Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette) was at the center of a very public spat between Republicans in the state House. Ahead of the House speaker vote, Bishop put up a challenger to the GOP-picked Sherman Mack. That challenger was Clay Schexnayder and he won with the support of House Democrats and about 20 Republicans. Rep. Bishop appeared on KPEL's Acadiana's Morning News.

When asked why he split with the state GOP, Rep. Bishop said he trusts the conservative principles of Rep. Schexnayder and has worked with him for 8 years. He also said Rep. Mack is a trial lawyer who would be against TORT reform and went on to say the Republicans didn't have the votes required to officially endorse him. We have reached out to get those voting records and will publish them on

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