Political season has started fast

Published 9:21 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Did your favorite candidate win his or her race during the Oct. 24 primary, or at least make it to the Nov. 21 runoff?

From what I’m hearing, there were a few surprises in the voting, but the election went pretty much to form.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen Metairie Republican John Young fare a little better in the race for lieutenant governor, since I got to meet him at a Washington Parish Republican Women function at Maria’s Restaurant. Young seemed to be a genuinely friendly person who had some good ideas.

However, Young came in third in a four-man field. Democrat and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden led the field with 33 percent of the vote, while Republican and former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser finished second with 30 percent of the vote to force a runoff between the two. Opelousas Republican Elbert Guillory brought up the rear with 8 percent of the vote.

It appeared parish voters wanted change in representation on the Washington Parish Council, as two incumbents were defeated. Levi Lewis Sr. upended District 4 incumbent Andre Johnson, while newcomer Reginald McMasters defeated District 6 incumbent Greg Route. Franklinton resident and District 7 Councilman Aubrey Posey is in the runoff against Mount Hermon’s David Anthony. We’ll see if Lewis and McMasters have what citizens want.

I believe the State Senate District 12 runoff will be interesting between Franklinton Republican Beth Mizell and Bogalusa Democrat Mickey Murphy. Mizell led the four-person field with 43 percent of the vote, while Murphy tallied 40 percent. Murphy has challenged Mizell to three debates, in each parish of the district. Some interesting things should come out of those debates.

Speaking of debates, Wednesday night’s presidential debate on CNBC left a lot to be desired in my opinion. The moderators were outright arrogant and appeared to think they knew more than the candidates themselves.

The so-called questions to the candidates were nothing less than harsh and mean. The moderators obviously had their own agenda. It was so obvious that the moderators were often booed.

In my opinion, Ted Cruz put a feather in his cap when he was the first to call out the moderators over their blatant bias when it comes to Republican candidates. Most of the Republican candidates followed suit to their credit. I thought Cruz and Marco Rubio did the best. For the most part, I thought Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fared well given the time they were allotted.

The recent Democratic debate was nothing less than a love fest for Hillary Clinton. The ultra-liberal mainstream media fixed it that way.

I hope American citizens are smart enough to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing when they see it.

Randy Hammons is a Daily News staff writer. He can be reached at 985-732-2565 or by email at randy.hammons@bogalusadailynews.com.