Melancon leaving lobbying post

by Heather Miller

Politico reports that the former U.S. rep. is returning to Louisiana to pursue other business interests. Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, is leaving his job as a lobbyist for the International Franchise Association, a position he took in February just months after losing his Senate bid to U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

Politico reports that Melancon, who was a part of the trade group's lobbying, grassroots and PAC efforts, is returning to Louisiana "to pursue business opportunities related to his broad experience in Washington and Louisiana:"
[IFA spokeswoman Alisa] Harrison said Melancon is a "terrific person," who "helped out a lot" working the association's issues. Melancon was unavailable for comment. [Judith] Thorman will assume Melancon's portfolio starting June 20. Thorman previously served as senior vice president of government affairs for the American Beverage Association and ran state programs. She has also worked in the Washington offices of New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean and Illinois Gov. James Thompson.

"This is something that was his choice, a mutual decision, and something he wanted to do," Harrison told PI in an interview. "He had a desire to get back (to Louisiana) and try to pursue some business opportunities that he has there."
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