Alexander quitting state veterans affairs post

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander is stepping down as head of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, a job he took last fall after quitting Congress.

Robin Keller, a spokeswoman for the department, said Tuesday that Alexander was stepping down to pursue opportunities outside of government and is not running for his old congressional seat.

There had been speculation that Alexander might seek his old job after a video surfaced showing newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister kissing a congressional aide who is not his wife. McAllister has said he won't seek re-election.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of David LaCerte to replace Alexander.

LaCerte has served as deputy secretary and executive counsel of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs since 2010.

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