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Landrieu survives challenge


Some politicos and political journalists are beginning to believe that the GOP feels they only way they can defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen.  Mary Landrieu is to have her removed from the November 4 ballot.  That strategy did not work.

A Baton Rouge state judge dismissed the lawsuit challenging Landrieu’s residency last week after hearing only approximately 45 minutes of discussion on the case.

If the judge found Landrieu could not run, there likely would have been many more lawsuits around the country involving incumbent members of Congress who fall into the same category regarding their residency.

lou BurnettThe GOP likely knew the challenge would not be successful, but were hopeful that the publicity would take some votes away from Landrieu.  But it appears  that the whole scenario was a failure and backfired on GOP candidates U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and tea party favorite Rob Maness.

Ethics complaint against Cassidy

There’s an old saying: “When you point your finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.”  And so the saying has become a reality for Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

He pointed a finger at incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu concerning her travel expenses and her residency.

Now, the American Democracy Legal Fund has filed an ethics complaint against Cassidy with the Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The complaint requests an investigation and possible referral for prosecution into whether Cassidy violated federal and/or state law by filing inconsistent state and federal personal financial disclosure forms in 2008.

The Democracy Legal Fund says its mission is to hold candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations.

It said in its complaint: “As Rep. Cassidy reported receiving differing amounts of income from two different Louisiana state entities on two different forms, an investigation is required to reveal why the congressman inaccurately reported his income on at  least one form.

“If, as it appears, Rep. Cassidy deliberately filed false information on one of his 2008 reports, he should be sanctioned for this conduct by either the House of Representatives or the Louisiana Board of Ethics.”

Are you kidding me?

Some LSU alums and supporters are up in arms over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s appointment of former Republican  U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery to the LSU Board of Supervisors. McCrery was appointed to represent the Fourth Congressional District in northwest Louisiana on the board.

Some opponents of the appointment noted that McCrery is a Louisiana Tech graduate, although he did receive his law degree from LSU in 1975.

But, they add, McCrery has not lived in Louisiana since he retired from Congress in 2008 after serving as the representative of the 4th Congressional District for nearly 21 years.

The critics also view the governor’s appointment to the board as payback.  It was McCrery who actually gave Jindal his start in politics.  Jindal served as an intern in McCrery’s Washington office and McCrery later helped him get a position in state government.

“Surely, Jindal has at least one supporter who graduated from LSU, has supported the university, and lives in the 4th Congressional District who should have gotten this appointment,” one politico said.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.