Around the South for May 8: FL, LA & TX

Florida: Jolly laments lack of courage in GOP. Former US Rep. David Jolly (R), a potential candidate for lieutenant governor on a fusion ticket with former US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), published an op/ed in Sunday’s Washington Post lamenting that many Republican members of congress are harshly critical of President Trump privately, but decline to say so publicly for fear of a pro-Trump primary challenger. Jolly urges the members to “speak up. Your legacy will be richer for it.” ……. Louisiana: Black women lead major cities. When LaToya Cantrell (D) was sworn in as mayor of New Orleans yesterday, she became the first African-American woman to serve as the Crescent City’s CEO. Plus she joins black women also serving as mayor in two other Pelican State cities, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, reports the Washington Post ……. Texas: O’Rourke wants to debate Cruz in Spanish. Democratic US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has proposed that he and US Sen. Ted Cruz (R) have six debates, two of them in Spanish, reports the Texas Tribune. O’Rourke is fluent in Spanish; Cruz is not. Cruz said he would be glad to debate O’Rourke, but his own Spanish skills are poor, due to “the curse of the second-generation immigrant.” …….