Louisiana knows the Landrieu family well; Moon Landrieu was mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978 and HUD Secretary in the last two years of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. By the time Moon cleared out his office in early 81, his daughter Mary was already a representative in the Louisiana State House where she would remain until 1988. And when Mary cleaned out her desk, her brother Mitch took over the work of representing the 90th district from his sister. Mary that same electoral year, (1987), ran against only Democratic opposition for State Treasurer and won with about 40% of the vote. She was re-elected in 1991 without opposition. Her shot at Governor in 1995 failed, but she won a US Senate Seat in 1996 and has been there since, coming into the spotlight for her pugnacious media presence in the aftermath of Katrina.

And now in 2014, mere weeks before midterms, she seems to be having a panic attack as she trails Rep Representative Bill Cassidy by about 5% in the polls according to RealClear Politics. That means that campaign manager Adam Sullivan is being shunted into an advisory role and will be replaced by Ryan Berni, who by the way, used to work for her brother Mitch, who by the way, is now Mayor of New Orleans. It is fair to ask then, if Louisiana needs a break from the Landrieu clan and her support of Obama’s policies. Despite trying to paint herself as a tough conservative Democrat, Landrieu’s voting record according to govtrack.us is merely pragmatic, joining or writing bipartisan bills, and is among the most conservative 30% of Democratic Senators …. Ok, so it’s not a remarkable record, and some sources have her voting over 90% with Obama’s proposals in 2013. And earlier in 2009, her support for Obamacare was conditional on a $300 million check being written for Medicaid in the State of Louisiana. Bill Cassidy is also known in Louisiana. The physician, and now US Representative, helped found the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic to provide uninsured residents access to health care. Local,on the ground, and involved. It’s a very different strategy from beltway quid pro quo politics involving $300 million checks written by Washington. With new blood like Bobby Jindal in the Governor’s office, maybe the voters of Louisiana will decide that in the Senate, a change is gonna come.

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