By now, you’ve seen this photo of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) assisting an LSU fan with a keg-stand, which is essentially an upside-down drinking game where the participant guzzles as much beer as possible. But just in case you haven’t seen it, here it is:
Landrieu was lambasted over the weekend for the stunt, but the Louisiana Democrat simply said that critics needed to “get a life.”
“They need to get a sense of humor, and they need to get a life — it’s just the way we roll,” Landrieu said in response to a question at a news conference where she and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., exchanged endorsements.
But, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who is challenging Landrieu this November, said Landrieu’s celebration and support of keg-stands is inappropriate for a Senatorial leader, telling the Associated Press (AP) that binge-drinking is nothing to celebrate as it is tied to unruly behavior.
“Binge-drinking is associated with DWIs, with traffic facilities, with death on campuses, with rape of young women, with fistfights,” Cassidy said at an event Wednesday. “It’s not something to celebrate.”
And while some in the state have made light of the incident, mainly because Louisianans love a good time, political figures outside of the state do not find Landrieu’s keg-stand all that humorous.
Former Rep. Mary Bono of California weighed in on the action as well, telling the AP that “Binge drinking and alcohol abuse is a very serious issue, and for Sen. Landrieu to be making light of it and blowing it off for political reasons is irresponsible.”