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Louisiana Dems try to knock Cong. Alexander (R nee D) off the ballot

AP reports: A state judge will consider whether U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander should be kicked off the November ballot because of his last-minute switch from the Democrats to the Republicans.

A lawyer for the Louisiana Democratic Party filed a lawsuit aimed at either forcing Alexander to run as a Democrat or getting him kicked off the ballot altogether. The lawsuit cites a Louisiana law stating: "no candidate shall change or add his political party designation ... after he has qualified."

Democrats called Alexander a "traitor" and a "coward" after he turned Republican in the last 15 minutes of qualifying, after registering two days before as a Democrat. Alexander's move meant the Democrats did not have time to find a strong candidate to run against him.

District Judge Allen Edwards was scheduled to hear arguments in the case Monday in Plaquemine, in Iberville Parish, the southern tip of Alexander's 5th Congressional District. -- Iberville Parish judge to consider congressman's party switch (AP via NOLA.com)