State Senator Greg Tarver spoke with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty Friday morning about his challenges to election opponents Rep. Barbara Norton and Shreveport attorney Shante Wells. Tarver had, in two lawsuits, claimed that neither Norton or Wells were legal residents of Senate District 39 and that their candidacies are invalid.

But it was in responding to charges by Rep. Norton that the conversation took an extremely unusual direction. Tarver, who lives outside the city limits, lists his J S Williams Funeral Home address as his legal domicile, and defended that move by saying he, "a workaholic," occasionally spends the night at his place of business adding, "Let me be honest with you. Once in a while I sleep in a casket."

The long-time politician then explains how he, having been in the mortuary business for a number of years. "I do sleep in a casket once in a while," Tarver says, "I enjoy it. I've been doing it all my life. A casket is just as comfortable as a bed."

A judges ruling in Tarver's suit against Norton is expected Friday morning. Wells, after calling Tarver "a bully," withdrew from the race.

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