Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the Louisiana Municipal Association's mid-winter conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

Brianna Paciorka

A Virginia-based political action committee that has set out on taking down Gov. John Bel Edwards has launched a new "micro website" targeting Louisiana's Democratic governor.

The Advocate recently reported that the Republican-backing America Rising PAC is focusing opposition research efforts on Edwards, the lone Democratic governor in the Deep South and Louisiana's only state-wide elected Democrat.

On Friday, the group announced that it had created the "Accidental Governor" website to outline its attacks on Edwards. It features reports on Edwards' handling of the state budget, education issues and appointments, among other issues.

"Governor Edwards is one of the last Democrats standing in the South, and our mission is to highlight his broken campaign promises and liberal record,” PAC spokesman Scott Sloofman said in a news release announcing the launch of the website.

Edwards, who took office in January 2016 after defeating Republican David Vitter, who was a U.S. senator, is up for re-election in 2019. About six months after taking office he announced that he would seek a second term.

Through a spokesman, Edwards previously said he was unbothered by the attention from the national Republicans hoping to unseat him. 

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