Bad blood between Julie Stokes and John Neely Kennedy comes from two tweets, Stokes says

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Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, said U.S. Senator John Kennedy dislikes her because of two positive tweets she made about his opponent in 2016. (Photo: Sarah Gamard)

Kaylee Poche

Louisiana is famous for its political spats, and the latest between two Republicans could be a factor in the upcoming special election for secretary of state.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La, has criticized State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, for supporting efforts in the state Legislature to compromise over a sales-tax extension to avoid deep budget cuts.

Asked about Kennedy’s comments, Stokes, who is running to replace former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, said Kennedy told her he disliked her because she sent out two positive tweets about one of his opponents when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

“I did almost-next-to-nothing to Kennedy, and he’s willing to disparage me all over the state,” Stokes said in an interview. “I just hope people get to a point where they can see through shallow political games like that.”

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