Political analysts believe Kennedy is on Vitter’s jock like a high-priced prostitute in the hopes that, as the newly elected Louisiana governor, Vitter will appoint him to fulfill the final year of Vitter’s senatorial term, thus finally affording Kennedy the opportunity to lose a U.S. Senate race as an incumbent.
The 63-year-old Kennedy, who was elected to his fifth consecutive term as state treasurer last month, actually ran as a Democrat against Vitter for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. Kennedy lost to his current GOP ally by placing third after getting half as many votes (15%) as fellow Democrat Chris John.
Four years later, Kennedy unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for Louisiana’s other U.S. Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.
All told, the fiscal hawk has lost three non-treasurer statewide campaigns, starting with his 1991 bid to become attorney general. Another such statewide election loss would put Kennedy on par with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills, both of which have lost four Super Bowls in as many appearances.
“While I look forward to losing my third campaign for the U.S. Senate, I’d like to die at least knowing what it’s like being a senator, if only for one year.”
At a pro-Vitter rally last week in Baton Rouge, Kennedy said he was tired of being state treasurer, noting that if he fulfills his upcoming term, he will have held that position longer than some voters four years from now will have been alive.
“I’m getting up in age,” Kennedy told the crowd. “I’m running out of opportunities to lose more statewide races that have nothing to do with being the dadgum state treasurer.”
Kennedy implored the audience to help elect David Vitter to replace Gov. Bobby Jindal so that Kennedy would have an opportunity to fall short of winning a U.S. Senate race for the third time.
“If Senator Vitter becomes our next governor, I will be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016, regardless of whether or not Governor Vitter appoints me to serve out the remainder of his current term,” Kennedy said. “So please elect David Vitter governor so I can lose another Senate race.”
He added, “And when you do go to the polls on November 21, be sure to tell them John Neely Kennedy sent you. Because while I look forward to losing my third campaign for the U.S. Senate, I’d like to die at least knowing what it’s like being a senator, if only for one year.”
Kennedy was later seen offstage on bended knee, asking Vitter if he “had done good.” There’s no word on how Vitter replied.