Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has no shortage of competitors in 2010. In addition to Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Melancon, he’s always drawn improbable Republican primary challenger and porn star Stormy Daniels (and even a “conservative independent” third-party challenger you may not have heard of.).
But yesterday came word that he may be challenged in the Republican primary by retired Army Gen. Russel Honore, best known for leading the Army’s deployment in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Honore is a very interesting possibility in terms of potentially shaking up the race. Unlike most others associated with Katrina, Honore came out of it with a very good reputation. And while some national observers did not realize it (because of his very very light complexion), Honore is African-American. (‘Is’ is a fraught word in this context. Honore identifies himself as an “African-American Creole”, which is to say a person of mixed race descended from the French-Spanish-African population of Louisiana from the pre-United States period.) I know enough about Louisiana politics not to be stupid enough to try to understand it. But some Republican GOPers in Louisiana and nationally might see his entry as not totally unwelcome, even an opportunity to unload the thoroughly damaged Vitter.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.