“Barack Obama’s agenda has been awful for the American Family… and Senator Landrieu supports that agenda 97% of the time,” Congressman Bill Cassidy (LA 06) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) in an interview earlier today in Ruston. That remark was in response to the question of why he is running for for the U. S. Senate, and against incumbent Mary Landrieu.
Cassidy said that agenda has hurt Americans because it has “taken (away) their choice of healthcare,” and is “hurting their ability to get a good job with good benefits.” He added, “If she wins, the Senate continues to be a rubber stamp for this agenda that’s hurting the American Family.”
Cassidy said he is best positioned in the state to beat her, and feels duty bound to try.
Said Cassidy, “I’ll give up my congressional seat – that’s the risk you take – the greater goal is I am not going to be passive as this president and this senator who supports him 97% of the time, I think does things which are incredibly harmful.”
Cassidy, 57, came to Louisiana from Illinois at ten months of age, when his father went to work in one of the petrochemical plants along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge’s Tara High School, and got his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School.
He was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006, and won his Baton Rouge-based congressional seat in 2008.
Cassidy credits his love of the state and interest in politics from reading at an early age A. J. Liebling’s book, The Earl of Louisiana. That book chronicled Louisiana Governor Earl Long’s final years in Louisiana politics.
Asked why he entered politics later in life, Cassidy says he often counsels young people who want to be involved in politics to “have a life first.”
Said Cassidy, “People will respect you more, and your judgements will be sounder if you’ve actually had to live under the laws that others have passed, and you’ve actually had to make a living and make decisions.”
Landrieu has held public office continuously since 1979.
Cassidy acknowledged Landrieu’s support in the past from some in Louisiana’s business community because of government “earmarks.”
Said Cassidy, “Senator Landrieu is related to people by blood, marriage, and government contracts.”
But Cassidy thinks that since the earmark process has been significantly curtailed since 2010, her ability to garner support from that practice will be also diminished.
Qualifying for the Tuesday, November 4 election is August 20-22, Early voting will be from October 21 to October 28.