Mary Landrieu needs to get some friends, and fast, or Louisiana will solidify the Republican majority in the Senate.
When the DSCC pulls out of a race because someone can “go it alone,” usually independent organizations step in to fill the void, if there’s a reason. And according to the Capitol City Project, independent donors are stepping up – just not for Mary Landrieu. In the last week, over $1 million dollars has flowed into Louisiana to impact this race, exclusively from conservative leaning PACs. Her only major pre-election PAC supporter, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has been oddly stingy following the announcement that the race will go to a runoff. And it’s about to get even worse: Republicans have $7 million in broadcast reservations. In Landrieu’s corner: the Humane Society, which has about $101,000 in reserved ad space. And they’ll probably repurpose that ad buy to sell those adorable address stickers you get in the mail every Christmas.
The Senate Democrats think, though, that they might have one last trick to preserve Mary Landrieu: passing the Keystone Pipeline to help boost Landrieu among core constituents who make their living in the oil and gas industry.
Senate Democrats are looking at taking a vote in the lame-duck session starting today to force approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, in an effort to bolster Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances, a party aide said.
The purpose of the vote would be symbolic: To highlight Landrieu’s support for the pipeline and her influence on energy issues in Washington — a centerpiece of her campaign. A vote in favor of the pipeline may benefit Landrieu in her Dec. 6 runoff election, in which she faces Republican Representative Bill Cassidy.
Of course, the Pipeline’s chances of approval are slim before the Republicans take over in January. And, then, of course, there’s the question of whether Mary Landrieu’s influence on energy issues in Washington actually has anything to do with the Pipeline at all. Mary Landrieu has her own PAC, “Jazz PAC,” and it’s given lots of money to people who don’t see the Keystone Pipeline as much of a priority, including Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, newly-minted Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, and California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who not only opposes the project, but once declared that the Keystone Pipeline would cause cancer.
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