Alexander drops suit against Caldwell

John O'Brien Nov. 16, 2007, 2:00pm



BATON ROUGE, La. - Republican Royal Alexander, a day before learning his fate in the Louisiana Attorney General's race, has dropped a lawsuit against his opponent.

Alexander sued Democrat James "Buddy Caldwell" Thursday with the goal of blocking an attack ad that claims Alexander was sued for sexual harassment. The next day, Alexander changed his mind, The Associated Press reported.

"They admitted to filing the lawsuit without researching the law," Caldwell's attorney, Allen Usry, said, according to the report. "That's not a responsible thing to do."

Alexander's brother Chris, his attorney, says he found out state law allows "even lies under the context of political speech.

While Alexander was working for Rep. Rodney Alexander, a sexual harassment suit was filed against Rep. Alexander because Washington, D.C., law requires all suits to be filed against employers. Caldwell's office got the two Alexanders confused.

Caldwell finished first in last month's three-person primary, with Alexander coming in second. Incumbent Charles Foti finished last, but managed to file a suit against several insurance companies before leaving office.

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