Jeff Sadow

It looks as if Republicans succeeded in flipping Louisiana’s House of Representatives District 10 seat – but maybe in name only.

When qualifying closed for the special election to replace former Democrat state Rep. Gene Reynolds in the Webster Parish-based district, only veterinarian Wayne McMahen had filed, as a Republican. His father, also a veterinarian, Doc McMahen, had served as the parish’s sheriff as a Democrat.

Which, until recently, apparently Wayne McMahen was as well. Further, he has the backing of Reynolds, who led House Democrats for much of his second and uncompleted term. The rumor mill also has McMahen supported by


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