Louisiana U.S. Senate candidates have dirty laundry that needs airingPosted by Brinkley Branch on November 3, 2014
As Election Day Tuesday draws close, the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana continues to heat up between Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D), Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), and Col. Rob Maness (R). Get out the Vote operations are in full swing across the state and undecided voters are digging for reasons to vote for one candidate or the other. Facts are surfacing daily and the clock is ticking.
Sen. Landrieu is a native of New Orleans; she has held this seat since 1996. Her major focus in her time as Senator has been Energy and Oil, and she has recently been appointed as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. During her time as Senator she has made progress in the field but most has been for personal gain.
When appointed as chair her top priority was the Keystone Pipeline XL, but later backed off of the issue. This was one of the topics at the final debate held at LSU Wednesday night; Rep. Bill Cassidy grilled her on the topic. “Her first priority as becoming chair on this Energy Committee was to get a Senate Floor vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Cassidy said. “She’s not been able to do so, although she says that she’s done everything in her power, but that just means she’s not very powerful.”
Voters have also had their attention brought to another low point in Landrieu’s career, her using tax-payer dollars to fly by Charter planes around the state. “This is completely in the rules and budgeted for,” said Landrieu in Wednesday’s debate. But on further review of the records $33,000 out of $47,000 has been written off as ‘bookkeeping errors’.
Another event in the life of Sen. Landrieu she would rather not have mentioned is that her 21 year old son, Connor Snellings, was arrested a little over a year ago for a hit and run accident while driving drunk. He was also charged with driving the wrong direction on a one way street, failing to maintain control of a vehicle, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
Snellings’ Breathalyzer test registered a .211 blood alcohol level-three times the legal limit. He was later released on a $9,000 bail.
Landrieu, a third-term Democrat, said in a statement, “We love our son whole heartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night.”
“Those actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system. We ask that the public respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time as a family,” she wrote.
Another notable fact regarding this race is that Rep. Bill Cassidy released a statement earlier this year that his 17 year old daughter was expecting a child out of wedlock. “Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.” Cassidy said in the statement.
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