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Louis Lambert Controversy (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-11-16

Duration: 00:10:32

Subjects: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Television debates | Campaign Finance | Political campaigns | LAMBERT, LOUIS | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Politics | Elections, 1979


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Lambert, Louis Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Lynch, Bill Speaker
  • Henry, Bubba Speaker
  • Mouton, Sonny Speaker


This segment from the November 16, 1979, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the controversy started by Public Service Commission Chairman Louis Lambert at the LPB gubernatorial debate, where he alleged that Congressman Dave Treen received endorsements from two former gubernatorial candidates, Speaker of the House Bubba Henry and State Senator Sonny Mouton, in exchange for payment of their campaign debt. This report also includes the subsequent responses by Treen, Henry, and Mouton denying Lambert’s claim. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome