Ed Chervenak puts the senator at the top of the list should he decide to run
The creation of a state Super PAC for Senator David Vitter is fueling speculation that Vitter may run for governor in 2015.
UNO Political Science Professor Ed Chervenak says the formation of the PAC sends a signal that Vitter is at least thinking about running for governor and is laying the groundwork in case he decides to run.
Chervenak says Vitter is the perceived favorite in the race at this point, but he would certainly face competition, possibly from Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne or state Treasurer John Kennedy.
Chervenak puts Vitter at the top of the list of possible gubernatorial candidates because he says he's fairly popular in the state and is addressing issues that Louisiana voters care about, such as efforts to get the Obama administration to open up the Gulf of Mexico to more drilling.
Governor Bobby Jindal is term-limited and can't run again. Vitter has sidestepped questions about his interest in the governor's race, but hasn't tried to squelch the speculation.