State lawmakers come to blows in Baton Rouge bar

Chris Miller
May 16, 2018 - 2:16 pm

Houma Senator Norby Chabert and Lafayette Representative Stuart Bishop got into fist fight at a Baton Rouge area bar Tuesday night, supposedly over to a bill by Chabert that was blocked in committee by Bishop

Bishop issued an apology today on the House floor.

"I feel like it was unbecoming of a gentleman, or unbecoming of a member of this house, and for that, I truly apologize," said Bishop. 

"A couple hundred years ago, when we had a fight in this state, we did it with dueling guns," Bishop joked. "I hope it doesn't happen again. The next time, it'll just be dueling guns."

Polls indicate the legislature is not a popular body at the moment, and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this altercation just makes them look even worse, at time when the state is already struggling.

"It really should send a warning to the 144 members that you better quiet down, get your work done, and get out of town with causing more problems for yourself," said Pinsonat. "You can only shoot yourself in the foot so many times."

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