Campaigns & Elections Politics magazine has identified a
new political star in Louisiana and for once it’s not Gov. Bobby Jindal. The
magazine has just released its annual list of Rising Stars and among the 25
honorees is Jindal press secretary Melissa Sellers. The Rising Stars are all “people 35 or under who have already made a
significant mark in political consulting or advocacy.” Past honorees are some the biggest names in the business today, including David Axelrod, Donna Brazille, James Carville, Karen Hughes and George Stephanopolous.
Sellers’ selection is
likely to raise some eyebrows at the Capitol, where the 25-year-old press secretary
has a reputation for being an overzealous guardian of information, often not
responding to media requests. Sellers featured prominently in a recent Independent article titled “Stonewall Jindal” about the governor’s clandestine office and tenuous relationship with the press. Campaigns & Elections sees her as an up and comer. The magazine writes:
Melissa Sellers' political education came at an early
age. A journalism major, Sellers interned on George Bush's 2000 presidential
campaign and a little more than a year later found herself running a campaign
for the Texas state House at age 19. "That was when I realized, ‘Hey, this
is really fun,'" she says. In her first seven years in professional
politics, Sellers has worked on six campaigns, winning five. In 2004 she served
as the northeast regional media coordinator for President Bush's re-election
campaign and ran the communications shop for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's
campaign in 2007. Now, as Jindal's press secretary, Sellers has a coveted
office directly across from the governor-a space usually reserved for top
legislative staffers, but that Jindal insisted on giving her.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.