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Louisiana: Legislators ask AG to issue (or not issue) opinion on Breaux qualifications

The Shreveport Times
The Shreveport Times reports: A Republican and a Democrat on Tuesday jointly asked Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti for a legal opinion on whether former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is a Louisiana citizen and eligible to run for governor this fall.

State Rep. William Daniel, R-Baton Rouge, and state Rep. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, chairman of the Legislative Democratic Caucus, asked Foti to respond "within the next five days if possible."

Later in the day, another bipartisan pair state Sen. Noble Ellington, D-Winnsboro, and Rep. Jim Tucker, R-Metairie, chairman of the House Republican Caucus, who said they believe it's clear Breaux isn't a citizen asked Foti not to issue an opinion, saying it would be improper because it is an issue likely headed for court.

Foti said his staff has been generally looking at the law since the question was raised by the Louisiana Republican Party through an ad campaign ironically developed by a media consultant who has worked for Foti. The attorney general said the research was merely preliminary and his office has only begun researching the specific question. His office will consider Ellington's and Tucker's issues, as well. --

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