Several mayors on Wednesday disavowed Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser’s claim that they had endorsed him for lieutenant governor.
The mayors said they were irked at finding out they were included on a list of officials backing Nungesser’s bid to unseat Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in Saturday’s election.
St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Quilla, New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry and Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said they have not endorsed Nungesser.
A Nungesser campaign news release Tuesday included them on a list of 14 mayors endorsing him after a breakfast meeting organized by Grand Isle Mayor David Carmadelle, who has endorsed Nungesser.
Camardelle did not respond to a telephone message left at his office seeking comment.
The Nungesser campaign released a statement attributed to Camardelle in which he called it “a simple misunderstanding.”
“Some of the mayors were simply there to meet Billy. These elected officials were not identified to the campaign. It was a simple misunderstanding,” the statement said.
D’Aquilla, Curry and Brasseaux said they went to the breakfast meeting as a courtesy to Camardelle and to hear what Nungesser had to say.
“It looks like they used the list of people in attendance,” Curry said.
“At no time before, during or after (the meeting) did the word ‘endorsement’ come up,” said Broussard. “The only thing I got sucked into was signing a tablet that I attended.”
Brasseaux said he and some other mayors attending the meeting were “pretty upset” by the news release issued by the Nungesser campaign.
“I did not endorse Nungesser,” New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry said. “I never have ever, in the 12 years I’ve been in political office, endorsed a candidate, and I never will.”
“It’s a policy I have. I don’t endorse anybody for any office,” Brasseaux said.
D’Aquilla said he went because it was a good opportunity to visit with fellow mayors.