by Kevin Allman
Lieutenant governor hopeful Billy Nungesser and his Senate champion, David Vitter, are planning a seven-city blitz of the state that will take them from Shreveport and Monroe all the way down to New Orleans in 10 1/2 hours. The duo (along with entertainer and former lieutenant governor candidate Sammy Kershaw) will begin at 8 a.m. in Shreveport ("Corner of Bert Kouns and Youree Dr. [look for the giant elephant with Nungesser signs on it]") before hitting Monroe, Alexandria, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and finally "New Orleans" (actually, Metairie).
(Interestingly, both the Monroe and Baton Rouge stops have the instruction: "Look for the statue of Drew Brees." Huh? There's a statue of #9 in Monroe??? A quick call to the campaign cleared it up: Nungesser, Vitter, Kershaw, et al. will be traveling with a Drew Brees statue. No word on whether the "statue" is an inflatable, or one of those car-dealership giant stick figures that flails around due to a fan at the bottom. Also no word as to what the steadfastly non-political Mr. Brees thinks of all this; to my knowledge, he hasn't endorsed anything more controversial than NyQuil.)
It's an ambitious schedule, particularly in regards to Baton Rouge, where the meet-and-greet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., meaning they'll hit Red Stick rush hour traffic on their way to Metairie.
Full schedule and details under the jump.
8:00am — Shreveport
Corner of Bert Kouns and Youree Dr. (look for the giant elephant with Nungesser signs on it)
9:30 — Monroe
Milhaven Rd in front of Target/Home Depot/Best Buy (look for the statue of Drew Brees)
11:00 — Alexandria
Corner of MacArthur Dr. and Jackson St. (look for the giant elephant with Nungesser signs on it)
12:30 — Lake Charles
Nelson Road across from WalMart and Chik-Fil-A
2:30 — Lafayette
Corner of Kaliste Saloom and Pinhook (look for the giant elephant with Nungesser signs on it)
4:30 — Baton Rouge
Corner of Corporate Blvd and Jefferson (look for the statue of Drew Brees)
6:30 — New Orleans
Corner of Veterans Blvd and Causeway in Metairie (the neutral ground in front of the Macy's parking garage)