UPDATE: Roshell Jones, a Lafayette lawyer who received a respectable 17 percent at the polls in her bid for District 44 state rep., announced at a press conference Friday she's endorsing incumbent state Rep. Rickey Hardy.
Roshell Jones announced Friday afternoon that after much consideration and meeting with both Rickey Hardy and his challenger Vincent Pierre, she's endorsing Hardy.
"Mr. Hardy is the only applicant in this race who can best conquer the challenges of District 44," Jones says in a letter to supporters. "Mr. Hardy was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee during the final weeks of the last legislative session and continues to maintain this prominent committee assignment. He also has a very close relationship with the governor's office. These very important factors are why I believe Mr. Hardy can best ensure the great needs of District 44 are met.
"But those are not the only reasons why I support and endorse Mr. Hardy's re-election to House District 44. Mr. Hardy is a man with great integrity, who has tirelessly fought for his constituents ... He has been a champion for putting the needs of the community ahead of personal gain and has been a relentless fighter for justice."
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Minutes before the press conference started, Pierre's campaign issued a press release claiming that the only reason Jones endorsed Hardy was because "promises were made to her" by Gov. Bobby Jindal and City-Parish President Joey Durel.
Pierre's camp also quoted Jones as telling Pierre in a phone conversation Friday morning that "they did offer me certain things."
But Jones adamantly denied those allegations both during and after the press conference and says the only promise she received is Hardy's support for her if she decides to run for another political office in the future.
"I called Mr. Pierre as a courtesy to let him know ahead of time that I'd be endorsing Mr. Hardy," Jones says. "I haven't spoken with the governor or Joey Durel."
The runoff election for Hardy and Pierre is Nov. 19. Hardy led the primary with 43 percent to Pierre’s 40 percent.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.