WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 – Louisiana’s 2014 Mid-Term race is one of the most interesting. Not only for the state’s unique candidacy format that allows multiple candidates per ticket, but also the candidates.
Mary Landrieu (D) has held onto the Louisiana senate seat since 1997 but she has a formidable challenger in retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness (R) who is running as a GOP Republican. Landrieu is Louisiana’s only statewide elected Democrat official.
In this fall’s mid-term hers is one of the most vulnerable Democratic seats.
One of Maness’s most direct challenges against Landrieu has been her residency status. Landrieu uses her mother’s New Orleans address in Louisiana as her residency address.
However the Senator’s home is Washington, DC despite the fact that she “technically” is a co-owner of the home. Landrieu recently appeared in court regarding her residency status following a lawsuit filed by State Rep. Paul Hollis (R-Covington) alleging that she is not a state resident.
Judge Wilson Fields in dismissing a lawsuit challenging her residency ruled not that the Landrieu is a resident of Louisiana, but that the residency requirement was only impacted by Landrieu’s residency on the day of the election.
The Times Picayune reports that Fields said:
“It is not legally relevant whether Landrieu lives in Louisiana now, as the plaintiff, a Republican state lawmaker, had asserted in his complaint.
“Your suit is premature because of what the Constitution states,” said Fields, who said the plaintiff would have to wait until after Election Day to lodge a complaint about Landrieu’s residency. The judge did not address the question of whether Landrieu was a resident of the state.”
“The issue with Landrieu is that is about being accountable to the law,” Col. Maness says from his Louisiana office. The Maness family lives in Louisiana, including their 9-year-old special needs child.
“Landrieu moved to DC in 1997 and has lived there for more than 18 years. Her children go to school there, visit their pediatrician there, she shops, eats and lives in DC. How can she possibly be aware of how Louisianan’s biggest issues – economy, jobs, education, small business development, Obamacare, border surge – are being affected by policy created inside the beltway.”
Maness feels that Louisiana needs a change so that it can be seen as the great state that it really is and a part of that change is to change the Peoples Representative in DC.
“I have visited all 64 Louisiana Parishes, putting more than 75,000 miles on my Ford F-150, and I have spoken to the people, and know what their message to DC is.”
Col. Maness will be Critical Conversation’s host Lisa Ruth’s guest this evening at 6:30pm Eastern on Blog Talk Radio. You can listen to the show here.
Prior to the broadcast, Communities Digital News spoke to Col. Maness and asked for his response on the following issues:
Louisiana residents key issues includes economic vitality, health, education, crime, society and government.
“I oppose Common Core. The bottom line is, and I am a parent of 4th grader that is special needs, greater control by the Federal government is not the answer to education. Parent and teacher empowerment over education is. The movement to get Common Core out of Louisiana was started by parents, and grandparents, the people raising our youth.
We need to remove Common Core — look at workforce development. Workforce development teaches work skills, not educating young people so they are ready to enter the workforce. The Chamber of Commerce thinks Common Core will create workers, but that is not the same as educating people.
Education needs to educate children to succeed in Louisiana. Education needs to build skills for the 21st Century.”
“We released our Working for Us plan under our #SolutionsForUs program that focuses on unleashing our energy sector to create jobs and cutting the red tape to free up small business in oil and gas, restaurants, and tourism – three key areas of employment in Louisiana.
We have overregulation that keeps small businesses from reaching the number of jobs they can create. They are burdened by the expense to create a job, stopping them from making new employment opportunities.
Another effect that Washington has on Louisiana jobs is the border. There are 42,000 illegal aliens presently working in Louisiana, yet our young African-Americans and Veterans are suffering from record high unemployment.
We need small businesses to be able to create those entry-level jobs that will provide a path to career positions that allow Louisianan to prosper. We need to reform the rules for able-bodied workers who have non-violent offenses as minors so that they can find work, without these offenses having to be reported on applications 30 years later.
We want to support families in the workforce and make sure we have a tax code that treats families fairly, lends stability to women in the workforce, and enforces the Equal Pay act of 1963. We need to invigorate small businesses so that they can create jobs that lead to productive lives for the people of Louisiana.
All these starting steps will help us out of the stagnation we appear to be in as a state.”
“We can break some news in that I am releasing my doctrine for Keeping America Safe, not only for Louisiana, but a plan that during this time of severe international turbulence, is more than a plan or proposal, that is guided by more than political partisanship.
We need to bring America back to meaning something. We need to Say what we mean, and mean what we say, not just draw red lines.
We cannot ever underestimate the enemy, which we have even though we have had long-term intelligence and open source information, including social media, that has been telling Washington this threat was growing.
We fought ISIS in Iraq and then walked away.
As a retired service member, military action is the last resort but I agree with Paul Ryan and Ronald Reagan in that our enemy should not lack a clear understanding as to what our resolve is and that we will do anything necessary to protect the United States here and abroad.
This takes a President and fully engaged congress that are working as one as to any decision to use force, risk American lives. There is a bond between the policy makers and the American people that is being ignored through political partisanship.
The United States of America domestic political arena and the folks involved must remove partisan politics from our military decisions. During the IRAQ war, the Democrats over politicized the issue, even though there was overwhelming support for the war from both sides of the aisle.
Now Republicans are over politicizing the war and as a senior officer I see that the President has made some serious mistakes leaving America at risk. We are not clear as to who we are as a country nor who we are arming following Benghazi.
We need to stop the politicization of our security and soldiers’ lives. We need to get our international security reestablished and we have to strike against this imminent threat was a show of strength and unity.
One other issue Congress needs to get behind is that enemies of the US, even if they are Americans, cannot return to the US. If a person, man or woman, take up arms against the US they simply cannot return. Ever.”
“Obamacare’s effect on Louisiana is primarily economic. And it is hurting the very people on the economic spectrum that was supposed to be helped.
When I go around the state I talk to the small business owners in oil and gas, fishing, restaurants, and tourism and they have a consistent message… they are not able to create jobs because they cannot afford the government fees and taxes, particularly from Obamacare and they cannot take on the uncertainty of the employer mandates associated with Obamacare.
We are seeing higher premiums across the board, not the promised $2500 saving per family. We need to save Louisiana from government healthcare.
Landrieu voted for Obamacare without reading it, and she votes with the president 97% of the time voting to fund it over and over again. Louisiana wants free market concepts and the freedom to reform the free market system so we can address these issues.”
Colonel Maness was active at the time of 9/11 and at the Pentagon on that fateful day. He will be joining editor in chief, Lisa Ruth and political editor, Jim Picht on the CommDigiNews Hour, live this Thursday, 9/11 at 6:30pm.
Colonel Maness will be talking about 9/11, the threats being posed by ISIS to America today as well as how he wants to impact life for Louisiana and Veterans, which he identifies as one of this countries greatest resources.