Eddie Rispone makes first TV splash as ‘La.’s Donald Trump’
From: News Star
Eddie Rispone has answered the bell in the Louisiana governor’s race with a TV ad his campaign team says establishes Rispone as “Louisiana’s Donald Trump.”
The wealthy Baton Rouge Republican businessman’s campaign told USA Today Network Rispone will begin advertising on statewide TV Tuesday and stay up through Election Day on Oct. 12.
Spokesman Anthony Rispone said the campaign is spending more than $1 million on the first TV buy, noting the amount spent is likely more than Republican rival Congressman Ralph Abraham of Alto reported having in the bank.
Ramirez said the first ad, which will run for two weeks, sets the tone for the campaign’s message by unequivocally tying Rispone to Trump.
Trump took 58 percent of the Louisiana vote in the 2016 presidential election.
“We think the similarities between Eddie and President Trump are clear,” he said. “Both are conservatives and both are outsiders with serious business backgrounds, so you could say Eddie is Louisiana’s Donald Trump.”
Rispone and Abraham are Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ top Republican challengers.
In the ad, Rispone begins: “I’m Eddie Rispone. I supported President Trump against Hillary, gave him money, put a bumper sticker on my truck and I support our president more than ever against these liberal lunatics running now.”
The narrator follows: “Eddie Rispone, conservative outsider, pro-Trump.”
Rispone then says, “As governor, I will work with President Trump to protect our constitutional rights, to ban sanctuary cities, and end taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants in Louisiana. I’m Eddie Rispone, and I stand with President Trump.
In a statement provided to USA Today Network, Rispone emphasized his support for Trump has been unwavering.
“I have been supportive of the president since day one, and will proudly work with him as governor,” Rispone said. “Louisiana needs someone like President Trump to take on the status quo and turn this state around.”
Ramirez hit the same theme: “Eddie has always and unequivocally stood with President Trump and not just when it’s popular or the easy thing to do.”
Abraham has been second to Edwards and ahead of Rispone in every published poll of the race so far, but Rispone’s campaign team believes it can close ground fast with its deeper pockets and overtake the congressman before he can afford to go up on TV.
Rispone and Edwards each posted almost $10 million cash on hand during the last campaign finance reporting deadline, while Abraham reported $1.3 million cash on hand.
Edwards has already began his TV blitz.
Rispone’s first TV ad also taps into America’s immigration controversy.
Though Louisiana’s next governor has no leverage to set the country’s immigration policy, Rispone’s team believes it’s a wedge issue that resonates with Louisiana voters.
Ramirez also argued the governor can have an impact on preventing Louisiana cities from becoming so-called “sanctuary cities” for immigrants here illegally.
“New Orleans has been a sanctuary city under John Bel Edwards,” Ramirez said. “(Rispone) will eliminate sanctuary cities and work with President Trump.”
In 2017 Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said New Orleans isn’t a sanctuary city.
The timing of Rispone’s first TV ad has been awaited with much speculation.
One Republican consultant called it “the $10 million question.”
Rispone’s campaign answered that question Monday and promised more to come.