Landrieu Fights For Her Political Life By Sounding Like A Republican
[su_right_ad]Mary Landrieu believes the only way she can hold on to her seat in the U.S. Senate is to sound like a Republican.
The two lawmakers locked in the Pelican State’s competitive Senate runoff election seized control of the congressional agenda Wednesday by extracting assurances from House and Senate leaders that votes will be held to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who will face each other in a Dec. 6 Senate runoff, have championed construction of the pipeline, which would transport oil from tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The project is backed by the oil industry, a major player in Louisiana’s economy and politics, and is widely popular among state residents.
Not only does Landrieu support the pipeline, she wants it passed now.
“I don’t think we necessarily need to wait until January,” she said Wednesday afternoon, shortly after top leaders formally reconvened the Senate…
The sudden decision to hold votes means that both chambers could be racing on Thursday to authorize the pipeline first, allowing either Cassidy or Landrieu to rush home and take credit.[su_csky_ad]