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Bill Cassidy Announces Senate Run Against Mary Landrieu, Demos Come Out Swinging


Sen. Mary Landrieu still has nearly two years to serve on her term of office, but the race for her seat got started off this week, as Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., threw in his bid for the Senate, a year and a half before the actual election.
 
A former member of the Louisiana Senate who has been serving as a Congressman in the House of Representatives since 2008, Cassidy is also a practicing physician and professor at LSU med school. The Baton Rouge resident has been in Congress in 2009, and is a classic Republican rep who touts not only his business group accolades, but his stance on the right to life and the second amendment.
 
Cassidy made the announcement in a video featuring him and his wife, which premiered on youtube and his newly launched "Bill Cassidy for US Senate" website on Tuesday evening.

 
"As a family, we've decided that I will run for the United States Senate in the election held November 2014, and it's going to be a tough race," Cassidy said, and he was correct in that assessment. 
 
The Louisiana Democratic Party launched a campaign against Cassidy's record, which debuted nearly as soon as whispers of the announcement started surfacing.
 
"Whether it is Louisiana's middle class families, hurricane protection and recovery or small businesses, Bill Cassidy's voting record reflects the priorities of extremists in Washington, not the people of Louisiana," the Democrats said.
 
Party executive director Stephen Handwerk released a statement Wednesday morning calling Cassidy's strategy "a Jindalesque campaign of smoke and mirrors."
 
The statement goes on to allege that Cassidy has voted to raise taxes by staggering numbers, and that he voted down Hurricane Issac relief funding.
 
Meanwhile, Cassidy has begun attacking Sen. Landrieu's record and drawing correlations to her and President Obama. In his announcement video, Cassidy says that Landrieu has given President Barak Obama, "a blank check for his wasteful spending." Landrieu has served for 18-years. Cassidy attempts to play that to his favor, pointing out changes in Landrieu's voting record, and by attacking decisions made by the incumbent Congress, chiefly Obamacare.
 
With nearly two years and two legislative cycles to go before the people vote for this Senate seat again, there is sure to be more scrutiny and likely mud-slinging in what has already become a very tough race.
 
There could also be more candidates. Congressman John Fleming, a Republican from Minden, has been flirting with a run. Recently ousted Congressman Jeff Landry, of New Iberia, and current Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Chas Roemer - both Republicans - are also considering a challenge to Landrieu.
 
In 2008, Landrieu faced a challenge from state Treasurer John Kennedy. She beat out the Republican 52 percent - 46 percent. 
 
Here's the complete statement from the Louisiana Democrats:
 
 

Bill Cassidy Fights for Extremists in Washington Consistently votes against people of Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE-The Louisiana Democratic Party today criticized Bill Cassidy for fighting for extremists in Washington and repeatedly voting against the people of Louisiana. Whether it is Louisiana's middle class families, hurricane protection and recovery or small businesses, Bill Cassidy's voting record reflects the priorities of extremists in Washington, not the people of Louisiana. Earlier this year, he voted against Hurricane Isaac recovery funds to help South Louisiana rebuild. And, last month, he voted to raise taxes on 97 percent of Louisiana families by an average of $3,000 per year and give tax cuts to those making more than $1 million or more per year.

 

"Bill Cassidy has spent his time in Congress fighting for extremists in Washington at the expense of the people of Louisiana. He is going to have a hard time convincing people in Louisiana that he has their best interests at heart when he repeatedly votes against hurricane protection and recovery funding and votes to give tax cuts to millionaires," said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

 

BILL CASSIDY VOTED AGAINST OVER $100 MILLION IN RELIEF FOR HURRICANE ISAAC Cassidy Voted Against $33 Billion In Aid For Hurricanes Isaac, Sandy. "The House on Tuesday passed legislation providing nearly $51 billion in aid for Northeast communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The vote came after the House rejected a Republican amendment that would have offset $17 billion in aide with a 1.63 percent across the board cut in discretionary federal funding for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year. Voting for the $17 billion in aid were Scalise, Richmond, Cassidy, Boustany, and Alexander. Fleming cast the only no vote from Louisiana. On the final vote, providing $33 billion in Sandy assistance, Reps. Alexander, Richmond and Boustany voted yes. Reps. Scalise, Cassidy, and Fleming voted no. Voting for the $33 billion package were 192 Democrats and 49 Republicans. Voting no were one Democrat and 179 Republicans." [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1/15/13] Senator Landrieu Added Language To The Bill That Included Over $100 Million In Relief For Hurricane Isaac.

"The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will be releasing more than $106 million in federal grants to Louisiana for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. Jefferson Parish is getting $16.4 million; New Orleans, $15 million; and St. Tammany Parish, $8.9 million. The state of Louisiana is getting $66.4 million, with a mandate that at least 80 percent of the money go to the parishes hardest hit by Hurricane Isaac. That should mean a significant portion, if not the entire allocation, would go to Plaquemines, and St. John the Baptist parishes. The funding from the federal Community and Development Block Grant program for Isaac damage was added to the $50 billion supplemental spending bill for Hurricane Sandy by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. Landrieu also included language streamlining the approval process for projects." [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 3/27/13]

 

BILL CASSIDY SUPPORTED THE RYAN BUDGET THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND COST LOUISIANA JOBS Bill Cassidy Voted for The House Republican Budget For FY 2014. In March 2013, Bill Cassidy voted for the House Republican budget for FY 2013. [CQ Floor Votes, 3/28/13] The budget resolution was adopted, 221-207. [H Con Res 112, Vote #88, 3/21/13] The Republican Budget's Tax Plan Would Hit Louisiana With A $1.0 Billion Middle-Class Tax Hike. The Republican budget would dramatically lower the top income tax rate from 39.6% to 25% - giving millionaires an average $245,000 tax break. The independent Tax Policy Center found that it is mathematically impossible to provide such large tax breaks to the wealthy without increasing the burden on the middle class. By raising taxes on filers making less than $200,000 to pay for millionaire tax breaks, the Republican budget would raise middle-class taxes in Louisiana by $1.0 billion. [TPC, 8/1/12; CBPP, 3/17/13; IRS, accessed on 3/18/13] Middle Class Families Would Pay On Average $3,000 More in Taxes, Under Ryan Budget. An analysis of the Ryan budget by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concluded that "to fully finance the tax cuts for people with incomes over $200,000, filers with children and incomes under $200,000 would see their taxes go up by more than $3,000 on average, even with the ambitious reductions in tax expenditures for high-income households that TPC examined." [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/17/13] Passage Of The Republican Ryan Budget Alone Could Cost Louisiana 28,962 Jobs. The Republican budget would pull hundreds of billions of dollars out of the economy by slashing job -creating investments in things like infrastructure and scientific research, killing demand, depressing economic activity, and hurting job creation. The drag caused by these extreme cuts could cost 28,962 jobs in Louisiana in 2014. [DPCC Calculations Based on EPI, 3/12/13]




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