LaPolitics by Maginnis: Landrieu starts election cycle with staff shuffle; legislator may be joining administration

LaPolitics by Maginnis: Landrieu starts election cycle with staff shuffle; legislator may be joining administration




U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has begun her re-election cycle with a staff shuffle that gives her a "war-time consigliore," to borrow from The Godfather. Landrieu has swapped duties of her two top aides, with Don Cravins Jr., a former state senator, becoming her chief of staff, while former chief Jane Campbell assumes Cravins' job as staff director for the Senate Small Business Committee that Landrieu chairs. "Starting an election cycle, it's helpful that Don is from Louisiana and was an elected official," says a Landrieu aide.



—A vacancy in the Department of Veterans Affairs could be filled by Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans. With the retirement in December of Lane Carson, legal counsel David LaCerte was named interim secretary by Gov. Bobby Jindal. That leaves open the legal counsel job, which attorney Lorusso, who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps, is a candidate to fill, according to some Republican legislators. Lorusso did not return a call for comment.



They said it: "Not very many good things happen at 2 in the morning." —U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, on the fiscal cliff–averting vote, in The Times-Picayune

(John Maginnis publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com.)

Editor’s note: This column has been changed since its original publication. An earlier version incorrectly identified David LeCerte's departure as a resignation. He has retired.

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