LA-SEN: "Blue Dog" Charlie Melancon (D-LA03) May Challenge Vitter

Melancon ready to run against Vitter in Louisiana’s 2010 Senate race, columnist reports

A Louisiana political columnist reported Thursday night that Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon plans to run for the U.S. Senate next year against Republican incumbent Sen. David Vitter.

John Maginnis, in his LaPolitics Weekly, said the 3rd District representative is not prepared to make a public announcement but has told national Democratic campaign officials he will enter the race.

Melancon has not commented but the information came from “multiple political sources,” Maginnis said. …

Melancon, a former sugar industry leader who is popular across Acadiana, has long been courted to get into the race but has said he prefers to keep his job in the House of Representatives. His district stretches from New Iberia [south-central LA] to St. Bernard Parish [suburban New Orleans].

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, armed with a poll showing Vitter’s vulnerability, got Melancon to reconsider, according to the report.