Louisiana Senate: Rove Seeks Challenger to Landrieu

May 25, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Without fanfare or national media attention, White House strategist Karl Rove went to Louisiana the weekend before last to woo State Treasurer John Kennedy (D) to the GOP and into the 2008 Senate race against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

Republican insiders see Landrieu as the most vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection next year, but with none of the GOP members of the Congressional delegation stepping up to the plate, party strategists are looking elsewhere. Kennedy has good poll numbers statewide and would be a formidable challenger to the Senator.

But it is far from clear that the state Treasurer is all that close to making either jump — to the Republican Party or into the Senate contest. And some in the state think that, given the President’s current standing and the party’s showing in the 2006 midterm elections, Rove may no longer be the best person to make the appeal to Kennedy.

This item first appeared on Political Wire on May 23, 2007.