Mar 16, 2010 12:00 PM by Letitia Walker

Blanco in New Leadership Role

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco has joined

the leadership ranks of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

      Blanco was named to the party's executive committee by Party

Chairman Buddy Leach. As part of the executive committee, Blanco

will help make decisions on the day-to-day operations of the party

and will work on political strategy with the chairman.

      Governor from 2004 to 2008, Blanco chose not to run for a second

term after receiving criticism for her handling of the state's

response to Hurricane Katrina. Before she became governor, Blanco

was lieutenant governor for two terms, a member of the Public

Service Commission and a member of the Louisiana House of



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