Former congressman gets in attorney general's race
BATON ROUGE - Former Congressman Jeff Landry says he's running to be Louisiana's next attorney general, seeking to oust a fellow Republican from the job.
Landry announced Monday that he'll seek the seat currently held by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in the 2015 election. Caldwell is running for re-election.
Landry, a lawyer and businessman from New Iberia, was in the U.S. House for one term and quickly became a tea party favorite.
But he lost his re-election bid in 2012 when he was forced into the same district as Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, after Louisiana lost a House seat because of stagnant population in the federal census.
Landry has criticized Caldwell for his support of contracting arrangements that give lawyers a slice of a judgment, rather than a flat rate of pay.