Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser speaks to hosts and guests during a Louisiana Seafood State of the Industry Tour stop at the Tabasco Restaurant Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in Avery Island, La. During the tour Nungesser met with local seafood producers, industry representatives and fishermen in Henderson, Delcambre, Avery Island, Franklin and Lafitte.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has bumbled into so many misadventures during his short time in office, I'm starting to wonder whether his story might make for a good TV sitcom.

At least he's providing a break from all that serious talk about budgets and taxes.

While Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Legislature are busy trying to bring some order to the chaos that has dominated state finances in recent years, Nungesser is locked in a very public fight with the man who was, until recently, the interim director of one of the state museums under his office's control.

Tim Chester offered his resignation as head of the Louisiana State Museum this week, to the clear disappointment of at least some board members and not before launching a written broadside against what he described as Nungesser's political oversteps.

Chester accused Nungesser of using the museum's property for personal purposes; demanding that museum employees give his staff keys to its buildings, which he called a security violation; interfering with the waiting list used to allocate coveted Pontalba apartments on Jackson Square; intimidating museum staff; threatening to sell items from the collection; pushing a change in policy to allow new U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to take museum-owned art to Washington, after Kennedy had launched political attacks against the state art program; and more.

"I've seen some pretty strange crap come down in museums, but this one takes the cake," he said.

For his part, Nungesser denied it all, called Chester's letter cowardly and full of bald-faced lies, labeled him an "agitated old man" and claimed he was pushing back against Nungesser's drive for accountability.

This all comes a year after Nungesser found himself caught up in another strange story, this one about his involvement in a proposed oil transport deal with state GOP chair Roger Villere, in which he signed a letter to the government of Iraq claiming to convey Edwards' support. The Democratic governor, it turned out, knew nothing of the deal, which went nowhere.

It comes less than a year after Nungesser publicly questioned the integrity of Louisiana elections, invoking the ire of Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a fellow Republican who oversees voting in the state.   

And it comes just as Nungesser is pleading with President Donald Trump to help him stop New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from taking down several Confederate-themed monuments now displayed on city property.

Unlike the Iraq deal, elections and the monuments, the museum actually does fall under Nungesser's jurisdiction. And he's not the first lieutenant governor to chafe at the office's limited portfolio, or to tangle with the semi-independent board. When he held the job, Landrieu pushed through legislation that shifted hiring and firing authority over the director from the board to the lieutenant governor.

But given Nungesser's track record of going rogue, it's hard not to take the allegations seriously.

This is a guy who boasted during his first, failed run for the job that he'd think outside the box and follow his gut. I'm not sure his gut's doing him much good these days.

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