Sen. Mary Landrieu will participate in an event on the field of the Superdome before the Saints play
Landrieu lags her GOP challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by double digits in recent polls
Landrieu hit Cassidy with a new ad on education cuts on Monday
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is looking for one last Hail Mary pass to save her increasingly grim reelection prospects, this time on the field of the Superdome before the Monday Night Football matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Democrat, who’s co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, will participate in a a pre-game National Adoption Month presentation on the field before the nationally-televised game begins. It will give her a significant platform to tout her work on the issue as she heads into the final leg of her runoff battle with Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Cassidy is heavily favored in the runoff, however, leading Landrieu by double digits in three consecutive polls. Her reelection chances took a serious blow last week when she was unable to usher a bill approving construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a political winner in oil-rich Louisiana, through the Senate.
But the senator isn’t giving up yet. On Monday she launched a new ad accusing Cassidy of voting to cut school funding to pay for tax breaks for “millionaires like himself.”
“Every morning I say a prayer for my kids,” says Gayle Croxton, a Louisiana mother, in the ad as she’s seen walking her sons to school. “I just want them to be happy and to do their best. Bill Cassidy is a doctor, but he still voted in Congress to cut $86 million from Louisiana Schools to pay for a tax break for millionaires like himself. I don’t know what kind of doctor would do that to my kids.”
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The attack is part of Landrieu’s ongoing efforts to rally the Democratic base to turn out for her in the runoff. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond and her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, all appeared at campaign events for her this weekend, and Sen. Joe Donnelly on Indiana will appear at an event for her Monday.