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Aug 16, 2010 4:39 PM by Melissa Canone

Head of Alcohol and Tobacco Suddenly Leaves Post

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the state's Office of
Alcohol and Tobacco Control left his post after Gov. Bobby Jindal's
staff confronted him about an ongoing investigation into the
office.
Jindal's spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, says the governor agreed with
Murphy Painter's decision to resign from the commissioner's job.
Plotkin wouldn't say Monday whether Jindal asked Painter to
resign but said only that Painter made his resignation decision
after "we confronted Murphy about the investigation."
Painter resigned Friday without any public explanation. He had
led the office since 1996, under three different governors.
Inspector General Stephen Street has acknowledged he is
investigating the alcohol and tobacco control office, and the
Louisiana State Police is assisting with the investigation. The
offices have released no details about what is being reviewed.

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