A New Orleans judge says Gary Landrieu is out of the New Orleans-area congressional race because he has $700 in unpaid ethics fines.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Civil District Judge Sidney Cates disqualified Landrieu on Tuesday.
Cates granted a challenge filed Friday by 2nd District incumbent Cedric Richmond, whose complaint called Landrieu a "perennial political candidate."
Candidates qualifying for an election must swear they don't have any outstanding campaign finance disclosure fines.
Landrieu was fined for filing a campaign finance report late in 2012, when he ran for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council. According to Richmond's complaint, that fine was still unpaid when Landrieu qualified for the congressional race.
A spokesman for Landrieu did not immediately return a call Tuesday for comment.
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