Lieutenant governor candidates jab at debate

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lieutenant governor candidate Billy Nungesser was stumped when incumbent Jay Dardenne asked him to describe the flow of tourism funding in Louisiana's budget and what six agencies the lieutenant governor oversees.

Nungesser replied that he doesn't have access to all the information Dardenne has running the office, but Dardenne retorted that his opponent should know more about the office he's seeking to hold.

The exchanges came in a debate Thursday hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Both candidates for the Oct. 22 election are Republicans. No Democrats are in the race.

Nungesser criticized Dardenne for continuing to do outside work both as a lawyer and a speech-giver on Louisiana history. He says Dardenne should focus entirely on the job he was elected to do.

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