GOP: Edwards shouldn't have been fundraising in Washington
BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party is criticizing Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards for attending a fundraiser for his re-election campaign while on a Washington trip lobbying Congress for flood aid.
The fundraiser was held at a lobbying firm office, hosted by Democratic former U.S. Sens. John Breaux, J. Bennett Johnston and Mary Landrieu.
Jason Doré, state GOP executive director, said Tuesday the fundraiser "took precious time" away from a trip aimed at building support for disaster relief.
Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said the Thursday evening fundraiser didn't disrupt any of the governor's meetings. The trip was originally planned for Edwards to speak at an education event, and the congressional talks were added after the flood.
Carbo says the Edwards campaign, not the state, paid for hotel rooms the night of the fundraiser.