Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy(Photo: Courtesy photo)
BATON ROUGE — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy blasted Shreveport state Rep. Cedric Glover Thursday for Glover’s bill that would bar public universities like LSU and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from licensing beer, elevating a spat that began between Glover and LSU President King Alexander.
“I am disappointed by state Rep. Cedric Glover’s efforts to end licensing agreements that LSU and (the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) have made in order to mitigate years of state budget cuts,” Kennedy said in a statement sent to USA Today Network. “Our universities are doing everything they can to survive while the state diverts more and more money each year to fund the Medicaid program and to pay for consultants.
“It’s clear to me that Rep. Glover needs to channel his energy toward funding our colleges and fully funding TOPS. In short, he needs to help the state stop spending more than it takes in instead of trying to financially cripple our great higher education institutions even more than they already have been.”
If licensing beer is OK, why not weed when it becomes legal, Glover said while questioning why a U.S. senator would nose around in state legislative business?
State Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport (Photo: Courtesy photo)
“Obviously the senator should be more focused on the issues and challenges in Washington, D.C.,” Glover said after being shown Kennedy’s statement. “His willingness to comment on things that should be addressed by the Legislature is beyond me.”
Glover noted that the Legislature has approved the cultivation of medical marijuana at LSU and Southern.
“If he’s willing to endorse college-branded beer, where will he draw the line?” Glover said. “If recreational marijuana some day becomes legal in Louisiana as it has in other states, will