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Caldwell Failing to Connect with Voters, Resorts to Falsehoods

BATON ROUGE – Incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, under siege from his current party and facing skeptical voters, has been forced to resort to name-calling and outright falsehoods. Ranting to reporters last week, he went so far as to claim that his four challengers have tried a single case in court between them. Panicking in response to challenges on all sides, the state’s top lawyer showed a willful disregard for the facts on record.

Caldwell’s lazy smears are beyond inaccurate in this instance, and offer particular insult to Geri Broussard Baloney, who has prosecuted hundreds of civil and criminal cases over the last twenty years, including several in federal court. Caldwell’s willful ignorance of Baloney’s record and characteristic befuddlement regarding the facts display a disdain for his opponent, for his constituency, and for basic integrity. While Caldwell’s widely-reviled “Buddy system” of nepotism and playing favorites failed to win him the endorsement of the state GOP, Louisiana Democrats have rallied behind Baloney as a woman of integrity and accomplishment.

“Louisiana deserves an Attorney General with the capacity to judge people and cases on their merits, not political expediency,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Geri Broussard Baloney has the proven experience and the integrity to get the Attorney General’s office back to basics, and to put people ahead of politicians for a change.”

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