Louisiana elections chief draws questions about Trump rally

Posted at 12:27 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 21:04:28-05

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana secretary of state's appearance at President Donald Trump's rally is raising questions about whether he's run afoul of state law barring the chief elections official from most political activity.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appeared last week at Trump's Monroe rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.

Under Louisiana law, a secretary of state can participate in political activity related to his own campaign, but not to support other candidates.

Ardoin spoke at the rally, declaring Louisiana "will win with Donald Trump." He asked the crowd to chant who it supported for president and governor.

Attorney Franz Borghardt tells WAFB-TV Ardoin's appearance is troubling.

Ardoin's political adviser Lionel Rainey says Ardoin attended the Trump event to accept the president's endorsement. Rainey called questions about the law "a non-issue."