- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday called for a state senator to resign after his second arrest on domestic violence charges.

“Given the serious allegations against him, I do not believe that Sen. Troy Brown can continue to effectively serve his constituents. I would welcome Sen. Brown’s resignation from the Senate, so that he can focus on any issues he may need to resolve for his sake and his family,” Edwards said in a statement.

Both men are Democrats. Edwards’ comments come after Republicans have criticized Democratic leaders for staying quiet about Brown’s charges.

Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the state Democratic Party, released a personal statement not on behalf of the party that also questioned if Brown could adequately serve his district. However, Peterson stopped short of calling for Brown’s resignation.

Brown has been suspended from all his Senate committee assignments by Republican Senate President John Alario after a July arrest on a charge of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery. Police say Brown bit his wife on the arm.

It was Brown’s second arrest on domestic violence charges in eight months. The first came after police said he punched a woman in a New Orleans hotel in November.

Brown has said he doesn’t plan to resign.

“As far as my Senate seat and stepping down, that has not been in my thoughts,” Brown told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/2ayD3SG ) before Edwards released his statement.

“Unfortunately, these two situations got a little bit out of hand more than the norm,” Brown said. “I am asking my colleagues to give me the same due respect that they would want.”

Brown’s district includes portions of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption and Lafourche parishes.

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