elephantA day after announcing his intention to seek the lieutenant governor’s seat this fall, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is already touring state and pressing the flesh with a big, honkin’, fiberglass pachyderm in tow.

Nungesser’s “For All of Louisiana Tour” made a stop Tuesday at Trynd Ristorante in downtown Lafayette, one of two appearances by the south Louisiana politico; he will also be at Pujo Street Café in Lake Charles this evening.

The Republican is in his second term as chief executive of Plaquemines Parish Government. Nungesser is perhaps best known for being the face of coastal Louisiana during the 2010 BP oil spill disaster and aftermath. On Monday as the Nungesser campaign spread the word of his candidacy, current Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne — Nungesser’s presumed main obstacle in the October election — released a video containing a robo-call Nungesser made urging voters to support Dardenne in the special election for lieutenant governor, which The Ind’s Leslie Turk blogged Monday.

Visit Nungesser’s campaign website here.

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