Two of Lafayette’s best known Republicans have retained their
upper-echelon status with the state GOP. At Saturday’s GOP State
Central Committee meeting in Baton Rouge, Charlie Buckels was elected
vice-chairman of the party. Buckels, who was defeated by Democrat Dale
Bayard in a 2007 run for District 7 BESE representative, was previously
Local banker Ross Little, Jr., meanwhile, was re-elected national committeeman. It’s a coveted title that means Little is one of three Louisianians (along with the party’s chairman and national committeewoman) who will represent the state’s interests at the two annual meetings held by the Republican National Committee.
In political terms, Little’s position also brings with it a fundraising element, so he’s one of the folks to know if you need conservative cash.
Together, Buckels and Little likewise hold seats on the state
party’s executive committee, where controversial decisions and
endorsements are often made.
Party Chairman Roger Villere also sailed to re-election this weekend, while former Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle was selected as the new treasurer.