BATON ROUGE, La. — Republicans on the losing side of the Louisiana House speaker’s vote are still bristling a day after the election.
A breakaway faction of Republican lawmakers banded together with Democrats to choose the chamber’s new leader, GOP Rep. Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish.
That meant Democrats had a stronger say in who became House speaker than Republicans, even though nearly two-thirds of House members are in the GOP. Schexnayder was not the candidate favored by several prominent Republican officials and donors — and he didn't have support from a majority of the GOP lawmakers in the House.
On Tuesday, House Republican leader Blake Miguez criticized Schexnayder's election.