Two Louisiana lawmakers reportedly got into a physical bar fight over a piece of legislation Tuesday night.
The fight between state Republican Rep. Stuart Bishop and Republican state Sen. Norby Chabert started after the two were discussing a piece of legislation sponsored by Chabert, which Bishop voted to block. After the argument continued to build, Chabert reportedly punched Bishop in the face a few times, Fox News reported.
“We had a gentleman’s disagreement and settled it with our hands,” Bishop said.
Bishop reportedly did not throw back punched at Chabert and the two left before police arrived to the scene. No arrests were made and Bishop only had a few bruises.
Since the incident, both lawmakers have apologized for their behavior.
“I grew up in this chamber and in no way would I want to disparage anyone here,” Chabert said to fellow senators Wednesday. “We’re both better men than that and I humbly apologize.”
Bishop’s apology was extremely similar, however, he decided to add a joke. “The next time it will be dueling guns,” Bishop joked.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edward said the two are “friends” and that the issue doesn’t “exactly reflect well on the House or Senate or state government.”
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