The senior Senator from Louisiana is in the news a lot these days. Nationally, both parties have pegged the Boot as a critical state for the Republicans to wrest control of the Senate or the Democrats to cling onto said control. So, Mary Landrieu’s every move seems to be under the microscope. In the last few days, she has received some serious attention stemming from endorsements, and some lighter limelight from a keg stand.
Landrieu started her Monday (9.22) at the Pontchartrain Park Community Center. Led by her brother, Mayor Mitch, a host local leaders offered up their seal of approval for her reelection.
The full list included Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans, Marlin Gusman, Sheriff, Orleans Parish, Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana State Senator, District 5, Austin Badon, Jr., Louisiana State Representative, District 100, Wesley Bishop, Louisiana State Representative, District 99, Walt Leger, Louisiana State Representative, District 91, Jared Brossett, Councilmember, New Orleans, District D, Stacy Head, Councilmember-at-Large, New Orleans, and James Gray Councilmember, New Orleans, District E.
In the afternoon, Landrieu headed to the Red Stick. In Baton Rouge, she picked up additional endorsements from the following pols: Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative, Louisiana’s 2nd District, Sharon Weston Broome, State Senator, District 15, Dalton Honore, State Representative, District 63, Natalie Robottom, President, St. John Parish, V.J. St. Pierre, President, St. Charles Parish, Jimmy Durbin, Mayor, Denham Springs, Robert Myer, Mayor, New Roads, and Chauna Banks-Daniel, Councilmember, Baton Rouge, District 2.
Represenative Richmond said, "We need to make sure that Mary Landrieu goes back to Washington DC. She is a fighter and…at some point, I probably said Mary, 'We’ve got everything we wanted, the [flood insurance] bill’s coming to the floor.' She said, 'We need one sentence added.' I said, ‘I think they’ve already started printing the final bill.’ She said, ‘No, you and I have to put that sentence in [to ensure] that the goal of flood insurance is not only to be reliable, but it has to be affordable,’ and putting that sentence in made a big difference…But, I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t have problems in DC, because all I have to do is to tell anybody in DC when I don’t get my way, I just say, 'I’m going to call Senator Landrieu and have her call you' — and no one up there wants to catch the wrath of our senior senator. But having that clout and having that reputation of being a bulldog from your state is pointless unless you use it for the right reasons, and our senator, she uses it for the right reasons when it’s popular and when it’s unpopular. And that’s what you want in a senior senator.”
On Saturday (9.20) in Baton Rouge, the Tigers suffered a crippling defeat as LSU fell to Mississippi State. Senator Landrieu was on hand for the game. As any purple and gold diehard can tell you, the tailgating in Death Valley is almost as important as the game. So, of course, the Senator explored the quad.
Amidst the is walkabout, Landrieu encountered her first keg stand. No, the Senator did not invert herself to drink beer, but she did help. Landrieu held the nozzle while another man drank the beer, and the crowd chanted, “Mary! Mary! Mary!”
The following photos captured the moment for posterity on Twitter.
No, really. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) poured beer into the mouth of a dude doing a keg stand today pic.twitter.com/RVwkBYt5QR
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) September 21, 2014
Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy was in tow. He wrote the following description of the incident’s aftermath."My first keg stand," Landrieu says, as we walk away. "He wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not—at least not in front of the national press." What if it would've won her some votes? "That's all right—I'm not that desperate."
At Monday's presser, Landrieu commented on critics, "They need to get a sense of humor, and they need to get a life — it’s just the way we roll,”