Fayard grew up in the Baton Rouge, LA suburb of Denham Springs. She graduated from Episcopal High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class and a member of Navy Junior ROTC, before earning her bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. After completing her law degree, Fayard worked at the White House and Goldman Sachs before taking a position at the Washington-based law firm of Williams and Connolly. She subsequently served as a clerk to a Louisiana district court judge, after which she served as an instructor at the Loyola University-New Orleans School of Law until 2009, when she returned to private practice.
She currently serves as vice president on the Board of Louisiana Appleseed, a non-profit that promotes access to justice.
- Reducing the size of government and shrinking waste
- Raising standards and increasing accountability
- Creating economic opportunities and promoting strategic planning to diversify Louisiana's economy
- Promoting the state's tourism and hospitality industries
Fayard has shown support for common conservative causes; she has said that she is pro-life and supports efforts to reduce the size of government. However, she worked for then-First Lady Hillary Clinton after graduating from law school, and former Democratic President Bill Clinton raised money for her campaign for lieutenant governor. She has stated that she opposes the policies of current President Barack Obama, but, in a video clip widely publicized by Republicans, gave Obama a "B+" for his performance as president.
Fayard announced on May 4, 2011 that she would seek the Democratic nomination for Louisiana Secretary of State in the 2011 Louisiana statewide official elections. As of August 4, no other Democrats had announced for the race. Primaries will be held on October 22 and the general election on November 19. Incumbent Tom Schedler and State Rep. Walker Hines are battling for the Republican nod.
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"I hate Republicans" comment
Before Fayard announced her candidacy, she received substantial attention for comments during a March 24 Democratic fundraiser, where she stated that she "hates Republicans," and that they are "cruel and destructive" and "eat their young." The Louisiana Republican Party publicized Fayard's comments widely, even printing bumper stickers for its supporters that read "Caroline Fayard Hates Me." Fayard did not apologize for her remarks directly, instead stating that her comments had been taking out of context and that she was trying to make a point about the divisive nature of contemporary politics.
- ↑ GeauxCaroline.com, "Caroline Fayard Organizing Campaign for Secretary of State," May 4, 2011.
- ↑ GeauxCaroline.com, "Issues," accessed August 4, 2011.
- ↑ The Daily News (Washington Parish, LA), "Candidate or not? Fayard remains noncommittal during banquet," March 27, 2011.
- ↑ Gambit, "Caroline Fayard on her "I hate Republicans" quote," March 28, 2011.
- ↑ LAGOP.com, "Caroline Fayard Gives Obama a B+," October 25, 2010.
- ↑ New Orleans City Business', "Fayard starts campaign for Louisiana secretary of state," May 5, 2011.
- ↑ The Times-Picayune, "Former Lt. Gov. candidate Caroline Fayard catches flak for comments at Democratic event," March 28, 2011.
- ↑ The Hayride, "Does Caroline Fayard Represent Today's Louisiana Democrats?" March 28, 2011.