The Advocate has switched political columnists, with Quin Hillyer out and Jeff Sadow in.
Hillyer, a Mobile, Alabama resident who also has written for The American Spectator and National Review (and once was a staff writer for Gambit), contributed to the paper for 15 months. "I had a great time writing in Louisiana again, and love what The Advocate is doing," he told Gambit. "This was just a new job I could not pass up." Hillyer has moved to the online startup LifeZette.com, co-founded by radio host and political commenter Laura Ingraham.
Sadow, an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, also is a strong conservative voice and a prolific blogger, with a 10-year-old political blog (jeffsadow.blogspot.com) and another that provides commentary about the Louisiana Legislature when it's in session (laleglog.blogspot.com). The former carries the disclaimer: "If you're an elected official, political operative or anyone else upset at his views, don't go bothering LSUS or LSU System officials about that because these are his own views solely."
In an email, Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs said Sadow's columns would appear on Sundays in all three editions of the paper — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Acadiana.