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Surrogates Louisiana GOP, Demos pound Landrieu, Cassidy on Flat Tax, IRS scandal

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capitol-dcRight now, it’s the battle of the political parties as surrogates and the IRS and taxes are the main issues.

Using their email list,  the Louisiana Republican Party has been blasting Sen. Mary Landrieu for various reasons and today the focus ties in Obamacare, the IRS political scandal in Washington, Obama and how Republican Bill Cassidy would do things differently.

Shortly after, the Louisiana Democratic Party issued its own political email blast, taking on Bill Cassidy by focusing upon the “flat tax”, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Washington special interests, the tea party, flood insurance (after all this is hurricane season) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Presumably, all of the above would be considered “negatives” that would to potential Landrieu voters.

It appears that the modus operandi for both candidates is to use the respective political parties to their own advantages allowing them to be the spokespersons for now until they ramp up their campaigns.

Also, the Republican Party appears to be substantially behind Cassidy although another Republican Rob Maness has entered the fold as candidate.

Here are the press releases from the two parties: 

 This week Bill Cassidy refused to take a position on the “flat tax” plan, which Gov. Bobby Jindal and special interests in Washington are pushing to raise taxes on the middle class and slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

“Bill Cassidy is ducking and dodging, but he owes it to the people of this state to say exactly where he stands on the flat tax,” said Kirstin Alvanitakis, communications director for the Louisiana Democratic Party. “In his rush to pander to the Tea Party, Bill Cassidy apparently never stopped to look into the details of this proposal. Unfortunately, this is becoming a pattern for Cassidy, who recently admitted he did not know that the Ryan budget -- which he voted for -- would cause Louisiana homeowners’ flood insurance rates to skyrocket.”

On Tuesday Cassidy told his Twitter followers that he had signed Ted Cruz’s online petition, which states: 

“We need a tax code that is simple, fair, flat, and that protects our freedoms.” 

When asked by a Times-Picayune reporter if Cassidy actually supported a flat tax, a spokesperson said “he hasn't discussed the flat tax issue with his boss.” 

The online petition was paid for by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC that recently emailed its supporters on behalf of Rob Maness, another GOP candidate in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race that has endorsed the flat tax.

LAGOP: Senator Landrieu Should Return IRS Union's $23,000 Contribution

As the controversy over the IRS continues to swell in Washington, the Republican Party of Louisiana is challenging Senator Mary Landrieu to return the $23,000 in contributions she received from the National Treasury Employees union.

Senator Landrieu is one of the largest recipients of the IRS unions' dollars in the Senate. 

Recently, Landrieu has been quiet on the issue and has ignored requests from the NRSC and the LAGOP to return the contributions.

"As more details come to light, it's appalling that our senator has been receiving money from this group, which has for years targeted those who disagree with her," LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere said. "It's time that Senator Landrieu show the people of Louisiana who she stands with: her constituents or the IRS."

The IRS is also set to be the enforcement agency of Obamacare, for which Senator Landrieu cast the deciding vote.

"This is ridiculous," Villere said. "How can we allow a bureaucracy that can't be trusted to approve tax exempt applications to be in charge of administering one-sixth of the nation’s economy?"

Tuesday, the Senate Conservatives Fund launched Since then, the site has collected over 34,000 signatures of people who support abolishing the IRS. 

Most notably, on Tuesday, Congressman Bill Cassidy signed the pledge saying, "We need to replace the agency with something truly apolitical and limited in scope. Since there'll be no IRS, the new entity will not have the mandate to enforce ObamaCare."

"We stand with Congressman Cassidy and Senator Ted Cruz in eliminating the IRS," said Villere. "Our tax system needs real reform that is simple and fair and will protect our freedoms from being subject to a bureaucratic witch hunt by federal agents."

"We challenge Senator Landrieu to join us in condemning the chilling actions of the IRS and demanding that those responsible be held accountable for their actions," he said. "Senator Landrieu has the opportunity to stand for her constituents by returning the contributions from the IRS union and firmly opposing this agency having anything to do with managing Obamacare."
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