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The Likely Next U.S. Senator from Louisiana Can’t Stop Talking About Drinking Weed Killer

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, and Louisiana state treasurer John Kennedy, who is probably thinking about drinking weed killer.

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Of the 24 candidates vying to fill the Louisiana Senate seat currently occupied by family-values-flogging, prostitute-soliciting David Vitter, John Neely Kennedy stands the best chance to come out on top. Like most Republicans running for national office, Kennedy loves small government, hates Washington insiders, and loathes President Obama. Kennedy, though, has one idiosyncratic view that makes him stand out from the crowded field in his home state: He loves to talk about drinking weed killer.


The context:

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to sell Louisiana’s remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement to help generate a few years of short-term cash has stalled, with little support from key state officials.

Treasurer John Kennedy has refused to put it on the Bond Commission agenda, though commission approval is needed for a sale.

“I’ve talked to a number of legislators. I think most of them would rather drink weed killer than do this,” Kennedy said Friday. “I don’t plan on wasting the Bond Commission’s time if the Legislature has no interest in it, and so far the Legislature has indicated no interest.”

Also consider:

The context:

In an early U.S. Senate campaign forum, four Republican contenders blasted Obamacare Wednesday while three Democrats argued the overhaul should be fixed, not dumped.

“Obamacare sucks, it can’t be fixed,” said state Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican. “It should be repealed.”

Kennedy said he thinks the best days for the U.S. are ahead.

“But not if we keep doing the same thing we have been doing for the past eight years,” he said. “I would rather drink weed killer than support Obamacare.”

Finally, please watch this campaign commercial, which begins, “Folks, this country was founded by geniuses. But sometimes I think it’s being run by idiots.” It ends—you can probably guess how it ends.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Kennedy is the favorite to take the top spot in Louisiana’s open primary on Nov. 8. So long as no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote—and since there are 24 candidates running, nobody will—the top two finishers will face off on Dec. 10. Sitting in sixth position in the FiveThirtyEight forecast: former Louisiana state representative, former KKK leader, current Donald Trump supporter, and unkillable weed David Duke.