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Campaign 1983: Lieutenant Governor Run-Off

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-11-04

Duration: 00:03:48

Subjects: Politics | Elections, 1983 | Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial election, 1983 | Freeman, Robert L., 1934- | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Democratic Party (La.)


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Bankston, Jesse Interviewee
  • Fitzmorris, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Freeman, Bobby Interviewee


This segment from the November 4, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the heated run-off election for Lieutenant Governor between Lieutenant Governor Bobby Freeman and former Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris. Johnson reports that Governor-Elect Edwin Edwards endorses Freeman in the race. This report includes: Jesse Bankston, the chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, accusing Fitzmorris of being a turncoat for endorsing Dave Treen in the 1979 gubernatorial election; an interview with Jimmy Fitzmorris, where he discusses Freeman’s record as a “do-nothing” Lieutenant Governor and his support of working people; and Bobby Freeman discussing his promise to not attack Fitzmorris personally and his loyalty to the Democratic Party.