The National and Louisiana Republican Parties are trying to clear the political road for U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in his race with incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Here is what Maness told the Fax-Net exclusively when asked if he plans to stay in the race:
“Elections are about choices and those choices belong to voters – not some broken establishment that caters to the status-quo. The arrogance that these interests have in trying to rig the election before the voters even get a chance to weigh in is offensive and a subversion of the democratic process.”
He went on to say, “Are there really people who are comfortable suggesting that I was good enough to serve in the military, but not in the United States Senate? My 24,000 donors expect me to stay in the race to give the voters the opportunity to oppose the status-quo in Washington by sending me there. That’s why we’ll win in November and December.”
So there you have it. Maness recently pocketed another high-profile endorsement from Tony Perkins, a former Louisiana legislator who is now chairman of the Family Research Council and its PAC.
Earlier, he picked up the endorsement of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to go with numerous endorsement from conservative groups.
Financially, Maness cracked the $1 million mark in campaign funds, according to his latest report. He has raised $1,337,990, spent $1,023,634, and has $314,356 on hand as of June 30.
Sheriffs endorse Landrieu
The Louisiana Sheriffs Association (LSA), which represents the state’s 65 sheriffs and nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs, has endorsed Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in her bid for a fourth six-year term.
The current political breakdown of the sheriffs is 39 Democrats, 18 Republicans and 7 Independents. It is the third time Landrieu has gotten the organization’s endorsement, winning it in 2002 and 2008.
What makes the endorsement more significant is that, in the past, the LSA has endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, demonstrating that it is not a Democratic-controlled organization or a rubber stamp for Democrats.
“Senator Landrieu’s senior status and her record of continued support for Louisiana sheriffs throughout her career were determining factors in the decision,” said Michael Ranatza, LSA’s executive director.
Landrieu is chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, a post that is important to law enforcement.
Landrieu said, “I am so grateful to have the support of Louisiana’s top law enforcement organization. The endorsement of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association is not only a badge of honor that I wear proudly, but it represents a sacred trust, and a loyalty, that I will work each and every day to earn once re-elected.”
Republican candidates U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness also sought LSA’s coveted endorsement, but came up empty-handed.