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The Flack Who Wasn't There

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  The Louisiana Democratic Party is, to put it mildly, in some disarray, with a landslide of high-profile defections to the state GOP over the last year and a dearth of candidates for statewide office in the fall elections. (Clancy DuBos' cover story in last week's paper, "Trunk Showdown," explained why the only real races this year are among Republicans.)

  But it was still a surprise to get an email from the state Dems last week mourning the loss of Louisiana AFL-CIO president emeritus Victor Bussie. The sentiment wasn't surprising, but the sender was: Kevin Franck, the pugnacious former communications director who left last May for bluer pastures — heading up communications for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Clearly the "from" line on the email had never been updated.

  So who's been the mouthpiece for the Dems all summer — and who will be guiding their public image and statements through the fall elections? Gambit sent an email to the party's communications office and heard back from Renee Lapeyrolerie, the party's executive director. "It's me for now," Lapeyrolerie wrote.

  No official spokesperson for the state's Democratic Party after more than three months, on the eve of some historic fall elections? That explains a lot right there. — Kevin Allman

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