In runoff for La. Senate seat, Mary Landrieu’s attack on challenger Bill Cassidy in re his Katrina response backfires

In runoff for La. Senate seat, Mary Landrieu’s attack on challenger Bill Cassidy in re his Katrina response backfires
Where's Bill? (Credit: nola.com)

Any lawyer can tell you: Never ask a question unless you know the answer. That admonition would have spared Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu a severe bout of foot-in-mouth disease on Day 1 of her runoff election for U.S. Senator against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy.

Posing for a photo op in front of the construction site front of a VA hospital in New Orleans that was destroyed during Hurricane Kartina, Landrieu asked:

When this hospital needed a champion to build and rebuild, literally out of the rubble of Katrina and Rita, … where was Bill?

In the video that follows, Landrieu trumpets her own record, referring to herself in the third person, while damning Cassidy as “wishy-washy, unreliable, undependable, not sure who he is, not sure who he was, and not sure who he wants to be.”

It would have made for great optics and might have helped her in a runoff pundits are predicting she will lose if Cassidy hadn’t tweeted back an answer to her question:

The link in his Twitter message is to an article in Money magazine which reveals that at the time of Katrina, he was a medical doctor working in Baton Rogue. After the storm hit, Cassidy took it upon himself to set up a makeshift emergency hospital in an abandoned K-Mart to administer first aid and care for victims.

Back to you, Sen. Landrieu. Next question?

(h/t Daily Caller)

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Howard Portnoy

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Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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