Putting to rest rumors of a possible run against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in 2014, Congressman John Fleming released a statement Thursday, saying he believes he may not be the man for the job.
"For me to enter the race now would risk a contest between two experienced Republican Congressmen, potentially offering Sen. Landrieu a path back to Washington," Fleming said, speaking of Bill Cassidy. "I can't let that happen."
Cassidy, a Republican doctor from Baton Rouge, was elected to Congress in 2008 and won re-election in 2010 and 2012. He officially announced his candidacy for Landrieu's seat Wednesday.
Fleming, a Minden doctor, is in his third two-year term as representative for the Fourth Congressional District. It includes all of northwest Louisiana, stretching east through Union Parish and south to Beauregard Parish, across to St. Landry Parish.
He said he is grateful for the encouragement he received from constituents, asking him to challenge the Democrat from New Orleans in 2014.
"I'm grateful for the many Louisianians who have urged me to challenge Sen. Landrieu," Fleming said. "We share a desire to replace her in the U.S. Senate."
Fleming said he is convinced that the best way to "stem this dangerous tide (Obamacare) is to end the reign of Senate Democrats, and Louisianians can take a step in that direction by replacing Mary Landrieu."