While Louisiana politics was divided into pro-Long and anti-Long factions during Huey's tenure and for decades after his death, members of the family have often feuded amongst one another. In 1932, for instance, Earl insisted on running for lieutenant governor against Huey's chosen candidate, a campaign he lost. Huey himself would say of his younger brother, "If you live long enough, he'll double-cross you. He'd double-cross Jesus Christ if he was down here on Earth."
Rep. Gillis Long also lost renomination in 1964 to none other than his considerably more conservative cousin, Speedy Long. The two would later both run for governor in 1971 and lose the Democratic primary to Edwin Edwards, who would leave his own mark on Louisiana politics.
● ME-Sen: Ross LaJeunesse (D): $240,000 raised, additional $360,000 self-funded
● MN-Sen: Jason Lewis (R): $310,000 raised
● CO-06: Jason Crow (D-inc): $440,000 raised, $1.4 million cash-on-hand
● OH-01: Steve Chabot (R-inc): $450,000 raised
● OR-02: Knute Buehler (R): $360,000 raised (in one month)
● TX-32: Floyd McLendon (R): $238,000 raised, $100,000 cash-on-hand
● GA-Sen-B: Former U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, a Democrat who has been eyeing this special election for a while, recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "I am ready. Planning to launch soon."
The paper says that Tarver is getting ready to run even though there's "buzz" that national Democrats and notable local politicians want the Rev. Raphael Warnock to get in. The only notable Democrat who has announced a bid against appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler so far is businessman Matt Lieberman. All the candidates will compete in the November all-party primary, and there would be a runoff next January if no one took a majority of the vote.
Tarver, who spent seven years in the Army, represented a state Senate seat in the Augusta area until he became the first black U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in 2009. Tarver considered running for this seat in 2016 against GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, but he decided to stay put. Tarver remained at his post until early March of 2017, when Donald Trump ordered him and another 45 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign.
● ME-Sen: Politico reports that the conservative group One Nation is spending $536,000 on a TV, radio, and digital buy praising GOP Sen. Susan Collins. The commercial stars the mother of a young girl with diabetes praising the senator for "leading the charge to bring the cost of insulin down."
● FL-03: Physician James St. George, who has run several local medical clinics, has joined the August GOP primary for this reliably red open seat.
● FL-26: The Miami Herald reported Thursday night that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had told his allies that he had decided to seek the GOP nod to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and would announce his plans during the week of Jan. 13. Gimenez himself told the paper, "Sometime next week I'll make an announcement," and responded to questions about the issues facing Congress by adding, "I'll have a lot more to say if I run for Congress, OK."
National Republicans have reportedly been trying to recruit Gimenez, who has a reputation as a moderate, for months for this competitive seat. While Hillary Clinton won Florida's 26th District by a wide 57-41 margin, Republicans still do well here down ballot. Last cycle, Mucarsel-Powell won a very expensive race here by unseating GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo 51-49.
● NJ-02: Cumberland County GOP chair Michael Testa, whose county makes up about 20% of the 2nd District, endorsed party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew on Thursday.
● WI-07: GOP state Sen. Tom Tiffany is up with his first TV spot ahead of his Feb. 18 special primary against veteran Jason Church. Tiffany, who is surrounded by cows, tells the audience he grew up on a dairy farm and that "getting up at 5 and shoveling manure is great training for helping President Trump clean out the three-ring circus in Washington."
As the on-screen text reminds viewers that Tiffany has the support of former Rep. Sean Duffy and ex-Gov. Scott Walker, the senator lays out his conservative views and adds he "knows how to use a shovel." (Note to candidates: Comparing politics to shoveling cow manure isn't an original idea.)