A WWL-TV report says Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has State Police troopers drive him everywhere he goes, but he still receives $8400 in annual salary to drive a personal vehicle to work. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the investigative report is not a good look for Nungesser.

“Taxpayers do not feel statewide elected officials need to be cared for on an hourly, minute-by-minute basis by State Police,” said Pinsonat.

The Lt. Governor says he rides with troopers only part of the time. The WWL-TV report also claims that his staffers were getting paid by taxpayers while work on his re-election campaign. Pinsonat says legislative auditor should look into this.

“I don’t think the taxpayers feel they should foot the bill for campaign events or these State Troopers being at his beckon call all day to drive him around,” said Pinsonat.

Nungesser is up for re-election this year, but no major challengers have surfaced. Pinsonat says Nungesser has some explaining to do.

“I don’t think it’s about the election, I think it’s about doing what’s right and how do you spend taxpayer’s dollars that’s the big question for Nungesser,” said Pinsonat.

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