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Caldwell announces his switch to the GOP

4 years ago February 02, 2011 Feb 2, 2011 Wednesday, February 02 2011 Wednesday, February 02, 2011 3:28:18 PM EST in News
Source: AP

BATON ROUGE - Democratic Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he's jumping to the Republican Party because it's more in line with his political beliefs.

Caldwell announced the party switch Wednesday. He says he feels more comfortable with what the GOP represents nationally and locally, citing the federal health overhaul bill as an example.

The move comes as Caldwell is up for re-election this year. He is the latest high-profile Louisiana politician to head to the Republican Party - and the switch leaves the Democratic Party
without a statewide elected official.

Caldwell has supported a challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul and has sided with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal on several legal issues.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the state's top Democratic official, called the party switch disappointing. She says she is confident the Democratic Party will find a strong candidate to challenge Caldwell in the fall election.

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