Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race
BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job.
The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian conservative organization Louisiana Family Forum have sent emails in the race. They're urging people to contact lawmakers to oppose Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards' pick for House speaker, Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat.
Governors usually have a heavy hand in determining legislative leaders.
But Edwards' backing of Leger in the majority Republican chamber has irritated some GOP House members who wanted one of their own to win the leadership job. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry of Metairie is mounting a challenge to Leger.