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LA Congressman Announces Last Term, Cites Partisan Politics

As local politicans gear up for 2014 campaign races, one potential GOP candidate is handing over his invitation to the tea party. Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-Jackson Parish) is packing up his bags after six terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Alexander announced today that he will not be running for a seventh term. Alexander issued a statement on his decision, citing partisan infighting and bottlenecks.


Alexander's record lines up with many of his GOP peers. The legislator recently voted "yay" for the Stop the War on Coal Act, as well as the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. The right-to-lifer has consistently voted in favor of legislation that restricts access to abortions.


Alexander took cues from one of the founding fathers in his decision to throw in the towel, according to his public statement. “Thomas Jefferson once wrote, ‘There is a fullness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance.”


On that note, Alexander deemed the current legislative ground unbreakable, and he called on the next generation of politicians to effect change. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill. 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.”


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