Maness Attacking Cassidy Over Landrieu, Still No RPEC Endorsements

Col. Rob Maness, the Madisonville conservative who is eyeing Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) senate seat, has been attacking Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the likely Republican challenger, more than Landrieu ever since Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) was ousted from his House Majority Leadership role thanks to newcomer Dave Brat.

Analysis from sources of the political press releases by the Maness campaign show that since the beginning of June, Maness has attacked Cassidy eight times, while only attacking Landrieu twice.

Maness has been portraying Cassidy as a “Cantor clone” on immigration reform and policy, saying that the two are “two peas in a pod.” Then again, later in the month, Maness said Cassidy was a “carbon copy of Cantor” when it came to immigration.

Again, Maness pulled out an attack on Cassidy on amnesty just a few days ago saying:

“Congressman Cassidy deliberately mischaracterizes amnesty in order to avert attention from his liberal stance on immigration, and that should concern all those looking for an alternative to Senator Landrieu because she supports the same thing,” Maness said.  “Amnesty is giving citizenship to those who broke our laws to enter our country.  Louisianans understand that, and I will always oppose amnesty.”

While pitting Cassidy as a copycat of Landrieu on immigration issues, Maness never actually exclusively attacked Landrieu alone in June. This trend was quite similar last month, with Maness attacking Cassidy three times and Landrieu twice.

In May, Maness attacked Cassidy on the Veterans Affairs scandal, saying “Bill Cassidy has only condemned the failures and said we should ‘clean this mess up.’ But he has failed to offer real solutions.” Though, in that same attack, Maness said Landrieu had not even acknowledged the scandal.

What is interesting, is that the attacks by Maness on Cassidy clearly are not impressing the Republican Parish Executive Committees (RPEC) across the state. Jefferson Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Rapides Parish RPEC’s have all endorsed Cassidy, which comes as a blow to Maness considering many of the committee members are conservative/libertarian, Tea Party grassroots-types.

Here’s the analysis in full from sources close to the Hayride:

Total Attacks:

Cassidy:    40

Landrieu: 40

May 2013

Cassidy: 2 | Landrieu: 5

(Landrieu is just a rubberstamp for Obama.  Portrays Cassidy as a liberal)

May 14, 2013

Second Republican Challenges Landrieu for Senate, says Rep. Cassidy cannot beat her

“Rep. Cassidy is a nice man and a loyal Rove Republican,” Maness said, “and that is the problem. A Rove Republican can’t beat Mary Landrieu.”  (Full version of

May 15, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund sends email alert about the Maness for Senate campaign

“The Republican establishment has recruited moderate Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Unfortunately, Cassidy has a dismal 63% conservative rating from Heritage Action for America and has supported a number of liberal policies during his time in Congress.

In fact, Cassidy voted to …

  • Fund the implementation of Obamacare this year
  • Increase the debt limit by $2.4 trillion
  • Create the “Cash for Clunkers” program
  • Force taxpayers to bail out the federal highway program
  • Expand corporate welfare through the Export-Import Bank
  • Increase the Trade Adjustment Assistance welfare program
  • Give farm subsidies to people with incomes over $250,000 per year

June 2013

Cassidy: 4 | Landrieu: 3

(Starts touching on gun-rights and begins spinning Cassidy’s vote to pass the budget.  Begins comparison campaign, but not “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary” yet)

June 5, 2013

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Need to be Fixed

if Bill Cassidy has his way, you go to prison. That’s right. You’re a straw purchaser – you bought the gun for someone else. And under legislation he said he would support, you would have committed a felony and exposed yourself to imprisonment.”

“And Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu and President Obama think the most important thing they can do for us in Washington is to make it illegal for you to buy a gun for someone else, even your own child.”

“I believe politicians like Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu go to Washington with good intentions. Then, they see how the game is played – never let a crisis go to waste, always have some new magic proposal ready to solve every problem, compromise is king…”

“But that is not the core issue with Cassidy’s two-pronged idea.  The core issues are, do we want to have people’s guns taken away because they see a doctor and when are we going to focus on the criminals (the ones that actually do the law-breaking) instead of law-abiding citizens?”

“No, what Obama, Landrieu and Cassidy want is yet another list of the law-abiding.”

“I don’t need liberals or compromisers like Bill Cassidy to make these decisions for me.”

June 10, 2013

Bill Cassidy, Against Obamacare before he was for it

“Bill Cassidy is one of those members who likes to inveigh against Obamacare even as he votes to fund it in the spending bills.  He likes to take digs at the IRS, even though he declined to join the effort to defund their Obamacare office.”

June 25, 2013

Maness Praises Rep. Fleming and Scalise for Voting Against the Farm/Food Stamp Leviathan

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Bill Cassidy voted in favor of the nearly trillion dollar legislation. Louisianans don’t want a federal government that controls more of their lives and takes up more of their hard earned money, and they deserve a Senator who shares that philosophy.”

June 28, 2013

Deadline: July 30th

“He is for making lists of law-abiding gun owners and forbidding friends and family members from selling or giving guns to each other. So is she. She is for expanding government control over health care. So is he. She supports the food stamp-laden Farm Bill and so does he.”

“Whatever the issue – bailouts, raising the debt limit, taxes, jobs, flood insurance, the environment – Big Government Bill Cassidy would rather stand with Mary Landrieu and the Washington establishment than with you. He has no fire in the belly. He doesn’t want to do anything in the Senate; he just wants to be something – a senator.   But chasing a title isn’t  enough to beat Mary Landrieu. Cassidy can’t be trusted to build the sophisticated, forward-looking statewide campaign it’s going to take to defeat Landrieu.”

If we leave it up to Bill Cassidy, we get the top-down, Washington-knows-best “solutions” that have created our current mess.  We get more of the same. We get a vote that almost always will be indistinguishable from that of Mary Landrieu.”

“With Rob Maness, we will get a vote to stand up for working people, to devolve power over health care, transportation and other issues back where they belong – the state level. We will get a vote for the Second Amendment and fiscal reform and a simpler tax code and real reform – as opposed to the gimmicks proposed by Cassidy and Landrieu – to deal with flood insurance.”

July 2013

Cassidy: 0 | Landrieu: 0

(No Discernable Attacks; Focuses on himself, national affairs, endorsing others and criticizing establishment)

August 2013

Cassidy: 3 | Landrieu: 6

(Comparing.  Attacks Landrieu on Abortion and mentions her real-estate scandal)

August 15, 2013

Maness offers comparison to Landrieu, Cassidy

“The mainstream political establishment wants to spoon-feed voters the Parties’ choices, but the people know better,” Maness said.  “Louisianans are tired of lip-service politicians who lack any clear ideology except to win elections.  When voters see the clear similarities between Sen. Landrieu and Congressman Cassidy compared to my constitutionally principled positions, they can decide on their own who best embraces their values and who will represent their interests in the Senate.”

August 22, 2013

Cassidy on Obamacare funding:  Will he or won’t he?

“Bill Cassidy clearly doesn’t understand the enormous cost of Obamacare or the threat it poses not only to American workers and families but to the economy as a whole.  In times like these, we need leaders, not politicians.  He’s either for Obamacare or he’s against it, and if he’s against it, he shouldn’t vote to fund it.

August 24, 2013

“Can’t Commit Cassidy” at it Again

“According to an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate, Cassidy said he has “been a leader” on the issue.  While it’s true that Cassidy has voted dozens of times to repeal Obamacare, his refusal to commit to defunding the broad-ranging healthcare “reform” lauded by Nancy Pelosi and her ilk is hardly leadership.  In fact, Cassidy voted to fund Obamacare in Sept. 2012 (HJ Res 117, Sept. 30, 2012), and stood at a ribbon-cutting in his district for a clinic funded through the bill.”

“As a physician, Cassidy should know better than anyone what Obamacare will do – not only to healthcare but to our economy,” Maness said.  “Just like Mary Landrieu calls herself pro-life but votes with pro-abortion PACs, Bill Cassidy says he’s against Obamacare but wouldn’t vote to defund it.  You can’t have it both ways.”

September 2013

Cassidy: 4 | Landrieu: 1

(September 6 was a Blitz on Cassidy.  Cassidycare enters the dialogue)

September 6, 2013

Cassidy dithers while real decision-makers lead

“It is the most important decision a Member of Congress ever makes, and Bill Cassidy is nowhere to be found.   Does he favor striking Syria for its use of chemical weapons against his own citizens or not?”

“Bill Cassidy never seems quite sure what he would do if elected senator”

“It’s not extremist to know your principles and stick to them. Rob Maness can do it. Bill Cassidy cannot.”

September 6, 2013

Maness Speaks Clearly; Cassidy Hides Behind ‘White Noise’

September 6, 2013

Obamacare causing problems for Republican in Louisiana

“Mary Landrieu was the deciding vote on Obamacare through the Senate but Mr. Bill Cassidy, who calls himself a Republican, authored an almost identical piece of legislation on the Louisiana State Senate. Obamacare, Cassidycare, Landrieucare, whatever you call it, it adds up to the same thing: taking away control of your health care and damaging our economy; destroying your jobs,” Maness said at a Tea Party Express event in New Orleans

While Cruz Leads, Others Dither

September 25, 2013

“Most – including Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy waited in the wings, unwilling to take a stand on your behalf and bowing to the wishes of the White House and Democratic Party leadership.”

“And it’s no wonder that Bill Cassidy – who once introduced almost-identical legislation in the state Senate – lacks the courage to try and correct his past errors.”

October 2013

Cassidy: 4 | Landrieu: 3

(Maness’s comments have become noticeably passive, while his attacks on Cassidy are more powerful)

October 1, 2013

Maness to Conservatives:  Stand your ground on Obamacare

“We have all been lied to by lip-service Republicans who espouse conservative principles but go to Washington and cater to the middle or, worse, to the liberal agenda.  They are no more conservative than our incumbent senator, Mary Landrieu, who cast the deciding vote that implemented Obamacare in the first place.  Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy now denounces Obamacare, but authored a bill that would’ve created a similar program in Louisiana only six years ago.  Thankfully the true conservatives in Baton Rouge – even including some Democrats – shot that down at the state level.”

October 10, 2013

Dear Rep. Seabaugh: Thanks!

“We appreciate that Rep. Seabaugh agrees with what we’ve been saying for several months now: Congressman Cassidy isn’t conservative enough for Louisiana and isn’t strong enough to beat Mary Landrieu,” said James Hartman, communications director for the Maness Campaign.  “Even the Democrats agree with that.  Congressman Cassidy’s record of opposing Obamacare after proposing Cassidycare here in Louisiana, combined with his generous donations to liberals – including Senator Landrieu – will, in fact, hang like an albatross around his neck.”

October 16, 2013

Clearly, Bill Cassidy doesn’t connect with Louisiana conservatives

Clearly, Bill Cassidy doesn’t connect with Louisiana conservatives. He has followed the unpopular establishment leadership on every single continuing resolution and every single increase of the debt ceiling. His vote to support Hate Crime legislation has alienated the all important christian right. Incredibly, it was recently reported that Cassidy donated $500 to Landrieu in 2002; a year in which Landrieu was forced into a runoff before retaining her seat with a victory over former Elections Commissioner Suzie Haik Terrell.

October 27, 2013

What They’re Saying: Bill Cassidy Is Not Up To The Task

The entire article bashes Cassidy.

November 2013

Cassidy: 3 | Landrieu 6

(Ads begin to enter the fray)

November 4, 2013

Col. Maness: Seabaugh’s Call For Unity Is One I Share

“Seabaugh’s announcement came on the same day that a major national news organization revealed a long lost op-ed by Bill Cassidy openly criticizing Ronald Reagan and calling for the election of Michael Dukakis as President. Cassidy has not only voted parallel to Mary Landrieu repeatedly, but donated to her campaign, opposed Gov. Bobby Jindal, and in 2012 supported a liberal California Democrat in his successful effort to unseat a sitting Republican.”

November 12 – 22, 2013?

Independent Poll Shows Maness Gaining Over Incumbents

The poll also showed high favorability for Maness, with 41.6 percent having a “very” or “somewhat favorable” opinion of him.  Landrieu’s favorability was at 49.1 percent, and Cassidy’s barely topped 50 percent.  Only 39.1 percent said Cassidy is doing a good job and 46.3 percent said Landrieu is performing well.

I added this to my tally for both.

November 22, 2013

Maness Condemns use of WWII Atrocities in Political Meme

“As a 32-year veteran of the United States Air Force and the descendant of brave Americans who fought in World War II, I think this is not just inappropriate but offensive,” Maness said.  “While I disagree with the Senate’s decision yesterday and believe Democrats will come to rue the day they restricted the speech of all senators, comparing a political maneuver to the atrocities of fascism so many of our fellow Americans fought valiantly against is out of line.”

December 2013

Cassidy: 0 | Landrieu: 3

January 2014

Cassidy: 1 | Landrieu: 2

(Dates on posts begin to disappear)

January 2014?


“The people of Louisiana deserve to know if Bill Cassidy will stand with failed career politicians like Sen. Mary Landrieu and McConnell, or with the people of Louisiana,” Maness said.  “But as he has been on most issues of national importance, Bill is silent.  I’d like to know his position and I’m sure the rest of Louisiana’s voters would, as well.”

February 2014

Cassidy: 1 | Landrieu: 1

February 2014?

GOP Establishment Highlights The Problem of Washington Insiders

Oddly enough, the same NRSC has remained silent about Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, who definitively flip-flopped on that issue and has flip-flopped on others as well.  Despite that — or maybe because of it — Cassidy enjoys the backing of Washington insiders. “Bill Cassidy flip-flopped on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), but the NRSC has nothing to say about that,” said U.S. Senate candidate Col. Rob Maness (USAF, Ret.; R-LA).  “Bill Cassidy says he opposes Obamacare but he not only proposed parallel legislation in the Louisiana legislature, but refuses to sign a pledge to defund Obama’s disastrous version of the law.”

“Bill Cassidy refuses to say whether or not he would support McConnell.  Perhaps that’s because Bill Cassidy spends most of his time in Washington and is disconnected from the people of Louisiana,” Maness said.

March 2014

Cassidy: 2 | Landrieu: 1

(Maness begins attacking Cassidy’s competence and character)

March 25, 2014

Waiting 33 Days for Bill Cassidy to Say, “I Don’t Know”

“We waited for 33 days,” Maness said, “and we finally got an answer. Not surprisingly, Cassidy gave us a political answer. His exact words: ‘I don’t know.’ That’s the best he can come up with after 33 days?”

“Congressman Cassidy was for TARP before he was against it and was for CassidyCare before he was against Obamacare — (but not before he repeatedly voted to fund Obamacare while he claimed to be against it),” Maness explained. “This is the same Congressman Cassidy who supported Mary Landrieu before he ran against her, who supported Kathleen Blanco over Gov. Jindal, and who supported Michael Dukakis and excoriated Ronald Reagan before claiming the mantle of conservatism.”

March 31, 2014

Maness Stunned by Cassidy’s Elitism and Liberalism

“Apparently, Congressman Cassidy thinks that the people of Louisiana aren’t as sophisticated as he is and as bureaucrats in Washington D.C. are,”

April 2014

Cassidy: 5 | Landrieu: 5

(Mary, Mary Quite Contrary officially launched, becoming a regular topic of discussion for Maness).

April 1, 2014

Maness to Launch “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary” Comparison Campaign

April 7, 2014

Can a Louisiana Tea Partier beat the GOP establishment choice?

“I studied the last two elections that she ran in against Republicans who look very much like my main Republican opponent this time,” Maness told me. “If we get a strong conservative into that runoff, the numbers are going to be closer to that generic ballot question.” The “strong conservative” in his scenario is, of course, Rob Maness. – See more at:

April 9, 2014

Hate Crimes

“According to Sen. David Vitter in 2009, Charlie Melancon was too liberal for LA because he “voted … with (President Barack) Obama to enact Hate Crimes legislation.” But Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu supported the same bill. The bill raises the possibility that our religious leaders could be prosecuted, our churches subjected to federal investigations and businesses forced to violate their principles.”

April 10, 2014

Maness Urges Opponents to Reconsider LFRW Forum

“I encourage Congressman Cassidy and/or any other candidates who refused to participate to re-consider and make themselves available for this event.”

April 24, 2014

You may have seen recent reports that political bosses in the Republican Party are working feverishly to officially nominate Bill Cassidy

April 25, 2014

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

May 2014

Cassidy: 3 | Landrieu: 2

May 8, 2014

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary on Obamacare

May 20, 2014

Col. Rob Maness on Obama VA Scandal: Criminal Charges Needed Where Laws Broken

In fact, Cassidy has donated thousands of dollars to incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), which will make it tough to run against her in a general election, and Democrat Kathleen Blanco. Cassidy mocked Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ronald Reagan in the past and openly supported Michael Dukakis. In addition, he campaigned for TARP and now claims he opposes it, which will make it even more difficult for voters in Louisiana to differentiate Cassidy from Landrieu. “He voted to raise the debt ceiling, was one of 19 Republicans to vote for President Obama’s hate crimes legislation, campaigned in support of the government bailout (but now opposes it), voted for Obamacare Medicare savings (but now opposes them),” Palin wrote of Cassidy. “Come on, GOP, is this the best we can do? I say no. Let’s come together and unite behind conservative warrior Col. Rob Maness – a proven fighter for freedom.”

May 21, 2014

Maness Releases “Freedom for Veterans Plan” to Overhaul Flawed VA System

“Mary Landrieu has not even acknowledged this VA scandal, and Bill Cassidy has only condemned the failures and said we should ‘clean this mess up.’ But he has failed to offer real solutions.  “The truth is, neither Bill Cassidy nor Mary Landrieu served in the Armed Forces and neither of them are familiar with the VA system.  But both of them voted for the Ryan budget just a few months ago that slashed veterans’ retirement, neither has led on VA reform, and both of them will move on when a new story of the day emerges.”

May 23, 2014

Maness: Congratulations, Bill Cassidy!

“Congressman Cassidy is to be commended for picking up this very prestigious endorsement from the NRSC,” Maness said.  “Congressman Cassidy is doing yeoman’s work locking up the support of the core political insiders and national establishment leaders in DC that have played such a major role in stopping President Obama’s agenda and crafting conservative solutions to the problems facing America. His time pressing the flesh in Washington has paid off!” As a congratulatory gift on the endorsement of Cassidy’s hometown Maness sent Cassidy a Washington Redskins hat with a note, “Bill – congrats on becoming DC’s official candidate. Thought this hat might come in handy. Happy to take any Saints or Tigers gear off your hands. See you at the debates! – Rob”

June 2014

Cassidy: 8 | Landrieu: 2

(Eric Cantor’s primary loss provides Maness with some guidance)

June 11, 2014

Cassidy: A Cantor Clone on Immigration and Amnesty Rhetoric not Results

“Congressman Cassidy and Congressman Cantor are two peas in a pod; unable or unwilling to hear the message that their constituents are sending them,” Maness said.  “Louisianans want more than rhetoric on amnesty and they are tired of politics as usual. I stand against rewarding illegal immigrants for breaking our laws, and I reject Washington’s go-along-to-get-along attitude.  We need real leadership from our next Senator, not politicians who are unwilling to challenge the status quo because of how they’ll be perceived on the Washington DC cocktail circuit.”

June 11, 2014

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – Failing on Immigration Reform

June 19, 2014

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – Making Illegals Legal

June 11, 2014

Cassidy: Cantor’s Carbon Copy on Immigration

Congressmen Cassidy, Congressman Cantor, and Senator Landrieu all earned D or D- grades from NumbersUSA for failing to challenge the status quo.  Maness said, “Its becoming increasingly obvious that Congressman Cassidy is not listening to our voices on illegal immigration, just as Congressman Cantor failed to listen to his constituents and so many other Washington DC politicians – like Senator Landrieu – have ignored the will of the American people.”

June 16, 2014

Did Rob Attend a Cassidy Meet-and-Greet?

“But how did Congressman Cassidy play it?  He posted a photo on Facebook implying the event was a “meet and greet” for him.  Cassidy even had the gall to use a photo that showed Rob just a few feet away at his supposed “meet and greet!”

“Will Congressman Cassidy hijack another event that Rob appears at this week?  Come on out and see for yourself:”

June 19, 2014

Landrieu and Cassidy Support Pathway to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

“Sen. Landrieu voted for S. 744 on June 27, 2013, which would allow illegal immigrants to become US citizens (link to vote), and Congressman Cassidy has endorsed the very same idea saying, “once you’ve secured the border, you create a pathway to citizenship where someone may pay a fine, would begin to pay taxes if they are not doing so, … and then they get in the back of the line in the legal process to work through.” (Link to interview).

This interview stands in stark opposition to comments made by Cassidy spokesman, John Cummins, who said Congressman Cassidy opposed amnesty.

“Congressman Cassidy should level with the people of Louisiana,” Maness said.  “He, Eric Cantor, and other establishment Republicans in Washington support amnesty for illegal aliens.”

June 20, 2014

Cassidy on Amnesty: “There Are Different Definitions”

“Congressman Cassidy deliberately mischaracterizes amnesty in order to avert attention from his liberal stance on immigration, and that should concern all those looking for an alternative to Senator Landrieu because she supports the same thing,” Maness said.  “Amnesty is giving citizenship to those who broke our laws to enter our country.  Louisianans understand that, and I will always oppose amnesty.”



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