Judge Slaps Down Lawsuit Against Democrat Mary Landrieu In Key Louisiana Senate Race

Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

Here in Louisiana, Republicans are doing everything they can in a tight race to unseat an incumbent Democrat member of the Senate, Mary Landrieu.

A Republican contender who has since dropped out of the race filed a lawsuit claiming that Senator Mary Landrieu should be disqualified since she does not own a home in Louisiana and lives in Washington most of the time. You know, because since she works there, that somehow disqualifies her from representing her home state.

Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis filed the suit, presumably on the behest of the Republican Party in order to remove Mary Landrieu from the race which currently pits a couple of Republican candidates against the three-term moderate senator from Louisiana.

Since Louisiana has what is known as a “jungle primary” that pits the top two winners of a runoff election in a general election, it is currently assumed that Mary Landrieu will face off against Congressman Bill Cassidy who only has one serious challenger. That threat comes from Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel who is the Tea Party candidate, and has also been endorsed by Sarah Palin and Phil Robertson from the reality show Duck Dynasty.

From KATC-TV 3: Acadiana’s Newschannel:

A state judge in Louisiana has thrown out a challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s qualification to run for re-election in Louisiana. District Judge Wilson Fields ruled Friday that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis’ lawsuit claiming the three-term Democratic senator lives in Washington and not Louisiana was premature.

Fields says the U.S. Constitution is clear a senator must be a resident of the state from which he or she is elected at the time of the election.

Fields says a challenge could be filed only after the election, which is set for Nov. 4.

Landrieu says she lives with her parents in New Orleans when in Louisiana, and is registered to vote in Louisiana. Hollis claimed Landrieu is a “full-time, permanent inhabitant” of Washington, D.C., where she owns a home. (Source)

Unlike many other southern states, Louisiana actually has a Democrat representing it in the United States Senate. While Mary Landrieu is more of a conservative than most other Democratic senators, she is still better than any of the other Republicans who want to take her seat.

Senator Landrieu is currently the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. (Source)

Louisiana is one of the states shut out of the Medicaid expansion which was part of the landmark Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” It was blocked by Governor Bobby Jindal, a long shot Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Jindal called the health care plan a “blow to our freedoms” and said the “president forced this law on us.”

“It really raises the question of what’s next, what’s allowable,” Jindal said on a Republican National Committee Conference Call. “Taxes on people who refuse to eat tofu or refuse to drive a Chevy Volt…this whole ruling I think is ridiculous. It’s a huge expansion of federal power.”

Jindal said despite the law being upheld, Louisiana will “not set up an exchange.” (Source)

Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are both running in opposition to the Affordable Care Act, something Bill Cassidy has promised to “repeal and replace” should he be elected to the Senate. In fact, Bill Cassidy has proudly announced his endorsement by Dr. Ben Carson, a Tea Party hero who has compared the Obama administration to Hitler’s Germany.

This fall’s mid-term election is going to be very, very close. Nate Silver gives the Republicans a good chance of taking the Senate and retaining the House as well. While Mary Landrieu is no Elizabeth Warren or other progressive hero, she may be the only thing that stands between a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled Senate. Please consider giving her your support.


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