JMC Analytics’ Couvillon sees 2023 Louisiana GOP field for Governor expanding beyond Landry, Nungesser; touts State Sen. Gary Smith as potential Democratic “standard bearer.”

Political analyst and pollster John Couvillon of JMC Analytics appears to revel when provided the opportunity by Sound Off Louisiana’s Burns to espouse his thoughts on prospective candidates for Louisiana Governor in 2023.

Political analyst and pollster John Couvillon of JMC Analytics was the guest speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club (BRPC) on Monday, September 27, 2021.  Sound Off Louisiana’s Robert Burns asked Couvillon to speculate on whether he foresees any GOP contenders beyond the all-but-obvious contenders of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry entering the 2023 race for Louisiana Governor.  Here’s what Couvillon had to say:


Couvillon provides his take on any GOP contenders beyond Landry and Nungesser for Louisiana Gov. in 2023 and also his take on whom the “standard bearer” may be for the Democrats entailing the Louisiana Governor’s race in 2023.

We’ll point out that, when Gov. Edwards put his foot in his mouth on the 9/16/21 “ask the Governor Jim Engster show” regarding the cause of death for Ronald Greene or, more likely, when he felt compelled to dispel any notion of a Louisiana State Police (LSP) cover-up entailing Greene’s death because he’s had an active role in aiding and abetting that cover-up in order to win his 2019 quest for Louisiana Governor, we made the following observation from the just-linked feature:

During the Engster interview, one caller asked for Edwards to consider running for President of the United States.  Not only did Edwards rule that out (in stating, “I love my wife and want to keep her,” in indicating she would not be on board for a Presidential run), but he also ruled out challenging John Kennedy for U. S. Senate next year.  He indicated that he looks forward to returning to his family home and resuming working in private practice.  Let’s give him credit for one thing:  he knows his political career, just as was the case for his predecessor, Bobby Jindal, is over.

Having said that, if the best the GOP has to offer in 2023 is Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry, don’t be surprised if a dark horse in the person of Gary Smith (D-Norco) doesn’t become the next one to pull off a feat similar to Edwards’ own incredible feat in 2015.  It is truly a sad state of affairs in Louisiana politics unless there are changes in the offing for the GOP major announced field of contenders for the Governor’s Mansion in 2023!  We sure hope such changes ARE in the offing!

Given our commentary above, we’ll note Couvillon mentioned the same name we touted as a prospective Democratic contender, and we’ll add that Couvillon’s contention that more GOP candidates will enter the field beyond Landry and Nungesser comes as music to our ears!  Being blunt, we have no intention whatsoever of supporting or lifting a finger to assist either one of those two gentlemen in occupying the Governor’s Mansion in early 2024!  None!

Nungesser was never even a serious consideration for us.  Over the course of the next two years, we’ll gradually roll out features that have caused us to go from being enthusiastic supporters of Attorney General Jeff Landry to being in the “no way in hell in 2023” camp.

Irrespective of whether Landry and/or his operatives (who are typically pretty bright and come in handy to offset the fact that Jeff Landry literally doesn’t possess walking-around intellect) realize it or not, Landry’s negatives are sky high among many Louisiana voters.  That is to say they are unwilling to vote for him under any circumstances!

Many of those “no way in hell I’ll support Landry” folk, including Sound Off Louisiana’s Burns, not only supported him in 2015, but quite a few even raised funds for his 2015 race and now state to us privately that they too are absolutely and unequivocally in the “no way in hell” camp entailing Landry!

Landry’s operatives’ obvious strategy is to convince a black candidate to enter the Governor’s race in 2023 who has some decent name recognition and can run a decently-funded campaign with the obvious hope that balck candidate finishes second behind Landry.  Thereafter, Landry’s folk believe it’s clear sailing for Landry into the Governor’s Mansion (dreams of Mike Foster v. Cleo Fields in 1995 dangle in their minds during their sleep)!

We believe it’s not 100 percent totally out of the question for Landry’s camp to get the absolute shock of their collective lives when the returns roll in on election night even if the above “dream scenario” they crave so much were to unfold!  We view Landry as THAT bad!  We don’t sugar coat anything at Sound Off Louisiana, and Landry’s stock has absolutely plummeted in our eyes over the last few years and, we can state with a high degree of certainty that many other Louisiana citizens share our sentiments regarding Landry!

For those who may care to listen in on Couvillon’s take on national races with an emphasis on the midterms next year, feel free to watch his  presentation in its entirety by clicking here.

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