ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 04, 1977
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(Studio) Louisiana Representative Richard Tonry, elected in November, resigns today, due to LA judge's ruling that he was elected by fraud.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) Tonry was told House prepared to eject him and call for new election, so he resigns, to fight. [TONRY - is resigning and will run again and will win. Challenges opponent in November election, James Moreau, to run again.] In New Orleans, Moreau says he won in November and will again. [MOREAU - says resignation is political gimmick.] Background of congress battle is really fight between Saint Bernard Parish sheriff, Jack Rowley and Perez family of Plaquemines Parish. Rise of Judge Leander Perez and family and of Plaquemines parish, due to oil and gas, noted. Tonry leaves DC; will start campaign Monday [TONRY - will return.] Tonry faces possible indictment by federal grand jury on charges of illegal campaign contributions.
REPORTER: Don Farmer
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