BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State Representatives Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge, and Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, joined State Senator Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, at a monthly luncheon of the Ronald Reagan, newsmaker meeting. All three are sitting elected officials and said to be interested in running for U.S. congress.
Rep. Bill Cassidy announced last week that he would run against Sen. Mary Landrieu for her senate seat.
"The job of becoming the most conservative in a very conservative district will be job one," says Political Analyst Clay Young. "The most conservative candidate is going to have a shot at the money."
Ponti, Claitor, and Green all spoke for about 15 minutes talking about what this year's legislative session will consist of. All three agreed they needed to be fiscally conservative and find a way to eliminate the state's income tax over time.
"We need to be fiscally responsible," says Rep. Erich Ponti. "[Governor Bobby Jindal] put the challenge on us as Legislators and elected officials in the state to repeal the income tax and find out a solution, and the only way to do that is to have a comprehensive plan to move forward."
Senator Claitor talked about why he got into politics. "My mother was in the beauty parlor the other day and one of her friends asked her 'why is Dan in politics?'" says Claitor. "My mother said off handed 'I think he likes to fight.'"
"Erich and Dan and I have worked very closely together," says Rep. Hunter Greene. "Erich was a seat-mate of mine for a couple of years."