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Woody Jenkins was the Republican candidate in the 2008 special election for the 6th Congressional District (map) of Louisiana. Jenkins was the Republican nominee to replace Rep. Richard Baker (R-Lou.), who resigned his seat in January 2008. However, Jenkins was defeated by Don Cazayoux (D-Lou.) in the May 3, 2008 special election.
Positions, record and controversies
"Jenkins won the endorsement of the popular Republican Jindal, but has also been connected with polarizing characters. In 2002, the Federal Elections Commission fined him for concealing his purchase of a phone bank tied to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. In the 1980s, Jenkins was aligned with Iran-Contra figure Oliver North through a charity he operated, Friends of the Americas, which sent medical supplies to Central America." 
"Launched in 1981, the Council for National Policy included Col. Oliver L. North and a former special assistant to President Reagan, as well as a who's who of wealthy conservatives and Nicaraguan rebel leaders, according to a confidential roster for the organization.
"The council was based in Baton Rouge at Jenkin's antebellum-style mansion Great Oaks while he was executive director from 1981 until early 1985." 
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Jenkins will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Woody Jenkins for Congress
910 N Foster Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Louisiana and the U.S. Congress
- J. Taylor Rushing, "Dems add to majority with Cazayoux win in La.", TheHill.com, May 4, 2008.
- Doug Simpson, "Democratic State Lawmaker Wins Special La. Congressional Vote", Dow Jones International News, 4 May 2008.
- Annon, "Oliver North a member of group Jenkins once led,' The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 9 January 1987.
J. Taylor Rushing, "Dems add to majority with Cazayoux win in La.", TheHill.com, May 4, 2008.