State needs Breaux in D.C.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 8, 2002

John Breaux would have likely made a popular governor, with more than 30 years of experience in public office and nary a scandal. Howeve, he’s more valuable to Louisiana right where he is – in the United States Senate.

In the past, Louisiana has had powerful people in the halls of Congress, from Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs to Bob Livingston and F. Edward Hebert. Even Huey Long took a turn for a short while, ending when he was shot.

However, after 14 years in the House of Representatives and now in his third term in the Senate, Breaux is often to be found on the national news discussion television programs and his opinions are widely sought and quoted.

Especially now, with the Senate split by party lines, Breaux is the man to know.

Breaux’s decision to remain in the Senate leaves Gov. Foster without a clear successor and potential candidates, some of whom may have been dissuaded from a race against Breaux, lining up who don’t mind competing with each other.

Meanwhile, it is hoped Louisiana can retain the influence it has, gained from decades of seniority, from Breaux. His centerist, calming viewpoint has stilled many a fiery controversy, to the benefit of the nation.