Congressman Ralph Abraham is running for Louisiana Governor.
“I’m running for Governor, and I intend to win,” he said.
Abraham says he will launch a formal campaign launch after the first of the year.
Abraham was first elected to Congress in 2015 as the U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District.
Abraham easily won re-election in the November 6 midterm elections, a position Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s abandoning.
“On Monday, Representative Abraham said he couldn’t launch a campaign for governor because it would distract him from important work on the farm bill, soy bean crisis, looming government shutdown, flood insurance expiration and other issues the people of Louisiana have entrusted him to handle on their behalf. None of those issues have been resolved. Now, just a few days later, he’s abandoning those responsibilities along with the congressional office he was re-elected to exactly one month ago. For the sake of the people of Louisiana, it is my hope that he seriously considers whether or not he is capable of running for governor while fulfilling his duties in Washington, DC” said Edwards.
Abraham’s decision comes after Louisiana Senator John Kennedy announced he won’t be running for Governor.
Currently Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone has already announced that he will be a Republican candidate for Governor.