Team Landrieu’s third official TV spot of the cycle is going for more or less the same message as her second one released in mid-April, but through an ever-so-slightly different strategy. She wanted the Senate Energy chairmanship so badly exactly for the purpose to which she’s now putting it: To tout her position of national power as an asset to Louisianans and particularly Louisiana’s expansive energy sector, and make it the highlight of her campaign to distract from her ObamaCare vote. Her previous advert was all about her directly calling out President Obama for his weaksauce energy policies (the better to differentiate herself from him and his current unpopularity), and this one features a Republican businessman personally vouching for her pro-energy chops to accomplish that same goal for her — because, when it comes to energy at least, she needs to convince her red-state’s oil-and-gas industry that she’s practically a Republican herself:
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has released a new campaign ad that touts the support of a Republican in her state.
The 30-second ad is narrated by Boysie Bollinger, a ship builder in Lockport, La., and notes Landrieu’s influential position as chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“I have over 3,000 employees, and even though I’m a Republican and don’t always agree with her, Louisiana can’t afford to lose Mary Landrieu,” Bollinger says through a Louisiana accent. “She’s chairman of the Energy Committee, the most powerful position a person can have for Louisiana.”
Update: Well. I shouldn’t think it’s any wonder that this particular Louisiana Republican supports Mary Landrieu. Just sayin’, from last September:
The Coast Guard Wednesday awarded a $250 million contract to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport to build six Fast Response Cutters. The contract will keep 1,200 people employed, according to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who helped secure the funding in the 2013 Homeland Security spending bill.
“This follow-on award will continue to provide hundreds of jobs for our employees and our Louisiana supplier network,” said Chris Bollinger, president of Bollinger Shipyards. He thanked Landrieu for securing the funding.
His father, Boysie Bollinger, a Louisiana Republican leader and CEO and chairman of the family operated shipyard, broke with his party earlier this year to endorse Landrieu’s 2014 re-election bid.