The 2nd Congressional District suffered greatly in Hurricane Katrina, and it needs strong leadership in Washington as it rebuilds. We believe state Rep. Cedric Richmond is the best candidate for the job.
Rep. Richmond, 34, is a nine-year veteran of the state Legislature. While there, he has demonstrated an ability to work across party lines for the good of this community and of Louisiana. He is smart and will bring energy to the job.
Equally important is Rep. Richmond's pledge to serve with honor. When he announced his candidacy in June, he emphasized that point to his supporters. "I promise -- and I want to be clear about this -- I promise to serve you with the utmost integrity," he said.
He must deliver on that promise. The 2nd District has been poorly served by current U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who is under federal indictment on bribery charges.