Mary Landrieu is facing a tough day on Tuesday. The long-time incumbent is up for re-election and the balance of the Senate might be determined by this race. Among other challenges for Landrieu, there have been concerns raised about her residency as she owns a $2.5 million home in Washington D.C. but is registered to vote at her parents home in New Orleans.
Landrieu’s comments to Chuck Todd of NBC News seem to highlight the fact that she is more connected to Washington D.C. than she is with her constituents in Louisiana. She claimed that Obama is not popular in the South because of Southerners tend to be racist.
“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
She then doubled down on her insult and stated the South is also a challenging place for women as they face obstacles “presenting ourselves.”
This invited sharp criticism from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who released a statement and then took to Twitter to combat Landrieu’s insults to Louisianans.
“She appears to be living in a different century,” he said in a statement. “Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it.”
Obama’s policies, which Mary supports, are unpopular here, and the other 49 states, because they are ill advised, liberal, and don't work.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) October 30, 2014
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Landrieu faces the very constituents that she implied are racist and sexist on Tuesday. Do you believe they will continue supporting her?
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