Rodney Alexander
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"Rodney McKinnie Alexander" is an American politician and member of the Republican Party (United States)/Republican Party who served as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs from September 30, 2013 until June 3, 2014. Previously he was the United States House of Representatives/U.S. Representative for from 2003 to 2013. First elected as a Democratic Party (United States)/Democrat, he changed parties a half hour before the filing deadline on August 6, 2004. He was re-elected as a Republican Party (United States)/Republican five times. His district covered twenty-four parishes in roughly the northeast quadrant of the state but stretched much further south as a result of the 2010 United States census/2010 census.

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I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders, who had been put out by me because of my failure or reluctance to endorse Sen. Kerry.

To be called a coward, I don't think that's fair.

We didn't do anything wrong... Some are frustrated that we did it this way.

I didn't have the base I needed to win the election.

I didn't want to engage in a campaign where I was defending myself on those issues at every turn, so I just decided that I'd switch and run as a Republican.

I absolutely intend to return every penny given to me by my Democratic colleagues and Democratic leaders.