Nungesser Suggests Supporters Call LAGOP After Landry Endorsement

LOUISIANA (KPEL News) – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has fired back hard after reports that the Louisiana Republican Party voted in support of Attorney General Jeff Landry.

In a campaign email to supporters, Nungesser expressed his outrage and shared the personal contact information of LAGOP Executive Committee members, including party leader Louis Gurvich, possibly to encourage supporters to call and email them send.

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Team Nungesser 2023 Email

“The notion that a handful of people could go into a back room and come out supporting a candidate without ever considering others who are running or considering running is arrogant, ill-conceived and detrimental to the party,” Nungesser said in his statement. “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. At the root of this decision is money, and the party leader and vice-leaders decided to put payday ahead of politics. It will very likely backfire because we have a well-informed electorate whose vote cannot be bought.”

The email, which is on the letterhead of the Team Nungesser 2023 campaign, indicates that the Lt. governor is not a declared candidate but has expressed an interest in running for office.

“President Reagan once said, ‘The Republican Party is a large tent, with room in our tent for many opinions,'” Nungesser later said in the statement. “He would have disapproved of the actions of a small group of extremists who seek to hold the party hostage for political expediency and personal gain.”

This statement follows a tweet sent out by Nungesser after the confirmation story broke yesterday.

Monday morning, LaPolitics Weekly Publisher Jeremy Alford broke the news that the LAGOP Executive Committee voted to endorse Landry over the weekend. This led to backlash from members of the state central committee and possible candidates for governor such as Nungesser, Senator Sharon Hewitt, Treasurer John Schroder and others.

Nungesser has repeatedly teased a future announcement expected in January. Landry beat all other expected candidates with an October announcement. Since that announcement, it has been reported that the Landry team was working to gain early state party approval.

There is currently no declared Democratic Party candidate, although names such as Gary Chambers, Dr. Shawn Wilson and others were mentioned.

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