Yep: Reid handing off the Senate Energy chairmanship to Landrieu

posted at 12:41 pm on January 16, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is one of those handful of red-state Democrats liable to welcome all and any help they can get in disclaiming and/or distracting from ObamaCare’s blackballed attentions in their reelection bids this fall, and as I mentioned last month, the deliberately orchestrated and probably imminent departure of Sen. Max Baucus to the ambassadorship to China was rather a timely boon for her.

Louisiana just happens to be the seventh-ranked oil producing state in the country, and the subsequent musical-chairs reshuffling of Senate committee assignments meant that Landrieu was probably headed to the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee — all the better to raise a campaign-oriented rumpus around energy issues that, most helpfully, have nothing to do with ObamaCare.

She needs the help, and Harry Reid is ready to give her the electoral VIP treatment, reports Bloomberg:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will do just about anything to help Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. …

He is set to promote her to be chairman of the Senate energy committee, where Landrieu can mind her state’s oil and gas interests. …

“There’s hardly a leadership meeting that goes by that that question isn’t raised: How will this impact the 2014 class?” Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said in an interview at the Capitol yesterday. …

Reid’s elevation of Landrieu on the energy committee is all the more remarkable because she has been an opponent of the White House drive to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and a supporter of the $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline, a project that has outraged the party’s environmental wing. …

Landrieu, who’s never won more than 52 percent of the vote and is being attacked back home for her support for the 2010 health-care law, is seizing the opportunities Reid has given her. …

The Energy chairmanship is a great platform from which she can very vocally differentiate herself from the Obama administration in a way that is particularly important to Louisiana without having to talk about that pesky crowning legislative achievement of theirs: Stalling on natural-gas export permits, reduced offshore-drilling permitting, and the Keystone XL pipeline are all ways to take the White House to task and come across as a conscientious dissenter (Obama took less than 41 percent of Louisiana’s vote in 2012) — as well as reap campaign donations from one of the few industries in this economy that’s really flush with cash right now, hem hem.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., joined Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in urging President Barack Obama on Wednesday to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline.

“We think the time has come for the administration to make a decision,” Baird said during a meeting with reporters in the senator’s Washington office. He said Landrieu’s support for the project is important, particularly in the Senate Democratic caucus where some are pushing the president to turn down the project. …

A reporter asked Landrieu whether the president would be helping her with her challenging 2014 re-election race by giving the go-ahead for the project. …

“The facts are pretty clear, this should be done because it creates jobs, it is smart, it is safe,” said Landrieu, who contends transporting the gas is more safely done via pipeline than by truck or rail.


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Now that she’s committee chair, will the energy companies now fill her campaign coffers?

WordsMatter on January 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Landrieu is toast…

OmahaConservative on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

So the Biggest Sl*t in Louisiana just got a Plum Chairmanship??

Who says the World’s oldest profession isn’t worth it?

ToddPA on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Wise choice, as Landrieu is the best person to get the transcontinental pipeline approved and built. She can drive a golden spike at the grand opening ceremony on the Canada-South Dakota border.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

If Louisianians fall for this they deserve her…

sandee on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Why would anyone, even in the energy business, care who heads the committee? It’s not like the Senate actually passes any legislation anymore. All they do is hold hearings and go blah, blah, blah.

Tom Servo on January 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Note to the GOP: Start demanding action on Keystone XL.

Heads: GOP wins.
Tails: Landrieu loses.

blammm on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Play it, over and over.

Send the scumhag into oblivion, er retirement. Nothing short will do.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Wow, she’s been wanting that for years. What a shame that she will have so little time before the GOP takes control of the Senate and she finds her worthless ass jobless and back in New Orleans!

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Throw the biatch out – the people didn’t want the travesty, you cow.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Festival! Festival!

Oops. Wrong Landru.

Lanceman on January 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Louisiana, make this go around and throw the cow on her ‘butt’.

The doubling-down biatch is out of touch with you and your lives, and deaths.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Proud of the effort have taken in removing the stench of corruption that defined Louisiana politics for my entire life until the last few years. Finish her off coonasses. Bury her career at the 50 in Death Valley!

DanMan on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Wise choice, as Landrieu is the best person to get the transcontinental pipeline approved and built. She can drive a golden spike at the grand opening ceremony on the Canada-South Dakota border.

Yes, but I prefer a spike driven through her re-election campaign.
Maybe laced with garlic, to keep her from returning to (public) life.
Hard to kill off these creatures permanently, after all.

orangemtl on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

“If I would vote for the bill again, I’d vote for it tomorrow”.

Plaster it all over and send the scumhag home.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Mary Landrieu Reid Obama

22044 on January 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

That’s like putting Blanco or Nagin in charge of FEMA.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

62% of Louisianans are against obama’care’.

Be vigilant. Don’t be fooled by the biatch.

She must go the way of Blanche Lincoln, with zero doubt.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

On March 1, 2012, Landrieu voted against a measure that would have repealed a birth control mandate in the health care bill.

In October 2013, she introduced a bill to force health insurance companies to re-issue plans which they have cancelled.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

That’s like putting Cold Cash Jefferson in charge of Treasury.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

A rotten evil woman. Please send her packing, LA!

22044 on January 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

That’s like putting Blanco or Nagin in charge of FEMA.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

On January 18, 2013, Nagin was indicted on 21 corruption charges, including wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering related to his alleged dealings with two troubled city vendors following Hurricane Katrina disaster

With a pedigree like this, I’m surprised that C Ray hasn’t found himself a job within the Obama administration.

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

This is like giving my son a $200,000 Ferrari after he has failed his driving test.

redguy on January 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

McConnell should start running ads in LA saying that if they replace her with a Republican, that person will be on his short list to head the Energy subcommittee.

Kafir on January 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

WordsMatter on January 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

She already has more than enough to spend on re-election. This is more about keeping the shipbuilders and workboat owners and coastal areas in her camp. She already has support from some majors in that offshore biz sector.

Kermit on January 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

McConnell should start running ads in LA saying that if they replace her with a Republican, that person will be on his short list to head the Energy subcommittee.

Kafir on January 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

That almost suggests some sort of quid-pro-quo with Louisiana voters. A kind of bribe!

Well, I don’t know where you get the idea that Louisiana voters can be bought this way but it is downright appalling!

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

She already has more than enough to spend on re-election. This is more about keeping the shipbuilders and workboat owners and coastal areas in her camp. She already has support from some majors in that offshore biz sector.

Kermit on January 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m sure she’ll throw in something for the sugar cane farmers too- just to sweeten the deal. (pun intended)

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Lousyana just can’t say “NEAUX” to Moonbrats.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

She ONLY PRETENDS TO BE FOR THESE THINGS. She donates to other candidates who undermine her energy position so everything gets blocked!

She’s the typical worst of the worst politician.

aniptofar on January 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Wise choice, as Landrieu is the best person to get the transcontinental pipeline approved and built. She can drive a golden spike at the grand opening ceremony on the Canada-South Dakota border.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Canada doesn’t have a border with South Dakota. Did you mean North Dakota?

Steve Z on January 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why would anyone, even in the energy business, care who heads the committee? It’s not like the Senate actually passes any legislation anymore. All they do is hold hearings and go blah, blah, blah.

Tom Servo on January 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I suppose it’s to give her a higher profile, so that the folks in LA will overlook Obamacare objections and vote her back in.

rickv404 on January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Steve Z on January 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Google “Landrieu” + “South Dakota.” Scratch that–I’ll do it for you: Here you geaux.

I notice you missed the allusion to Obama’s “transcontinental railroad” gaffe.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Landrill baby drill?

Steve Z on January 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

s/b “intercontinental pipeline”

LOL. Whoops.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Simple, Republicans.

Promise to give that seat to David Vitter when you win the Senate.

itsspideyman on January 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Promise to give that seat to David Vitter when you win the Senate.

itsspideyman on January 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Brilliant!

Lanceman on January 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I suppose it’s to give her a higher profile, so that the folks in LA will overlook Obamacare objections and vote her back in.

rickv404 on January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Louisiana politics are all about “what you can do for me.” The chairmanship is just lagniappe to suggest that voters really need to keep her in the Senate since she has an important energy committee job.

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Lipstick on a pig…

cajunpatriot on January 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

How did Dingy Harry (D-Harrahs NV) reach Miss Piggy (D-Harrahs LA) ?

Her phone is always busy?

viking01 on January 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Bull rinks usually have plenty of manure lying around, and the political bull ring is no different. I give you Mary Landrieu as Exhibit A.

MTF on January 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

and if the R’s gain control of the Senate, LISA MURKOWSKI will be chairMAN . . .

williampeck1958 on January 16, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Oil isn’t going to save Landrieu’s political ass as long as King Barack tells Harry Reid what to do.

GarandFan on January 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Harry gave Miss Piggy the Energy Chair job because of her experience with methane emissions.

NoPain on January 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Obama won’t damage his lunatic creds by allowing the pipeline. Miss Piggy will be allowed to waddle up and down and make noises, but pipeline, no.

virgo on January 16, 2014 at 9:10 PM