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John Kennedy's aggressive ad campaign leads to speculation of future aspirations

John Kennedy (Source: WAFB) John Kennedy (Source: WAFB)

Even before he had an opponent in the race for state treasurer, incumbent John Kennedy out spent some of the candidates running for governor in terms of television advertising. 

Public records show Kennedy spent more than $185,000 on television ads in the Baton Rouge market alone. 

It has long been rumored that Kennedy is positioning himself to run for Louisiana’s U.S. senate seat if the current senator, David Vitter, wins his race for governor. 

"I've got one thing on my mind - reelection for state treasurer," Kennedy said. 

Political analyst Jim Engster said it’s the worst kept secret around town. 

"There's no doubt that John Kennedy's aspirations go far beyond the Treasurer’s Office," he said. "He's proved that twice by running for the Senate twice, and there's going to be a U.S. Senate race next year. So he's running, I think, no matter what." 

In the governor’s race, Kennedy has endorsed David Vitter, further fueling speculation that he wants a job in Washington. 

"He's got a situation evolving to where he would be a potential candidate no matter what scenario there is," Engster said. "Whether David Vitter wins and picks someone else, possibly, or if Senator Vitter loses the election and that he has to run for reelection to the Senate." 

Republican Jennifer Treadway qualified to run against Kennedy. The election is set for Saturday, October 24.

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