Laf. delegation goes whole hog for Dardenne

by Leslie Turk

Five Lafayette Republican legislators and one Democratic state rep endorsed Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's re-election bid Thursday.

As Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser's campaign struggles through negative publicity over a flubbed endorsement announcement, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne continues to rack up formal support of his own.

After picking up 23 mayoral endorsements Wednesday, Dardenne swept the Lafayette proper delegation Thursday. Sen.-elect Page Cortez, Sen. Mike Michot, Rep.-elect Stuart Bishop and Reps. Rickey Hardy, Nancy Landry and Joel Robideaux threw their support to the incumbent at a 3 p.m. press conference held at the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. (Hardy, who was out campaigning in his boxing gloves, did not attend the press conference.)

Nungesser and Dardenne are both Republicans.