Due to Louisiana's system of elections, statewide and local elections were just completed last Saturday. In those elections Republican candidates received more than 60% of the vote in my Congressional district and that combined with the fact that we have seen a steady decline in Charlie Melancon's poll numbers, even though he has been on TV and we have not, shows that the voters realize we need a real conservative representing this district.

With the state elections over the voters are now beginning to focus squarely on this race and the issues that are critical to my district. We are now on TV talking about those critical issues.

I am running for Congress because we must fully restore and protect our coast in south Louisiana. This is critical to protecting jobs and lives along Louisiana's coast.

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We must fully recover from both hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I will go to Washington to put our recovery on the fast track and get it finished because our best days are ahead of us, not behind us.

I will not do what the current Congressman did. I will not cast my first vote for ultra liberal Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House. Voters know they can count on that. I will fight for our south Louisiana, traditional conservative values.

I will work to close our borders and enforce the law. Illegal immigration is illegal and we must enforce the law.

I will ensure our seniors get the social security they earned. I will work to support our troops and stop terrorism. I will work to lower taxes, not vote for tax increases like my opponent has done.

I will fight to protect our jobs in the sugar industry, our fisheries and our oil and gas industry jobs. Voters here know that I have a history working in the State Senate to protect Louisiana jobs.

And, I will work to ensure my seven children and all of our children receive a good education.

My opponent has had a rough few weeks as his first TV ad had to be pulled for violating House Rules for using footage from the house floor, his second TV ad contained images from his official franked mail pieces and his third TV ad attacked me falsely for a vote that did not apply to me. Beyond the political campaign, voters are also beginning to realize that they have a real choice in this campaign and that a vote for me is a vote for true conservative, Louisiana values.

My opponent won by the closest margin in the nation in 2004 and I am looking forward to winning by a larger margin in 2006.