A ‘House’ divided: La. speaker race sparks references to ‘D.C.-style’ spats

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — As LSU football finalizes its own campaign, hopefuls for Louisiana Speaker of the House are securing theirs.

Legislators will start considering the candidates Monday. State Reps. Sherman Mack and Clay Schexnayder, both Republicans, have spent months wrangling support. Ahead of the vote, a political action committee run by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and state Attorney General Jeff Landry is taking sides.

The Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority released a video this week, throwing support for Mack — and blasting state Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette) for backing Schexnayder.

“Conservatives have a strong choice for a Speaker of the House in the Louisiana Legislature,” the video’s narrator said. “But Lafayette Rep. Stuart Bishop refuses to support the Republican Party’s endorsed speaker candidate.”

Speaking to BRProud.com Tuesday, Bishop stood by his favorite, calling Schexnayder the House’s best chance to keep the chamber free from outside influence, be it from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards or the Republicans behind the video.

“If they want to control the body, they should step down from their offices, and they can go ahead and run for state representative,” he said.

The LCCM has yet to answer requests for comment, as of Tuesday night.

Whichever Speaker of the House candidate wins 53 votes will oversee the chamber for the next four years and appoint leaders to legislative panels.

Members of the Louisiana Senate will also pick a leader next week. Both chambers have until next Wednesday to decide.

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