Friday, 19 September 2014 12:55
Landrieu quacks over Cassidy ducks, Rancid Edwards, LAGOP adds ethics cry

edwards-lamar-whiteUnhealthy healthcare system

Louisiana healthcare system is still a very controversial subject. Marsha Shuler of The Advocate, has written “Inside Report: Uninsured care causes problems for hospitals” gives an inside view of the impact to some of the hospitals not getting reimbursed for treating uninsured patients.


Debate ducks
Mary Landrieu is slapping at her main opposition Rep. Bill Cassidy for ducking debates. On Thursday, the Landrieu campaign issued this statement about the cancellation of a North Louisiana debate, which comment said in part:

“KNOE, the CBS-affiliate television station in Monroe, LA, yesterday announced that it would be canceling the first debate of the Senate election, scheduled for October 8. With Congressman Bill Cassidy refusing to participate in the debate, there will no longer be a debate to talk about the issues important to Northeast Louisiana voters.

“This decision was made after considerable thought by management regarding a lack of participation in the forum by all eligible candidates,” KNOE wrote in an email. “The candidates who agreed to participate have our sincere appreciation and our sincere apologies for creating a void in their busy campaign schedules.”

Today, Landrieu has continued to focus upon the debate refusals. In doing so, she is going to the scene of the “crime”

Today, Friday, September 19, Senator Mary Landrieu will appear at the site of the first scheduled Louisiana Senate debate and challenge Congressman Bill Cassidy to stop dodging debates, including the one originally scheduled for October 8, 2014. That debate— hosted by KNOE-TV Monroe and KALB-TV Alexandria — is the only debate scheduled in Northeast Louisiana, and Congressman Cassidy's decision to force its cancellation signals his refusal to discuss local issues important to voters in the region.

Congressman Cassidy has refused to participate in three debates, while Senator Landrieu and Colonel Maness have agreed to participate in all scheduled, televised debates

Six years ago during Landrieu's last contest for the US Senate seat, Republican candidate Treasurer John Kennedy often complained that Landrieu was refusing to debate him. According to a recent poll, Landrieu and Cassidy are in a virtual tie if the election was between Landrieu and Cassidy. In a three-person race, Republican candidate Rob Maness trails, although he is in the mid-teens.

LAGOP chimes in
Meantime, the Louisiana GOP has issued this press release regarding their filing a supplemental ethics complaint against Senator Landrieu regarding the charter reimbursements:

The Republican Party of Louisiana has filed a supplemental ethics complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to reflect new revelations about Senator Mary Landrieu’s illegal use of official Senate funds for campaign purposes.

The LAGOP asked for a full Senate investigation into Landrieu’s travel habits earlier this month. The supplemental complaint is based on the results of a Republican National Committee audit of her travel and Landrieu’s own report into the matter, which failed to include any analysis of her travel from 1997 to 2002. Landrieu’s report also leaves unanswered significant questions, including how the erroneous process was established and who was responsible for approving the illegal payments.
“Senator Landrieu’s internal review raises serious concerns and should prompt the Committee to conduct a full investigation of the Senator’s official travel expenses since she began serving in 1997,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré writes in the amended complaint. “Although Senator Landrieu’s audit indicates that it follows a careful analysis of the records of each trip for which the Senator used official funds to pay for private charter flights, there is no description of the process used to conduct that analysis, no recitation of the staff interviewed, and does not include for public review the raw documents that one would expect from a thorough internal investigation that is designed to examine the issue from an objective posture.”

The supplemental complaint letter was faxed to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics Friday. A copy of the complaint letter can be found here.

Rancid as Butter
CNN has focused upon Edwin Edwards’ entry into the US Congressional race.
In one of the quotes from the article, Edwards told a church audience, “"I may be old and rancid butter, but I'm on your side of the bread," he proclaims from the altar.”
Question: As a postscript from Edwin Edwards last run for elective office, then against David Duke, when the cry was "Vote for the Crook", anyone interested in creating bumper stickers, “Vote for the Rancid”?
Here is the entire article


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