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State GOP chairman quits lobby firm with casino links

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, resigned Tuesday from her job with a Mississippi lobbying firm whose clients include casino operators.

Cavanuagh said her work for Capitol Resources of Jackson, Miss., did not involve any gambling issues, but she quit "to ensure that there is no appearance of any conflict of interest while I am serving as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party."

Capitol Resources is one of Mississippi's most influential lobbying firms. It includes two nephews of Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, and its long list of clients includes the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which operates two casinos in Philadelphia, Miss.

Cavanaugh recently said she went to work for the firm last year to recruit clients in Alabama and that her contract with the company provided she would do no work on gambling.

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