Brutal Ad: Mary Landrieu’s tireless representation of her true home town

posted at 8:01 pm on September 2, 2014 by Guy Benson

This spot from American Crossroads might leave a mark (see update):

That ad would be pretty devastating even in the absence of last week’s revelation that Louisiana’s senior senator doesn’t own a residence in the state she purports to represent.  Mary Katharine highlighted one of the most telling passages from the Post’s residency scoop (how fitting that this story broke in Landrieu’s actual hometown paper); candid statements from her own “neighbors” and supporters:

“I don’t think she lives there,” said Fontaine Wells, 65, pointing at the Landrieu home. “She might come visit, but come on now — she lives in D.C. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her.”  Still, Wells added, “I don’t hold that against her…” Michael Fitzgerald, 61, has lived around the corner from the Landrieus for three decades.  “They’ve been very good neighbors,” Fitzgerald said. “On Election Day, [Mary] is seen at our polling place accompanying her parents.” He added, “I have not seen her lately. . . . She’s been in the Senate for — I’ve lost count — 16 years? 18 years?”

Fitzgerald hasn’t seen her lately because she doesn’t live in his state.  She lives in a multimillion-dollar Capitol Hill mansion where she and her husband live very comfortably, even in the face of the occasional tax penalty.  “I really can appreciate the life that we live on the Hill,” she gushes in the ad, which runs through a litany of steps Landrieu has taken to improve her home community.  Tossing in glowing praise from former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, thrown out of office by voters amid scandal, twists the knife further. Gray describes Landrieu as, “the senator representing the District of Columbia ’til we become the 51st state of the United States!”  If one is ably representing the liberal bastion of cronies and profligacy known as Washington, DC, one is not ably representing the values of Louisianans.  The house flap comes on the heels of a recent kerfuffle in which Landrieu was forced to repay taxpayers for an inappropriate campaign-related flight on a private jet.  Full Beltway.  Mary Landrieu votes with President Obama 97 percent of the time, enthusiastically casting the deciding vote for Obamacare…while savaging the law’s opponents as ‘pathetic liars‘ for accurately predicting its outcomes.  Her main opponent is Rep. Bill Cassidy, a medical doctor who’s provided underprivileged Louisianans with healthcare throughout his career.  Also in the race is retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, who has filed an official complaint against Landrieu over her residency issues.  The state features a “jungle primary”-style system, so in the fairly likely event that nobody receives 50 percent of the overall vote on election day, the race will be decided in a December run-0ff.  Such an eventuality would almost certainly pit Landrieu against Cassidy.  I’ll leave you with a campaign note from perhaps the only Senate Democratic incumbent who’s endured a rougher few days than DC Mary:

After receiving an blistering letter from the lawyer of the family of a sexual assault victim, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is taking down a controversial TV ad criticizing his Republican opponent. It is the first ad run by a Senate campaign to be pulled this cycle. Begich’s campaign released a TV spot last week that faulted Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the state’s former attorney general, for the early release of a sex offender who has been charged with the death of an elderly couple and the sexual assault of a two-year-old.  Bryon Collins, the attorney for the victims and their family, said that Begich’s campaign did not receive permission from his clients before running the ad. He said they tried to contact his clients, who did not return their calls. “You are tearing this family apart to the point that your ad was so shocking to them they now want to permanently leave the state as quickly as possible,” he wrote Monday in a letter to Begich. “You[r] campaign is playing pure politics at the expense of my clients, and frankly has done only what is in the best interests of ‘Mark Begich’ rather than protecting the victims of the most serious crime in Alaska history,” he continued. The attorney’s letter also expressed concern that Begich’s ads could hurt the case by spoiling the jury pool.

Sullivan’s campaign — which has pointed out that the sentencing problem at issue occurred before he took office in 2009 — has also pulled its own response ad.  Team Begich dragged a grieving family into a political campaign, playing fast and loose with the facts, without seeking permission from said family to do so.  Pure class.  Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently faced similar criticism over launching a specious attack that highlighted a rape case…without even notifying the rape victim first.

UPDATE - It appears that YouTube has pulled the ad due to a copyright claim from Fox News. The spot includes a short clip of Brit Hume discussing Landrieu scoring an earmark for DC. No word on whether Crossroads will retool the clip or post it elsewhere. In the meantime, I’ve included the fill transcript below:

Narrator: For years, she’s appreciated life on Capitol Hill.

Landrieu: “I really can appreciate the life that we live on the Hill.”

Narrator: Secured an earmark for DC schools.

Hume: “Senator Mary Landrieu sponsored an unusual $2 million for District of Columbia schools after receiving $30,000 in campaign contributions.”

Narrator: Delivered funds for her neighborhood.

Bill Press: “Our Capitol Hill neighbor, Senator Mary Landrieu, who did more than anybody else to help provide the funding that established this Hill center…”

Narrator: Earned the praise of DC lobbyists.

Lobbyist: “She lives on Capitol Hill and has dedicated lots of efforts to make Capitol Hill a better place to live.”

Narrator: And the support of her Mayor.

Gray: “Senator Landrieu, the Senator representing the District of Columbia until we become the 51st state of the United States!”

Narrator: Mary Landrieu, for Washington.

Landrieu: “The District of Columbia, which is about 650,000 people — I want to speak on their behalf.” … “I really can appreciate the life that we live on the Hill.”

Oof.

UPDATE II – Vimeo has it:

American Crossroads: Landrieu for Washington from American Crossroads on Vimeo.


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Gee… thanks loads FOX…

djl130 on September 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

liveleak no longer shows beheadings either, so i’m not surprised.

renalin on September 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

They should also show her mansion in DC in the ad as well.

matthew8787 on September 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Perfect running mate for Killary, they both know what it’s like to suffer through such calamities as losing a favored maid, finding their oysters in ice gelee not prepared correctly, and having to deal with tourists from flyover-land wandering through their upscale neighborhoods.

Bishop on September 2, 2014 at 8:09 PM

This spot from American Crossroads

Karl Rove. Meh.

Bitter Clinger on September 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Repeal the 17th amendment!!!!

Buckshots on September 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Article V States Amendment Convention. Now or Never!!!!

Buckshots on September 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

If you’re Mary Landrieu, you’re squealing at this ad, all the way home.

TXUS on September 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Karl Rove. Meh.

Bitter Clinger on September 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Find someone on the hard Right who can make ads that good, and we won’t nned Karl Rove.

Until then… wow…!!

JohnGalt23 on September 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Gee… thanks loads FOX…

djl130 on September 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Good point, DJ ! One would think that Fox News, who might want to see Queen Mary Quite Contrary dethroned, would let slide a snippet from one of their newscasts without getting upset about copyright issues. How many Dem ads quote MSNBC hosts and Arianna dahlink without them worrying about copyright issues?

After all, how many people watch Fox News for a fraction of the cost of Basic Cable? Wouldn’t Fox News want some of their broadcasts to reach people who don’t normally watch Fox News?

Steve Z on September 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

video no longer available due to copyright claim by fox news ?!?!
wish I had seen it before

dmacleo on September 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

After receiving an blistering letter

Cholish ? EEEbonix ?

burrata on September 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

One would think that Fox News, who might want to see Queen Mary Quite Contrary dethroned, would let slide a snippet from one of their newscasts without getting upset about copyright issues.

Steve Z on September 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Protecting their brand. They need to demonstrate an effort to do so, or legal efforts to do so in the future could get dicey. Or so I am told…

JohnGalt23 on September 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Miss Piggy will be retired and can stay in the District of Corruption.

Atilla on September 2, 2014 at 8:35 PM

huh vimeo one wasn’t showing when I commented

dmacleo on September 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I don’t know, maybe you ladies could chime in, but if you looked like her, would pink be a smart fashion choice?

Doesn’t it just scream, “Oink, Oink”?

TXUS on September 2, 2014 at 8:38 PM

In regard to begich, democrats are always doing that. Right here in River City a few years back, a bridge collapsed and the democrats couldn’t wait to blame it on the Tim Pawlenty and the repub legislature. In reality they don’t care about anyone unless it scores political points. See the movie The Giver and it will remind you of the liberals utopian dream, especially the part where they kill a baby outside the womb because it didn’t meet standards and put the elderly to death and call it something else. Oh and the only people allowed to lie are the people in charge.

crosshugger on September 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

In his time, he wasn’t called a “magnificent bastard” for nothing.

formwiz on September 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Who’s gonna see it?

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Oof.

Yup.

Find someone on the hard Right who can make ads that good, and we won’t nned Karl Rove.

Until then… wow…!!

JohnGalt23 on September 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Yup.

itsnotaboutme on September 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Hey, give her a break, after all her father’s name is MOON!

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Even if she’s voted out we’ll still be stuck with her. Think she’ll ever leave DC? Hell no. She’ll just become a lobbyist.

Chowderhead123 on September 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Having been a resident of Louisiana from 1960 to 1967 (age 9 to 16), I’d be pi$$ed. But a lot of those coon-a$$es (yeah, I can say that) don’t know, don’t care, and wouldn’t give a $hit if you told them.

Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, finally throw the b!tch out. We’ll see in November.

Always remember Huey Long, Edwin Edwards, that NO mayor during Katrina, and so many other fine examples of La. politics.

Infidelius on September 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Vid is dead.

Midas on September 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Update works. :)

Midas on September 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Deliciously brutal.

Jaibones on September 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

So… outside of *us*, who’s going to see this? Is this another great ad which will only be run on the internet and seen by GOP voters, or might this one actually make it with a TV buy?

Midas on September 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

LOL. But the dems in Louisiana will still vote for her. They can’t stop themselves. They’re sheep.

Rational Thought on September 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

So… it’s Karl Rove’s position that it’s bad when Democrats do this but great when Republicans do it?

Is that about right?

tetriskid on September 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Top vid, no longer available. Please update.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Thanks, didn’t see the update.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Never mind. Tell Fox news to bite me. Vimeo sucks.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Maybe Landrieu can hook up with Warren and run in 2016.
Warren can tell stories about all the years she lived on a reservation back home.

GarandFan on September 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Mary Had a Landruse

Mary had some DC land, her street was paved with gold
She lives in Louisianan, so the people were told
Does Mary love DC more, the eager voters cried
It appears that way, so it seems, waiting for her reply

Buckshots on September 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

American Crossroads has large ad buys on TV across the state for September and October.

Louisiana is still a TV ad state more than youtube one. Evening news is a good time to run these ads

Kermit on September 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Maybe Landrieu can hook up with Warren and run in 2016.
Warren can tell stories about all the years she lived on a reservation back home.

Vote for a Cajun and an Injun. Two Juns are better than Nuns.

Buckshots on September 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Being an unqualified hack doesn’t seem to have a negative effect on female liberal incumbents. How Pelosi gets reelected time and time again is mind boggling.

MT on September 2, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Landrieu is your average liberal.
No more. No less.

Closet Optimist on September 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

One would think that Fox News, who might want to see Queen Mary Quite Contrary dethroned, would let slide a snippet from one of their newscasts without getting upset about copyright issues.

Steve Z on September 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Protecting their brand. They need to demonstrate an effort to do so, or legal efforts to do so in the future could get dicey. Or so I am told…

JohnGalt23 on September 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Yes, exactly.

Obviously, Vimeo asked permission and got it, while LiveLeaks or whoever posted the video on YouTube did not.

Isn’t it easy and simple to understand? There are sometimes cases when Fair Use should apply but to prove it in court would require time and money and the election is getting closer by the day. The suit probably couldn’t get docketed before Election Day.

So much easier to ask the owner’s permission.

Adjoran on September 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Isn’t it easy and simple to understand? There are sometimes cases when Fair Use should apply but to prove it in court would require time and money and the election is getting closer by the day. The suit probably couldn’t get docketed before Election Day.

So much easier to ask the owner’s permission.

Adjoran on September 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

You don’t have to prove it in court. Lots of companies issue DMCA takedowns even for fair use. YouTube mekes it easy for you to get that video back up — by asserting a fair use defense — and that then requires that the copyright holder take their assertion to court — against you. If your usage really is fair use — which I assert that less than ten seconds of political commentary on an elected official broadcast over the public airwaves is — then any such lawsuit is dead on arrival.

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Two words:
Morally Bankrupt

Landrieu aka DC Mary (LOL!) is a pig, that’s obvious. She’d make a great running mate for Hillary two years from now…not enough lipstick in existence to make those two look good

But this Begich ad broadcasting a FAMILY tragedy without asking the family is as low as it gets.

We know most of these pols have no moral compass, but they’re not even making an attempt to hide it anymore.
Either decide enough is enough and toss these creeps, or stop being so shocked when they do these sort of things.

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 3, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Two words: Blanche Lincoln

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2014 at 1:23 AM

I don’t know, maybe you ladies could chime in, but if you looked like her, would pink be a smart fashion choice?

Doesn’t it just scream, “Oink, Oink”?

TXUS on September 2, 2014 at 8:38 PM

An informal survey:

“Maybe something in desert camo. And no, my pork-trimming comments did not involve Weight Watchers.”–anonymous LTC, Iowa ARNG

“I’d try something with the lipstick.”–Former northern state governor

Barnestormer on September 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM