Boasso says he's back to business

Louisiana state Senator Walter Boasso wants to focus on business rather than politics after losing to Governor-elect Bobby Jindal in the October primary.

The 47-year-old Boasso says he plans to start an Internet company to serve as a connection point for exotic animal ranches such as the one he owns in the Pine Belt. He says the company would give ranch owners a central spot to showcase exotic animals.

Boasso's own ranch, near Hattiesburg, is where he went after finishing second in the governor's race with 17 percent of the vote despite pouring millions of dollars into his campaign. Jindal, a Republican, won outright with 54 percent of the vote.

Boasso returned to work this week at Boasso America Corporation after spending nine days at his ranch and taking a hunting trip to Kansas. The 60 million dollar sale of the company is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Boasso will stay on as a paid consultant for three years.