Louisiana’s democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is, always, the consummate politician.
I begin by recalling her calm demeanor in the face of the Katrina disaster when speaking with Anderson Cooper — her focus was to thank her fellow politicians rather than discuss the real issues at hand (i.e. lack of response by the government, dead bodies in the street, etc.)
To add insult to injury, Landrieu also went to great links to play politics by issuing a public statement congratulating Governor Blanco for her handling of Katrina.
Then, at the 2008 DNC when she had an opportunity to ‘play politics’, she chose to speak out against FEMA and the failure to respond properly for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In the world of political analysts, the response would be “Well played, Mary, well-played!”
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, is also an avid blackmailer.
Yes, you read that correctly. Two particular instances come to mind to support this argument.
The first was when she issued a press release stating she would hold up the vote on the confirmation of budget director, Jacob Lew, until the administration modified the moratorium that was set after the BP Oil Spill.
The second time Mary refused to endorse a public health care option until the administration agreed to provide Louisiana with $300,000,000 as a trade for her vote.
Some might say this is great because Mary held out for what was in Louisiana’s best interest. I suppose that depends on how you feel about the outcome.
Are we better off with the current handling of oil production and sales in Louisiana?
Is the Affordable Care Act working for or against the average citizen at this time?
Perhaps the better question is — how do you feel now that you have the knowledge that a Senator representing you in Washington is an avid blackmailer?
Senator Landrieu also claims Washington as her official ‘home’ — even though she calls herself the senior Senator from Louisiana.
Evidence of this fact was taken on recently by one of her opponents in the upcoming Senate race when he brought out the fact that Landrieu did not even own a home in Louisiana.
Mary claims her parents home as the location she resides in while visiting her home state.
It is VERY important to note that I am about to put together the pieces of this puzzle:
- Judge Wilson Fields, a fellow Democrat, ruled that Senator Mary Landrieu’s residence is not relevant until election day according to the law, delaying this legal challenge until, and if, Mary is re-elected.
- Judge Wilson Fields is the brother of Cleo Fields, Democrat.
- Cleo Fields is an endorser of May Landrieu, Democrat.
Is this all a coincidence? Perhaps, I will allow the reader to decide.
Mary Landrieu also has a propensity to spend taxpayer money for personal use.
This situation was uncovered, only after being challenged by an opponent, that Landrieu was spending taxpayer dollars on personal fundraising events by charging the government for her flight costs.
Once this was made public, Landrieu’s political operatives decided to go on the offensive by performing an internal audit of their flight costs and calendar.
Landrieu was aware that you do not mix ‘personal’ or political events with official Senate business. All elected officials are aware of this rule of law; especially a seasoned ‘senior official’ from the good state of Louisiana.
At least 136 political functions were scheduled during 43 official Senate business flights since 2002.
Landrieu blamed the problem on faulty bookkeeping, and has now decided to use accounting software that other congressional elected officials use to avoid this problem. Are you kidding me?
Senator Landrieu’s endorsement may uncover questions.
Boysie Bollinger, one of the most powerful individuals in the State of Louisiana, has endorsed Mary Landrieu for re-election. Mr. Bollinger is a multi-millionaire and the proprietor of Bollinger Shipyards.
Bollinger Shipyards received a $255 million contract to build Fast Response Cutters for the Coast Guard. Landrieu is the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee that approved that expenditure, and took credit by announcing the awarding of this contract.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican