Billy Nungesser calls on Louisiana GOP chairman to step down

BATON ROUGE, La. (KPEL News) – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser’s frustration with the Louisiana Republican Party is no secret, but this week he escalated his war with the party by urging its top executive to resign.

When the state committee endorsed Republican attorney general Jeff Landry for governor in November — long before anyone else was in the running — Nungesser fired back, emailing his supporters the personal contact information of the LAGOP executive committee and implying they are doing it should call the committee and demand answers.

He called the vote to support Landry “arrogant” and “ill thought out”.

Attachment-Billy Nungesser LAGOP email endorsement Angry

“The decision by this small, rogue group of party officials is disrespectful to the hundreds of elected party members and hundreds of thousands of Republicans,” Nungesser said in a statement. “The root of this decision is money, and the party leader and his lieutenants have decided to put payday ahead of politics. It will very likely backfire because we have a well-informed electorate whose vote cannot be bought.”

However, he went beyond that on Thursday morning when he spoke to Newell Normand about WWL in New Orleans.

The source of Nungesser’s anger this week was state GOP Chairman Louis Gurvich, who published an article urging Congressman Garret Graves to stop running for governor. The LAGOP apparently also makes calls across the state with the same effect.

“So now with the thought that Garret Graves could run, sheI’m making calls again,’ he said. ‘I got three calls last night – and back to their old threats, celebsIt’s all it takes to intimidate people.”

Gurvich’s article, which appeared earlier this week, mentioned Graves by name.

“I freely admit that I like Garret Graves,” he wrote. “He’s just likeable and an effective voice for conservatives in Congress. Also, I think he’ll go far in the House of Representatives. Following in the footsteps of Steve Scalise and Mike Johnson, he almost certainly has a future in senior management positions. So I think he would be making a terrible mistake if he left Congress for the governor’s mansion.”

Credit: Louis Gurvich/LAGOP

Credit: Louis Gurvich/LAGOP

Republican decisions

Despite LAGOP’s early support for Landry, several Republicans entered the race.

Along with the Attorney General, Louisiana’s State Treasurer John Schroder also announced that he is running for governor. He was later joined by State Senator Sharon Hewitt and State Representative Richard Nelson.

John Schroeder

Photo credit: John Schroder (

Schroder, like Landry and Nungesser, has long been rumored to be gearing up for a run but has held back on announcing until 2023. His announcement was further delayed when US Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy toyed with a run, although both eventually decided against it.

Hewitt and Schroder were also both vocal as the LAGOP supported Landry. They, too, commented on the idea of ​​”backroom deals” that would undermine the will of Louisiana voters.

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