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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Politico: Charlie Melancon leaves lobbyist job after fewer than 4 months

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Chris Frates, Politico:

Well that was fast. Former Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) is leaving his spot as the International Franchise Association’s top lobbyist, a position he took in February, “to pursue business opportunities related to his broad experience in Washington and Louisiana,” IFA spokeswoman Alisa Harrison told PI in an email. Judith Thorman of the American Beverage Association replaces Melancon as senior vice president, government relations and public policy.

Melancon joined IFA after an unsuccessful run for Senate and oversaw the trade association’s political, lobbying, grassroots and PAC strategy. “This is something that was his choice, a mutual decision, and something he wanted to do,” Harrison told PI in an interview. “He had a desire to get back (to Louisiana) and try to pursue some business opportunities that he has there.”

Don't know any more than that. Meanwhile, why not enjoy a replay of one of the many testy moments between Melancon and Sen. David Vitter at last October's face-to-face televised debate? (The "David, you've never had family values" line kicks in at 2:00.)

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