Saturday, April 28, 2012

La. Demo. Party head: Leach out, Peterson in

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM

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While you were Jazz Festing and Zurich Classic-ing and paying attention to the Saints draft today ... The Louisiana Democratic Party today elected State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans its new chairman, ousting former U.S. Rep. and State Rep. Claude "Buddy" Leach of Leesville, who had inherited a party structure in extreme disarray when he was chosen in 2010. Today's vote was 85-75 and took effect immediately. Peterson and the rest of the Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Committee will serve until 2016.

More remarkable than the election itself was a statement by Leach after the election, sent out by Louisiana Democratic Party spokesman James Hallinan under his personal email account. Most of these post-election statements tend to congratulate the victor, no matter how bitter the race, but Leach not only did not congratulate Peterson β€” in fact, he didn't even mention her name. The statement said, in part:

Today's changing of the guard is a reminder that I represent an older generation of Louisiana Democrats who believe that interest groups should all work together under the same Democratic tent and that campaigns should be based on factual information.

He concluded:

I will continue to support the ideals of the Democratic Party and also the reelection campaign of President Obama.

Peterson acknowledged Leach, but was hardly warm: "As Democrats, we want to take an opportunity to thank Chairman Leach for his service to and support of the Louisiana Democratic Party," she said in a statement, before going on to say she was "proud of this fresh group of engaged Louisianians."

Leach's and Peterson's full statements are under the jump:

Lake Charles, LA– Buddy Leach released the following statement regarding today's Louisiana Democratic Party chair election:

"I'm very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve Louisiana Democrats and the working families of our great state. Today's changing of the guard is a reminder that I represent an older generation of Louisiana Democrats who believe that interest groups should all work together under the same Democratic tent and that campaigns should be based on factual information. I realize the demographics have shifted to a younger generation and I hope they succeed in their efforts. I will continue to support the ideals of the Democratic Party and also the reelection campaign of President Obama."

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Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson issued the following statement on behalf of DSCC body:

"As Democrats, we want to take an opportunity to thank Chairman Leach for his service to and support of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Today, we recommit ourselves to Democratic principles with new energy by electing a diverse group of strong, enthusiastic Democrats to move our party forward. I'm proud of this fresh group of engaged Louisianians focused on advocating on behalf of the hard working people in our state."

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