BATON ROUGE — The Republican Party of Louisiana is backing former Congressman Jeff Landry for the post of state’s attorney general, announcing Tuesday that it was snubbing GOP incumbent Buddy Caldwell.

Party leaders said it’s the first time the GOP has chosen to back a challenger to a statewide Republican incumbent since the 1991 governor’s race. But Caldwell has done little to tighten ties to the GOP leadership since he switched from the Democratic Party four years ago.
Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere announced the endorsement with Landry, a lawyer and businessman from New Iberia, at the party’s headquarters.

“Jeff is the Republican


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