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Louisiana Democratic Party Turns Over, Again

  The revolving door that is the mouthpiece for the Louisiana Democratic Party took another turn last week when James Hallinan, who took the spokesman job in 2011, announced his departure two days  after state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson ousted former U.S. Rep. Buddy Leach from the chairman's slot at a meeting of the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee.

  Shortly after the vote, an unusual statement from Leach was sent to the media by Hallinan — not from the official state party email system, but from Hallinan's personal Gmail account. Nowhere did Leach's statement mention Peterson, much less congratulate her. It 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."

  Two days after Hallinan's departure, the party sent out an advisory about the upcoming election of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in September. It misspelled the name of President "Barrack" Obama. — Kevin Allman


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