President Barack Obama is once again doing no favor for the Mary Landrieu for US Senate campaign. Nor did he help his party during the November elections landslide.
Almost overnight, the approval of the Keystone pipeline has become a key issue in Louisiana’s cantankerous senatorial runoff campaign. Incumbent Mary Landrieu is leading the charge in the U.S. Senate, while challenger Dr. Bill Cassidy is trying to one up Landrieu by being the Keystone champion in the House of Representatives. So two questions. Where have both of these candidates been with such an important issue all these many months? And is building the pipeline the huge job creator and economic bonanza that both candidates say it is?
There are two ways to view what transpired in Louisiana and in Washington DC involving yesterday’s Keystone Pipeline XL debate.
Mary Landrieu did not win.
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Below are statements from a liberal group praising the US Senate’s vote today to block the Keystone Pipeline and another statement from a Latino group also blasting Senator Mary Landrieu for her efforts to pass the pipeline.
On the heels of a losing effort by Mary Landrieu to get the US Senate to pass the Keystone Pipeline legislation which has been very popular in Louisiana, Louisiana GOP Chairman issued this political statement:
The U.S. Senate rejected Senator Mary Landrieu’s appeal to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline by a vote which exceeded 41 votes. For the legislation to have succeeded, backers needed 60 votes for approval.
Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana had appealed to the Senate members to approve the legislation that has been tied up for six years.
It was the interception seen around the world. On Sunday at the Superdome, as the Saints were losing their second game in a row, Bengals Tight End Jermaine Gresham scored a touchdown. After the catch, Gresham attempted to give the football to Bengals fan Christa Barrett. Sadly, the ball was rudely stolen by a Saints season ticket holder, 70-year old Tony Williams, who elbowed Barrett in the face in the process.