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Treasurer John Kennedy announces re-election bid

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA:

After weeks of speculation, State Treasurer John Kennedy has made it official: He’s seeking a fifth term in the same office.

Kennedy’s name has frequently come up as a possible candidate for attorney general — or even governor (or U.S. senator should David Vitter be elected governor this year). Earlier this year, Kennedy was polling for several different races.

But Kennedy put all the speculation to rest and announced his intentions in an email to supporters Thursday, in which he noted the state’s budget crisis and his commitment to being a “fiscal watchdog.”

“It’s not easy to muster the courage and political will to make the tough choices needed to get our budget under control, but I’ll continue to challenge our leadership in state government and the federal government to confront those choices head on and stop the wasteful spending that burdens our taxpayers,” Kennedy wrote.

Campaign finance records show Kennedy, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party in 2007, has nearly $3.5 million in his campaign war chest. He was unopposed in his last re-election bid.

State Treasurer John Kennedy, a perennial foe of state funds going to unaccountable non-government organizations

State Treasurer John Kennedy, a perennial foe of state funds going to unaccountable non-government organizations (NGOs), is supporting a measure designed to help higher education. He said the bill will direct more federal funds to higher education. Second, it will take control away from NGOs and consultants that are wasting taxpayer money on salaries, luxury cars, vacations and find dining,” Kennedy said.

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WWL Radio talks with State Treasurer John Kennedy about the state budget.

Angela Hill of WWL Radio in New Orleans talks with Treasury Secretary Kennedy about his bid for reelection and the state budget.  Listen here.

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