Bill Cassidy was assured by the Republicans that he will have a seat in the energy committee, on one condition: Cassidy should defeat Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democratic candidate. The election will take place in Louisiana, next month. Cassidy will most probably undercut one of Landrieu’s main arguments for the re-election.
Landrieu has talked about many times about the importance of her seat in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the importance of her being re-elected for the fourth term. She said that she is the most prepared to represent a state with a rich oil and gas industry.
Landrieu will no longer be the Republican’s committee chair in the senate in the next Congress, but she is campaigning hard for her place as the senior Democrat in the committee. She also argued the fact that Bill Cassidy is too young to get a seat on the panel.
Landrieu attacked Bill Cassidy, dismissing him because she believes he is too young to represent the committee and the state of Louisiana:
“The question is, do you want somebody on the committee or do you want a rookie that has no seniority and is likely to not even get on the committee.”
But apparently Bill Cassidy has his back covered, because Mitch McConnell, who is the Senate Majority Leader said that he will save a seat for Cassidy in the committee if he wins the December 6 runoffs against Landrieu.
McConnell made an official statement saying:
“I’m confident Dr. Cassidy will use this position to succeed where Sen. Landrieu failed.”
McConnell is referring to the Keystone XL pipeline and also to Obama’s efforts in placing a new restriction on carbon emissions.
“Louisiana will have a senator that will use his clout to support energy jobs, not President (Barack) Obama.”
The December 6 runoff election occurs because neither Bill Cassidy nor Mary Landrieu gathered more than 50% of the votes in the multi-candidate election in the state of Louisiana.
The Republicans support Cassidy, while the National Democratic Party decided it will not provide support for Landrieu in the runoff election.
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