Former Rep. Bob Livingston endorses Donald Trump

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03/21/2016

Former Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston endorses Donald Trump

BY Nola

former Louisiana congressman has endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Livingston said he made his decision because he saw plans to derail the controversial frontrunner as subverting the will of voters in the presidential primary process.

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Former Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston endorses Donald Trump

Former Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston endorses Donald Trump

BY Nola

Bob Livingston, a lobbyist and former Louisiana congressman who came within a hair's breadth of becoming speaker of the House, has endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

After a private meeting between Trump and GOP power brokers Monday (March 21), Livingston said he made his decision because he saw plans to derail the controversial frontrunner as subverting the will of voters in the presidential primary process.

Those plans "are insulting to me and insulting to the process, and that's why I'm getting involved," he said. 

Livingston said he had been meeting with Trump's team since Thursday as other Republicans sought ways to undermine the billionaire's unconventional rise to power. His role in Trump's operation wasn't certain, but he said he planned to campaign for him in Louisiana and support him through efforts in Washington, D.C.

He did not vote for Trump in Louisiana's primary, but would in the general election if just to thwart Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, he said.

Livingston's support for Trump was first reported by reporter Jamie Dupree:

Livingston rose to power in the 1990s as the congressman from Louisiana's 1st District, a seat new held by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson. While serving as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Livingston sewed up enough support to become speaker if Republicans could hold onto a majority of House seats through the 1998 election.

But reports that Livingston had an earlier extramarital affair led to his dramatic resignation as the House began debate over the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Livingston went on to form The Livingston Group, a successful Washington lobbying firm. 

Livingston on Monday predicted Trump would secure the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination well before the national convention in July in Cleveland.

"He's going to be the alternative and I think by the time the votes are cast most Republicans, if not all, and a lot of independents and a lot of democrats are going to pull the lever for Donald Trump."

Livingston said he was undeterred by Trump's more controversial stances, which include his promise to build a wall along the Rio Grande and to restructure U.S. trade deals at the risk of sparking trade wars with foreign powers. 

"Clearly, success overrides all the blemishes," Livingston said. "Bottom line is he's winning. He's going to win." 

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