Governor-elect has short time to build new administration
BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards faces a daunting task in the fewer than 50 days between winning his election and taking office Jan. 11.
He must piece together an administration, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash in financial problems - while also raising the money to pay for the entire transition operation.
The transition period from election victory to governing may be the most high-intensity, yet least understood part of an administration, when a team and its policies are created largely from scratch.
Terry Ryder, a lawyer who worked on the 1995 transition of Republican former Gov. Mike Foster, described it as a "multi-dimensional chess game and you've got to play all levels at the same time."