National Democrats Highlight Mary Landrieu's Harmful Partisan Voting Record Landrieu Voted with Barack Obama 97% of the time in '13
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent out a press release Friday with a peculiar new message: "At a time when all voters are sick of Washington partisanship, independence and willingness to put the state ahead of national party are among the most important attributes for successful candidates," they wrote.
While this is one instance where we agree with their assessment, it is an extremely harmful message for Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who has consistently championed President Obama's agenda for the last five years. A new report by Congressional Quarterly (CQ)/Roll Call, shows that Landrieu voted with President Obama 97% of the time in 2013, despite the fact that a majority of voters disapprove of him in Louisiana. In fact, President Obama's approval rating is struggling at 38% in Louisiana according to recent polls, yet Mary Landrieu has voted with him almost 100% of the time. That doesn't sound like the "independence" that the national Democrats say makes a successful candidate.
Mary Landrieu is part of the most partisan caucus in recorded history. According to CQ, Senate Democrats voted unanimously on 52% of the party unity votes in 2013 – an all-time high for either party in either chamber, up from 40% in 2012.
"By voting with President Obama an astounding 97% of the time, Mary Landrieu has ignored the views and opinions of the majority of voters in Louisiana," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Voters in Louisiana don't want to elect a partisan rubber stamp for the Obama agenda like Mary Landrieu, they want someone new who can be trusted to keep their promises, and take action to put Louisiana first."
In 2013, Mary Landrieu Voted With President Obama 97 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies - Sen. Mary Landrieu, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)