Legislating Divorce


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By Jeremy Alford 

In one of the legislative session’s more comical moments, Rep. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, wondered aloud if she would have to divorce her husband, a well-known political consultant, because an administration-backed bill would prohibit lawmakers from paying family members from their campaign accounts. “I wouldn’t want him running my campaign anyway,” she joked. “You can’t be campaigning on the streets and then go home together. That would be madness.” In jest, the bill’s author, GOP House Speaker Jim Tucker of Terrytown, suggested Peterson could “pay” her husband “in-kind,” a remark that a blushing Peterson quickly countered by saying, “That would go well beyond the contribution limits.” Her husband, Dana Peterson, has managed several high-profile Democratic campaigns, including Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s unsuccessful bid for mayor. 


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