BELLE CHASSE, La. — One local politician in Louisiana hasn't been afraid of taking on everyone from big oil to big government since crude started washing ashore.
Billy Nungesser, a feisty millionaire who is president of Plaquemines (PLAK'-uh-minz) Parish, has been the voice of thousands of coastal residents.
His sometimes unpolished demeanor captures their angst, and his voice has echoed across the region louder than some more powerful political figures. He's criticized President Barack Obama's oil response team and even the federal government's point man for the spill, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.
The White House and Allen's spokesman have declined to comment on Nungesser, but it's clear their partnership has at times been testy.