McMaster Standing With Aide Implicated in Corruption Probe

Democrat James Smith consulting with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

Gov. Henry Mc­Mas­ter (R) “is stand­ing by his long­time polit­ic­al strategist, Richard Quinn, des­pite the power­ful Re­pub­lic­an con­sult­ant be­ing im­plic­ated in newly re­leased in­dict­ments and fa­cing ques­tions for al­legedly ma­nip­u­lat­ing a state polit­ic­al party elec­tion as part of an on­go­ing State­house cor­rup­tion probe.” (Char­le­ston Post & Cour­i­er)

RING A BEL? State Rep. James Smith (D) “hasn’t com­mit­ted to run­ning for … gov­ernor yet, but he is re­search­ing how a Demo­crat can run and win in the Deep South. … Be­fore he com­mits, Smith says he wants to be sure he sees a path for­ward to vic­tory. To that end, Smith” has “sought ad­vice from” Louisi­ana Gov. John Bel Ed­wards (D) and former Gov. Jim Hodges (D). (Columbia State)


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