While Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy's campaign promotes him heavily even though he doesn't have an opponent, his former top aide is already securing commitments for a 2016 super PAC that would support the Republican for U.S. Senate.
Jason Redmond, a former Kennedy aide of 18 years, registered the Louisiana Proud PAC on July 1 after resigning his role in the treasurer's office. Redmond told National Journal Wednesday that donors have already pledged over $100,000 to the PAC to support Kennedy if he decides to run for Senate next year.
That campaign is contingent not only on Kennedy's interest but on whether Sen. David Vitter wins this year's gubernatorial race. If so, Vitter could appoint his own replacement upon taking office. But Vitter has said almost nothing about what he would do in that case, and several ambitious Louisiana Republicans are already priming to run for the seat next year, when Vitter's term expires.
Rep. John Fleming has said he will run no matter who Vitter appoints, while Rep. Charles Boustany told donors he's planning a Senate run and hired an experienced Senate campaign manager earlier this year. Both congressmen have endorsed Vitter for governor—as has Kennedy—and both have raised money far faster than usual this year—more than $700,000 each during the second quarter of 2015. They could use all of that money for Senate campaigns next year.