Landrieu launches first TV commercial

Sen. Mary Landrieu is planning to launch her first television advertisements Wednesday for her 2014 re-election bid.

Landrieu, a third-term Democratic senator, is a critical target of a Republican Party that is eager to retake control of the Senate after the 2014 midterm elections.

Politico, of Washington, D.C., first reported the campaign’s television launch. Landrieu declined comment, although her office stated an announcement was coming on Wednesday.

Landrieu is outpacing her top opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, in fundraising. But third-party, private conservative groups, such as Americans for Prosperity and the Judicial Crisis Network, have attacked Landrieu on the airwaves in recent weeks, especially over her support for the Affordable Care Act.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee described her ad launch as an attempt to hide from the fact that tens of thousands of people in Louisiana are losing and having to update their private insurance plans because of “Obamacare.”

“No amount of paid television ads can change the fact that Landrieu lied to her constituents about Obamacare,” NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring said.