Lester Gauthier is a Lafayette attorney and a former student at Imaculata Seminary in Lafayette. Lester is a Navy veteran. He taught at USL for a time before going to Law School at LSU. In addition to practicing law in Lafayette for 40 years, Mr. Gauthier has run the French Table at Dwyer’s Café in downtown Lafayette for nearly 30 years. He is a Living Legend in the Cajun Hall of Fame in Erath. His dad was a union member while employed by Gulf States Utilities.
In the podcast, we discuss the U.S. Senate race to fill the seat that David Vitter is relinquishing in the wake of his stunning loss for governor in 2015. That takes a bit more than half of the show). We then turn our attention to the Third District Congressional District. That field is smaller than the Senate field, and the dynamic is different, too. There is no prohibitive favorite in the Senate race. There is one in the Third District race: Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle. We discuss the possibility of Angelle winning the race without a runoff, as well as the potential for other candidates to make inroads against Angelle’s lead in the polls.
Mr. Gauthier and I will be running the Acadiana Institute of Politics in UL Lafayette’s College of Continuing Education this fall. Sessions start on September 28 and run through early December (the week prior to the U.S. Senate runoff).
As is always the case with Mr. Gauthier, the conversation was filled with great analysis and penetrating insights in both races.
Mr. Gauthier has been actively involved in Louisiana politics either as an observer, advisor, or confidante.