Lt. Gov. switches from Democratic to Republican party
Lt. Governor Scott Angelle announced Tuesday that he and his wife have switched parties from Democratic to Republican.
Angelle said he switched because of the energy policies of the national Democratic Party. He announced his decision at The Republican Leadership Summit.
Angelle told the Summit the energy industry is important to Louisiana and he's "convinced that the national Democrats see the oil and gas companies as bad for America" and that the Democratic Party is "intent on ending an industry."
A spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party wouldn't comment on Angelle's party change.
Angelle was appointed by Jindal to work as lieutenant governor until next week's election when a permanent successor is chosen for Mitch Landrieu, who resigned to become New Orleans mayor earlier this year.
A former St. Martin Parish president, Angelle was natural resources secretary under Jindal and will return to that job when his stint as lieutenant governor ends. He has been secretary of the Department of Natural Resources since 2004, under Jindal and former Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
For Jindal, Angelle also has worked in a dual role as the governor's chief legislative lobbyist, and he continues doing so even as he works as lieutenant governor.