Former Thibodaux councilman calls for resignation of current chairman

Former Thibodaux councilman calls for resignation of current chairman

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - There's a call tonight for the chairman of the Thibodaux City Council to step down after a federal judge sentenced him to 30 days in prison.

Lloyd "Chip" Badeaux pleaded guilty to a probation violation nearly three years after he was caught killing 48 ducks more than the law allows.

"The fact that he's a councilman, who represents Thibodaux makes it more of a sin," said former councilman Eddie Hebert.

Hebert went before the council Tuesday night to call for Badeaux's resignation after reading that Badeaux was sentenced to 30 days in jail for his second duck hunting violation.

"The article about you being arrested," Hebert began. That prompted Badeaux to get up from the council dais and say, "Mr. Hebert you're a (expletive) for coming up and doing this."

State wildlife agents arrested Badeaux in November for violating his probation by hunting again with illegal lead buckshot.

"You wanna talk about, it come on out," said Badeaux as he walked past Hebert.

"I think it was a threat, but I ignored that," said Hebert.

Hebert wasn't backing down.

"I would ask this council to call for Chip's resignation," Hebert said.

Several council members were asked about the about the incident. Eric Tabor said he was still studying the matter, Constance Johnson said she supported the call for Badeux to resign.

"It's an embarrassment to the councilman and the mayor and to the citizens of this city," Hebert said.

But some believe he should get a break.

"No one should give up their seat for a hunting violation," said Thibodaux resident Elvis Richard.

"Everybody deserves a second chance. He should continue in office," said resident Victor Nicholas.

For his part, Badeaux refused comment today, but on Tuesday he said, "Misdemeanors are misdemeanors."

"People elect councilmen because they trust their judgment and feel they will do the right thing," said Hebert.

Badeaux is expected to report to federal prison in April.

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