McAllister treads water; Boustany flush with cash

by Walter Pierce

According to many observers, the scandal-scarred McAllister is the only vulnerable incumbent in the state's House delegation.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, is second among Louisiana's House delegation with cash on hand for the upcoming election. With just over $913,000 in the bank at the end of the most recent federal reporting period, according to The Times-Picayune, Boustany trails only Rep. John Fleming, a north Louisiana Republican, who has $1.01 million. Boustany is followed by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie ($858,642) and Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans ($484,649).

While four of the six incumbents have cash on hand in the hundreds of thousand of dollars - Rep. Bill Cassidy isn't seeking re-election to the House, choosing instead to go after Sen. Mary Landrieu's perch in the Senate - Rep. Vance McAllister is treading financial water: According to the T-P, the Swartz Republican, elected last year in a special election to fill Rep. Rodney Alexander's unexpired term and later caught on video surveillance kissing a married staff member, reported a paltry $4,778 in cash on hand for the fall election.

McAllister, who was aided in his successful bid for office by the West Monroe Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame, faces several challengers in November including a first cousin of the Robertson's. According to the Times-Pic and many observers, he is the only vulnerable incumbent in the state's House delegation.