The latest Rodney Alexander Update

James Carville said, Alexander was known as the stupidest Democrat in Louisiana, which would probably make him the smartest Republican in Washington. Good to see that the DCCC is fighting back mad:A voter in Louisiana is filing a legal challenge to defective Congressman Rodney Alexander's ballot qualification, and seeks an injunction preventing the Secretary of State from issuing ballots printed with his name. The petition, filed by a voter and based on both Louisiana statute and prior precedent, rightly argues that Alexander's SECOND filing 20 minutes before the deadline is in effect a withdrawal of his candidacy under Louisiana law since candidates are prohibited from amending their ballot qualification in any way once it has been made. Others in Louisiana have been tossed for just this kind of behavior in the past. Look for a news releases from multiple parties soon...Alexander has had to retreat, and is now back-pedaling and being forced to give back contributions:"I absolutely intend to return every penny given to me by my Democratic colleagues and Democratic leaders," Alexander said in a telephone news conference. On Monday, Rep. Robert Matsui, D-Calif., said Democratic members of Congress have given Alexander $70,000 in contributions this election cycle. Matsui, DCCC chairman, said Alexander also should return $193,000 in party money granted to him when he was elected in 2002, a demand Alexander would not accede... Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, said Alexander's refund promise wasn't enough, and continued to demand he return their party's 2002 contributions. "Rodney Alexander owes his seat in Congress to the DCCC," said Kori Bernards, DCCC spokeswoman. "That's just how disingenuous he is." He's also making up more lies to coverup his previous lies, about why he switched. The latest baits racism. From the CQ:

In his first full-length press conference since his switch, Alexander explained he was motivated in part by his belief that the candidacy filing by a fellow Democrat, African-American homemaker Zelma “Tisa” Blakes, threatened his chances of winning re-election if he stuck with that party’s line. One of the most conservative House Democrats during his brief tenure, Alexander implied that the politically unknown Blakes may have been able to attract support among black activists who resented his decision not to endorse the Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. "I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders, who had been put out by me because of my failure or reluctance to endorse Sen. Kerry. And I had voted with [President Bush] on some of the issues that he and I agreed on," Alexander said. He added that he picked up “some strong vibrations” that he was losing support among liberals in the 5th District’s Democratic base. “I didn’t want to engage in a campaign where I was defending myself on those issues at every turn,” he said. “So I just decided that I’d switch and run as a Republican.”

Said Alexander, striking another lie:"Absolutely not," Alexander said when asked if Republicans had suggested the late filing. "It was my idea." Alexander also said he was not promised any assignments by Republicans, such as a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Alexander's entrance has also changed things for the Republican in the primary. Again, from the CQ:The only other Republican to file, former state Rep. Jock Scott, said in a Monday interview that he intended to stay in the race. But national Republican leaders made clear that they welcome Alexander to their caucus and intend to support him against all challengers. “We will most definitely support Mr. Alexander and do everything we can to ensure his re-election to the House,” said Carl Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC)...

Though the newly minted Republican in the race, Alexander indicated he planned to run to Scott’s right in the race, saying he had a more conservative voting record. Alexander noted that, in 1984, while he was crossing party lines to back the presidential re-election of Republican Ronald Reagan, Scott attended the 1984 Democratic convention as a delegate pledged to then-Colorado Sen. Gary Hart.


And from today's NJ Hotline:RCC spokesperson Carl Forti, meanwhile, "promised his party's financial support" to Alexander. Forti said the cmte "already issued its first check," a $10K donation, to Alexander (Shields, Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/11). That means Alexander's opponent, Jock Scott (R) of Alexandria, won't receive "any party support." Monroe resident Zelma "Tisa" Blakes is Alexander's only Dem opponent.

But Scott said he "wouldn't be bullied" out of the race: "Efforts have been made from every angle to get me out of the race, and I've very politely told everyone that I'm in this race for a purpose and to see it through. ... Now people can look at the two candidates without the party affiliation separating us and make an impartial decision on who is the best candidate" (Hilburn, Monroe News Star, 8/11). Scott added, nat'l GOP officials "told me two weeks ago they would support me." But in the few days since Alexander jumped parties, they "have tried to cut off my campaign donations. ... This is the Republican Party doing this to a Republican. My answer to them is, what part of 'no' don't you understand?" (Anderson, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 8/11).

The Baton Rouge Advocate has an editorial showing Alexander is feeling the heat: "I've seen some cowardly things in my career, but this is the worst," Landrieu, D-La., said in a statement. She is right. And more from the Advocate:Alexander was wounded by comments from his former Democratic colleagues about his switch, he said. He particularly cited U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who called him a coward. It took courage to make the switch, Alexander said. "To be called a coward, I don't think that's fair," he said. Alexander, whining about what's fair? Good, blood is being drawn, twist the dagger. Drag Rodney into the Louisiana courts.

Tags: House 2006 (all tags)

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5 Comments

Oh, he objects?
Alexander says that being called a coward is unfair?  Had he declared his intention to switch parties at his initial filing, I would have agreed.  This, however, seems to be simply sneaky.  While I can respect the great political horse traders of the past and today - this is less a trade than a rustling.

Alexander deserves all the criticism the nation, and his constituents can muster, and perhaps Tisa Blakes deserves our support - purely from well deserved spite.

by actappan 2004-08-11 01:29PM | 0 recs
Is it clear?
Is it clear that the penalty for amending a filing is disqualification from the ballot?  It would sure serve him right.
by danielj 2004-08-11 02:46PM | 0 recs
Let's not jump on the Tisa bandwagon yet. . .
When we pulled behind Ginny Schrader in PA-8, she had a website up that clearly articulated her positions, and it was clear that she could do the job.  

Right now, we don't know enough about Tisa Blakes.  It would hurt the credibility of the blogosphere to back her and then find out that she's a James Hart or a  Will Baker (warning: crappy MIDI music).  

Keep on message that Rodney Alexander is no good for the fine people of Louisiana or for the country either.  In due time, we'll be able to confidently promote an honest, trustworthy alternative to this cowardly scumbag.  And if it turns out to be Tisa Blakes -- then so much the better.  We'll be able to run ads on how 'threatened' Alexander is by her.  

by osterizer 2004-08-11 03:48PM | 0 recs
Lawsuit Against Alexander
If I did not reside in NC creating jurisdictional issues, I would have filed a lawsuit against Alexander. However in my case once he refunds my money I have no cause.
by southerndemnut 2004-08-11 07:50PM | 0 recs
Re: other remedies
I doubt anyone could force him to run as a Democrat; 1st Amendment freedom of expressive association and all that.
by Mathwiz 2004-08-12 10:32AM | 0 recs

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