Donald Trump announces new Louisiana campaign team _lowres

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Concord High School, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign has announced a new slate for its Louisiana team.

Earlier this month, Trump’s campaign sent out a news release announcing former New Orleans City Councilman Jay Batt as chairman of his campaign here.

But on Tuesday, Team Trump sent a news release announcing Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta and former State Rep. Woody Jenkins are serving as his Louisiana chairmen, and Jeff Crouere and Brian Trascher will serve as state co-chairs.

The latest release makes no mention of Batt or the announcement re-do. Echoing a statement released to the media with the first announcement, Trump said in the latest news release: “I am proud to announce our Leadership Team in Louisiana where we have tremendous grassroots support and a great team in place. I look forward to visiting soon and working with these individuals, whose support is so important, to share my vision to Make America Great Again!”

Batt hasn’t responded to requests from The Advocate about his involvement with Trump’s campaign.

Trump recently held a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, that drew an estimated 15,000 attendees, but he has yet to hold an event in Louisiana.

Several presidential candidates have been eyeing Louisiana’s March 5 primary.

Among them: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio recently held a fundraiser in New Orleans and announced that state Sen. Bodi White is chairing his campaign in the state; former President George W. Bush hosted a fundraiser for his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in New Orleans; Dr. Ben Carson held a fundraiser in New Orleans and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Louisiana-born wife stumped for him here.

On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have made stops in Louisiana.


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