- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Libertarian Rufus Craig is a candidate again for the Baton Rouge-based 6th District congressional seat.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1rvbZn1) Craig, a Baton Rouge lawyer, has run for the seat as a Libertarian Party candidate in 2004 and 2012.

“If you are satisfied with the results of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, then by all means, keep them,” Craig said in prepared statement. “I am ready to bring real solutions to the people of Louisiana and America.”

Craig said he’s concerned that neither Democrats nor Republicans seem willing to tackle what he calls “out of control spending and the Byzantine tax code.”

“Without a profound shift in policy in Washington, our nation faces certain financial collapse. It is important to provide an alternative to the two major parties for people to know there are solutions which are not being addressed by either,” he said.

Louisiana has an open congressional seat because Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Craig joins a race that already has several candidates. They include former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who is running as a Democrat along with LaPlace real estate broker Richard Dean Lieberman; several Baton Rouge-area Republicans, including: the Jindal administration’s former point man on coastal restoration, Garret Graves; small-business owner Craig McCulloch; educator Charles “Trey” Thomas; tax lawyer Cassie Felder; state Sen. Dan Claitor; business owner Paul Dietzel II; and Robert Bell, a retired U.S. Navy Reserve officer and Tea Party of Louisiana columnist who calls himself Captain Bob.

Based in south Baton Rouge, the 6th District also includes all or part of Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne and West Baton Rouge parishes.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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