“Back then, Mary said she was a conservative.” U.S. Rep. BILL Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge
WASHINGTON — The Louisiana Democratic Party on Thursday thanked U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy for making a campaign donation to Sen. Mary Landrieu back in 2002.
Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is challenging Landrieu for her Senate seat in 2014 and his 11-year-old donation of $500 to Landrieu, D-La., puts him in the position of having previously supported his opponent financially.
Cassidy, who was a Democrat well before entering politics, called it a “youthful indiscretion.”
“Back then, Mary said she was a conservative,” Cassidy said in an interview Thursday.
Cassidy mostly has donated to Republicans, including having given money to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., dating back to 2001.
But he has made a handful of Democratic donation in the past, ranging from former Gov. Kathleen Blanco to former presidential candidate Paul Tsongas back in 1992, according to federal campaign records.
Cassidy, 55, said he switched parties years ago because of the demise of “conservative Democrats” and because of his frustrations that grew from seeing inefficiencies and bureaucratic problems getting in the way of patient care as a doctor working in a public hospital system.
In an addition prepared statement, Cassidy took further jabs though at Landrieu.
“Mary claimed she was going to represent Louisiana and not D.C. Then she got elected and fell into partisan politics,” Cassidy stated. “Now she votes with Barack Obama 97 percent of the time and cast the deciding vote for Obamacare. Now she supports anti-energy candidates who are opposed to our energy industry. Louisiana hasn’t left Mary, Mary has left us.”
The only other candidate in the Senate race thus far is retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, of Madisonville, who also touted the news of Cassidy’s donation to Landrieu. Maness is attempting to run further to the political right of Cassidy and is more closely aligned with the tea party movement.
The Nola Defender news website first reported Cassidy’s donation.