Congressmen endorse Sen. Riser for 5th District
BATON ROUGE - The special congressional election hasn't even been called yet, but a state senator running for the post already has picked up support from two Louisiana congressmen.
Republican state Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia received the endorsement Thursday of GOP U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, in the race to fill the seat representing Louisiana's 5th District. He also has the backing of U.S. Rep. John Fleming, a Republican from Minden.
The seat will be vacant when Rodney Alexander resigns in September to take a job as veterans secretary for Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal has said he'll call the special election for Oct. 19, but he hadn't yet issued the proclamation Thursday.
Also announced as a candidate in the 5th District race is state Rep. Marcus Hunter, a Democrat from Monroe.