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Rodney Alexander (R-LA) to retire

A lot of the focus on RedState lately has been on the U.S. Senate race between Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. However, on Tuesday, a liberal Republican by the name of Rodney Alexander announced he was going to retire instead of run again in 2014.

“Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek reelection, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country.”

You may think me harsh in calling him a liberal Republican, but this is another case of where Louisiana can do a lot better.

Alexander represents the fifth congressional district, which commands the northeast part of the state and dips down to the center. He was elected to the seat as a Democrat in 2002 and ran for re-election in 2004, entering the race as a Democrat and changing his party affiliation a couple days later (mere hours before the deadline to qualify) to Republican, a move that left the Democrats without a viable candidate and ensuring his victory. He’s held the seat ever since.

His Heritage Action scorecard… is abysmal. He’s the lowest-scoring Republican in the Congressional delegation. That link should really tell you all you need to know.

But, the man is leaving office and once again the Republican Party of Louisiana has a chance to put up a good candidate. Again, we can do a lot better than Rodney Alexander and it’s really a shame we haven’t tried.

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