The race for Louisiana Lt. Governor just got a surprise this weekend.
Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee spurned sitting Parish President John Young and gave its endorsement to former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser on Saturday.
Young and Nungesser addressed the committee’s membership at a meeting Saturday before Nungesser came away with the endorsement up for grabs at the gathering. That endorsement followed another for Nungesser a couple of days earlier from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association.
"I am completely humbled by the news of today's endorsement," Nungesser said in a statement. "Having fought to rebuild after Katrina and the (2010 BP) oil spill with so many of the men and women in the room today, I am honored to have their faith and trust that I will be the lieutenant governor that will rebuild Louisiana, grow our economy and create jobs."
Nungesser and Young are part of a four-way race for lieutenant governor in the Oct. 24 primary. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, a Democrat, and state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, are the other two candidates in the election.