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Landrieu Attempts To Save Her Job With A Political Charade

“It seems all Mary Landrieu uses her chairmanship for is to hold show votes, run fake ads, and rubberstamp Obama’s anti-energy appointees. If Landrieu was really serious about getting Keystone done, then why did she pledge to abandon her own bill, why does she continue to endorse Harry Reid’s leadership, and why did she side with him to block a floor vote on the pipeline?” – Ben Voelkel, RNC spokesman

 

Landrieu Attempts To Save Her Job With A Political Charade

Senator Landrieu Has Pledged To Walk Away From Her Own Keystone Bill Once It Leaves Her Committee. “‘Then it's going to be up to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] and [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] as to whether they can negotiate a straight-up vote on Keystone. That will be their negotiation. I will have done my part,’ Landrieu said.” (Zack Coleman, “Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline Set For Senate Panel,” The Washington Examiner, 6/12/14)

  • Last Month, Landrieu Said That It Wasn’t Her Job As Chairwoman Of the Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee To Convince Obama To Approve The Keystone Pipeline. THE WASHINGTON POST: “How to convince him to change his mind when he hasn’t changed it already?” MARY LANDRIEU: “Well, that’s not my job. I wish I could. And I’m going to do everything I can to try. But, you know, [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell has more power than I do and he hasn’t been able to. The Chamber of Commerce has a tremendous amount of power; they’ve not been able to change the president’s mind.” (Vincent Bzdek, “16 Questions For Mary Landrieu,” The Washington Post¸ 5/27/14)

As Reid Calls The Shots In The Senate, Landrieu’s Clout In Washington Is Nothing But A Campaign Talking Point

“Majority Leader Harry Reid Has The Final Say In The Senate When It Comes To Energy Issues.” “If there was any doubt that Majority Leader Harry Reid has the final say in the Senate when it comes to energy issues, just ask Sen. Mary Landrieu -- and Republicans.” (Edward Felker, “Analysis: Landrieu Gets Keystone, But Reid Calls The Shots,” Energy Guardian, 6/18/14)

Reid “Has Made It Clear” That He Will Override Senator Landrieu’s Gavel On The Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee.“Landrieu, D-La., took the gavel of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in time for her re-election campaign, and is pursuing a decidedly pro-oil and natural gas agenda. But Reid, D-Nev., has made it clear that the buck stops with him in the Senate, and that passage of a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill in her committee will likely be a symbolic victory.” (Edward Felker, “Analysis: Landrieu Gets Keystone, But Reid Calls The Shots,” Energy Guardian, 6/18/14)

Landrieu’s Keystone Bill Will Not Be Considered For An Up Or Down Vote In The Senate. “But the Senate leader also indicated that the Keystone bill, even if passed by Landrieu with mostly Republican votes in committee, has little chance of being brought up in the Senate this year.” (Edward Felker, “Analysis: Landrieu Gets Keystone, But Reid Calls The Shots,” Energy Guardian, 6/18/14)

  • Reid “Laughed At The Suggestion That He Bring The Bill To A Vote.” “Reid on Tuesday laughed at the suggestion that he bring the bill to a vote, and blamed Republicans for failing to take an offer for a standalone Keystone XL vote last month in connection with an energy efficiency bill.”(Edward Felker, “Analysis: Landrieu Gets Keystone, But Reid Calls The Shots,” Energy Guardian, 6/18/14)

“Reid Will Win In The End … While Consigning Her Keystone Bill To Gathering Dust.”  “From the Democrats’ perspective, on Wednesday, Landrieu will gain the ability to tout her influence and willingness to buck Reid – a little – by passing the Keystone bill. Reid will win in the end, though. He’ll get Landrieu to advance his FERC nominee, while consigning her Keystone bill to gathering dust.” (Edward  Felker, “Analysis: Landrieu Gets Keystone, But Reid Calls The Shots,” Energy Guardian, 6/18/14)

Why Does Mary Landrieu Continue To Back Reid When He Reduces Her To A Pawn?

In April, Landrieu Said She ‘Absolutely’ Supports Harry Reid For Majority Leader In 2015. “‘Absolutely,’ Sen. Mary Landrieu, a vulnerable Louisiana Democrat facing voters this fall, said when asked if she would back Reid as leader no matter the outcome of the November elections. ‘We all share in success, we all share in the failures; we’re a team. But Harry Reid has tremendous respect of members of our caucus. … I don’t believe that he would be challenged in our party for leadership until he’s ready to step aside.’” (Manu Raju and John Bresnahan, “Harry Reid Set To Lead Democrats, In Majority Or Not,”Politico, 4/3/14)

 

 

Last Month, Landrieu Doubled-Down On Her Support For Reid. MSNBC’s KASIE HUNT: “But you won’t say one way or the other whether you will back Harry Reid?” MARY LANDRIEU: “Well, if he runs I will. I don’t agree with Harry Reid on everything, I most certainly don’t agree with Mitch McConnell on everything.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 5/29/14)

…Maybe It’s Because Reid’s Super PAC Is Trying To Prop Up Landrieu’s Campaign By Running False Ads In Louisiana

Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC Is Running Another False Ad For Landrieu. “A Democratic TV ad makes some audaciously false claims about Rep. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s main Republican opponent: … The attack ad began airing June 7. It is sponsored by the Senate Majority PAC, a big-donor super PAC bent on keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate.” (Brooks Jackson, “‘Cassidycare?’ Come On!” FactCheck.org, 6/11/14)

·         FactCheck.org: “But Being Behind In The Polls Is No Excuse For Making False Claims About An Opponent’s Record. That’s What Voters Should Really Find Insulting.” (Brooks Jackson, “‘Cassidycare?’ Come On!” FactCheck.org, 6/11/14)

 

The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker Awarded Four Pinocchios To The Senate Majority PAC’s Ad Regarding Their False Flood Insurance Ad In Louisiana, Calling It “Highly Misleading.” “Television stations in Louisiana should be ashamed of falling for such an obvious gambit. Individual lines may be true, but the net effect is highly misleading. Surely, the standards for political advertising in Louisiana need to be higher if residents are going to have a civil political debate.  (Glenn Kessler, “Senate Majority PAC’s Nonsensical Attack Ad In Louisiana,” The Washington Post's The Fact Checker, 4/8/14)                                                     

 

The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker Gave A March 2014 Senate Majority PAC Ad In Louisiana Four Pinnochios, Noting Its “Claim Crumbles To Dust.” “Upon examination, this claim crumbles into dust. The ad not only mischaracterizes an ordinary tax deduction as a special ‘tax cut’ but then it falsely asserts that ‘protecting’ this tax break is part of the Koch agenda. It turns out this claim is based on a tenuous link to an organization that never even took a position on the legislation in question.  We often have  been critical of AFP ads, and we realize Democrats want to fight back against an onslaught of attacks. But if you want to join a gun fight, don’t fire blanks.” (Glenn Kessler, “Democrats Claim The Koch Brothers Want To ‘Protect Tax Cuts For Companies That Ship Our Jobs Overseas,’” The Washington Post's The Fact Checker, 3/14/14)    

 

PolitFact Gave An April 2014 Senate Majority PAC Ad In Louisiana A “Mostly False” Rating. “The Senate Majority PAC ad said the Koch brothers ‘funded the fight to let flood insurance premiums soar … Now they’re spending millions to buy a Senate seat for Bill Cassidy so he can fight for them.’  Two major Koch-funded groups opposed the legislative rewrite of the flood-insurance law, and AFP has been airing a lot of ads attacking Cassidy’s opponent. But the ad’s message is significantly undermined by its suggestion that Cassidy is a puppet of the Kochs, particularly on flood insurance. The reality is that Cassidy sided with constituents and against the AFP position on flood insurance as recently as last month. … We rate it Mostly False.” (Louis Jacobson, “Democratic Group Assails Koch Brothers’ Role In Louisiana Senate Race,” PolitiFact, 4/8/14)

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