Richey Jackson sent an email to Lou Burnett at Fax-Net Daily on Monday telling him that he had decided not to run for the State Senate District 36 seat against Robert Adley.
Jackson was due to host a fundraiser last night, and as of early afternoon a number of people who had been invited had not been notified that he was not running.
My sources tell me that Schuyler Marvin had a meeting with Jackson (his employee), and encouraged him to drop out of the running because he couldn’t raise enough money to take on the incumbent.
(This is a little strange, considering that a 19 year old college student, Tyler Nezat, ran against Adley last time, didn’t campaign, didn’t raise a penny, and got 27% of the vote).
What really happened?
Consider some background. For the last year or two there has been a move to split the 26th JDC, which is comprised of Bossier & Webster Parishes, into two separate judicial districts. Adley has been the point man for the split in Baton Rouge.
DA Marvin, who lives in Webster Parish, has been strongly opposed. The logical outcome of such a split would be that Marvin would be left as the DA in Webster Parish, and Bossier would elect someone new. Marvin would lose the bigger part of his current constituency.
Of course, this is conjecture on my part. Did Marvin and Adley cut a deal for Jackson to drop out, and in return for Adley to drop his efforts to split the 26th?
Will Adley continue his efforts to split the 26th or will he quietly drop them? As I said, this is only conjecture, but the proof will be in the pudding.
Hide and watch.