Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says Confederate monument debate is far from over

June 15, 2017 | Updated: 12:23 p.m., June 15, 2017

NEW ORLEANS -- "You got your way. They're down. But let's do the right thing and allow them to be placed in a historical site," says Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.

And it's as simple as that for Nungesser, but getting there is an uphill battle for the Louisiana politician who has expressed his desire to keep the Confederate monuments up in the first place.

"It’s not a good thing for New Orleans, it's not a good thing for the state and hopefully, we can get the mayor to turn them over to the Legislature," says Nungesser.

Confederate monument removal cost $2.1 million; city blames threats, litigation

Nungesser has repeatedly asked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to hand over the Liberty Place, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E Lee statues since the very beginning.

“I think people on both sides of the issue feel that way, that this could have been over after we took them down and turned them over to the state, and to drag this out is not good for either side, for anyone," says Nungesser.

The city of New Orleans spent $2.1 million in police and firefighter overtime to remove all four Confederate monuments.

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City leaders blame extensive legal wrangling, violent threats and pressing logistical demands for the monumental expense.

"Once again, why is this dragging out so long? Why does this continue to fuel? It's unnecessary," says Nungesser.