After much prayer and consultation with my wife, I have made a decision. With the decision made, I see no point in being coy. I have decided to run for Governor of the great State of Louisiana. I wanted you to hear this directly from me, not secondhand from media reports. Your support, and that of countless friends all across the state, has been overwhelming. My wife and I are very humbled by the confidence you are placing in me. Our state, our communities, and our families have been through some very tough times. There is clearly a hunger for a new approach to governing. Over the next few months I will continue to reach out to the great people of Louisiana. BUT, and this is very important, I will not kick off my campaign until the summer. In my view this is crucial for our state. Politics has a way of impeding progress, and Louisiana cannot afford to lose another second. The upcoming state legislative session this spring is vital. We cannot afford failure, and the surest way to attain failure is to politicize every initiative and decision. Quite frankly, the Governor and our state legislators need the opportunity to do what is in the best interest of the people. After that, we can have an election. It is my belief that campaigns are too long as they are, and that people grow weary of the barrage of charges and counter charges. I want to avoid D.C.-style politics with mudslinging, and instead focus on solving the problems that our state faces. By choosing to start the campaign in the summer, we will give the people of Louisiana plenty of time to weigh their choice in this crucial decision about our state’s current and future direction.
Additionally, I have important efforts underway in Congress and must continue doing all I can to focus the federal government on helping the people of Louisiana. So, there you have it. This was not an easy decision — I take the responsibilities of governing very seriously and know our state is at a juncture of tremendous consequence. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail later in the year. But in the meantime, I have a lot of work left to do representing Louisiana in Washington.