Monroe born and Alto based Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s a conservative Republican, and he’s running for governor, and intends to win. He says he’s been concerned about the direction the state since Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards took over in 2015, the same year he was elected to Congress.
“We’ve watched John Bel put his weight behind all of the wrong things. He’s been relentless in his taxes, so he can pay for increased state spending and expanded government programs, stretching the government too thin.”
The former veterinarian has serves the sprawling 5th district in Congress that runs from Monroe to Alexandria, and over to Bogalusa.
The Congressman says the state has been mired in poor growth since Edwards took over, and says the Governor’s policy is driving young people out of the state.
“Louisiana unfortunately continues to be last in every meaningful ranking that comes out in the press and print, so I’m worried about the direction for the future.”
The LSU alum and former National Guard pilot has spent most of his career outside of south Louisiana, but looks forward to introducing himself to constituents outside of his district that incorporates pieces of 26 parishes.
“I hope I am the epitome of a country physician. I think that is what people are looking for, just some genuine feelings, and caring about the state of Louisiana. That is all I truly have in my heart.”
He joins Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone as the only two Republicans to have officially joined the race.