Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:07
The Race for Louisiana Lt. Governor: Will Democrats Pick the Winner?
Written by 

ChehardyThe gloves are off, the fists are swinging, and the mud is flying. The race for Lt. Governor is off and running. Incumbent Jay Dardenne has accused his lone challenger Billy Nungesser of being a liberal and having a double public persona when it comes to the BP oil crisis. Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President, accuses Dardenne of being a liberal and various other assorted maladies that most politicians would take offense to.

Dardenne and Nungesser are both Republicans. Ronald Reagan’s declaration to never speak badly about a fellow Republican is obviously out the window. Jay Dardenne spent many years in the state legislature and cast thousands of votes. As parish president Billy Nungesser dealt with hurricanes and near hurricanes and the BP oil spill. Now their respective actions are being questioned by the other, and the voters are
left wondering who and what to believe.

It used to be said that the only job of the Lt. Governor was to wake up each morning and check the obituary page of the paper to see if the Governor had died the night before. If the Governor was not in the obituaries, the Lt. Governor could roll over and go back to sleep until the next morning. Fortunately, things have changed. Today the Lt. Governor has a very important job. He is responsible for Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. His job is an important part of Louisiana’s economic engine. Our culture is rich from the Cajun Country to our Creole Food, from the French Quarter to the Atchafalaya Basin. From Shreveport to Monroe to Alexandria, the people of Louisiana are rich in their heritage and deserve the best. It is the job of the Lt. Governor to promote our state and promote tourism. It would be nice if these issues were driving this campaign. Unfortunately, they are not. But there are other things afoot that make this race interesting and important.

The 2011 election for Lt. Governor is seen as the first volley of the 2015 race for Governor. Yes, politicians do think ahead. Not always for the job they were elected to do but certainly for the next election. Although there will likely be countless candidates running in 2015, whoever is elected Lt. Governor will be considered a front runner to succeed Bobby Jindal who is barred by term limits from seeking another term.

Also adding importance to this race is the endorsement of Billy Nungesser by Senator David Vitter. This endorsement could make the difference in the race. Vitter is popular statewide, and his endorsement carries weight with Republicans and other conservative voters. The Vitter endorsement gives Nungesser instant statewide credibility especially in conservative circles. Billy Nungesser will work to make the most of Vitter’s endorsement.

And this brings us to the most interesting aspect of this race. The winner may just be the candidate who runs best among traditional democratic voters. Both candidates will compete hard for Republican and conservative votes; but, since both candidates are Republican, the traditional Democratic base is up for grabs. The twenty-four dollar question is will Democrats organize and support one of these two Republicans. If Democrats do so they may just be in a position to pick the winner. Imagine that: a Republican Lt. Governor who owes his election to the Democratic Party.

So who do they pick? Most certainly they would love to defeat Nungesser so they could lay claim to defeating Sen. David Vitter’s endorsed candidate. Democrats are still smarting from Vitter’s re-election last year. Democrats thought they had a real chance to win that race. But they never did. Only wishful thinking gave Democrats hope. Reality was something totally different.

Usually it is the race for Governor that gets voter’s blood boiling. This year it is the race for Lt. Governor. If you are a political junkie, watch this race closely. With just a few weeks left to Election Day, the race will likely develop into an interesting study of Louisiana’s new political dynamic where Republican will oppose Republican, and Democrats can decide the outcome.

By Lawrence Chehardy

Lawrence ChehardyAbout Lawrence Chehardy

For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish and throughout his career has been a champion the maintenance of the Homestead Exemption.  During his years as Assessor Lawrence Chehardy served as President, Vice-president, and Treasure of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association. He also served on numerous boards and committees of the association.

Chehardy has extensive knowledge of politics, political campaigning, and the political process. When it comes to political strategy and creating the campaign’s message, Lawrence is one of the best. Lawrence Chehardy has been instrumental in the election of numerous candidates through endorsements as well as campaign strategy. In many cases his endorsement turned the election in favor of those candidates.

In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.


Desperate Politics? Nungesser, Dardenne Debate Louisiana Poll Results
Louisiana Elections Poll: Dardenne v. Nungesser, Tucker v. Schedler Virtual Ties

Recent columns by Chehardy

Obama Jobs Plan Stimulus 2 Is Job On Us And Class Warfare
Bobby Jindal and the Demise of the Louisiana Democratic Party

The Surge of the Louisiana Republican Party

Fielkow’s Resignation And The Politics Of Scheduling Louisiana Elections

Roller Coaster Week-- LSU, Irene, Katrina, New Orleans Marsh Fire, Saints, Whew!

Rick Perry Looks Like The New GOP Ronald Reagan

Political establishment coming out for Jefferson Parish coroner candidate

After Debt Ceiling Crises, Balanced Budget Amendment Is Change We Believe In


Louisiana Politics And Elections

Visit Louisiana Politics and

Latest news, videos, pictures, discussions, columns, events

Poll: Dardenne vs. Nungesser For Louisiana Lt. Governor--SEE WHO IS WINNING!

ogin With 



Shop NewOrleansMart.Com For Merchandise

Get Your Louisiana merchand LouisianaMart.Com

Bayoubuzz Newsletter - Sign Up Below

Also Click here and Join:

Louisiana Politics And Government
LouisianaPoliticsAnd Government
Join Bayoubuzz'sLouisianaPolitics and Government community is a socialmedia site that is designed to help connect people, government and politics in Louisiana.



Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

Read More

miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

Read More


trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.


Read More

edwards play money 1

At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1