WASHINGTON — The out-of-state attacks against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and her support of the Affordable Care Act continued Tuesday with the Republican National Committee launching new radio advertisements in Louisiana.
The new RNC ads follow those of a string of third-party groups fighting against Landrieu and working to promote Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, in the 2014 Senate race. A new super PAC is being formed to support — but not coordinate with — Cassidy.
The Americans for Prosperity group, of Virginia, co-founded by the billionaire, activist Koch brothers, David and Charles, of Koch Industries, is launching a new Louisiana chapter after already spending more than $2 million targeting Landrieu.
Also running in the 2014 Senate race are state Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Mandeville; retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a Republican from of Madisonville; and Libertarian Brannon McMorris, of Denham Springs.
The new Republican National Committee commercial aimed at Landrieu and a handful of other vulnerable Democrats takes a New Year’s theme.
“So what’s your New Year’s resolution? Here’s one you can keep: Resolve to keep Sen. Mary Landrieu honest in 2014,” the radio version of the ad states. “President Obama and Sen. Landrieu said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under Obamacare. They lied to you — big time. PolitiFact called that the ‘lie of the year.’ Millions will lose their insurance — and their doctors.”
Americans for Prosperity is running similar commercials targeting Landrieu for that “lie.”
The Landrieu campaign has countered the senator wrote legislation to fix the insurance cancellations once she realized more than 90,000 people in Louisiana were slated to lose their insurance plans that did not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum standards.
“As a result, the president issued guidance allowing states and insurance companies to renew individual health plans for another year. Now in Louisiana, nearly all policyholders who might previously have experienced a potential insurance cancellation will be able to keep their plans,” the Landrieu campaign said.
Landrieu campaign manager Andrew Sullivan said, “The out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers are back with yet another grossly misleading attack ad.”
The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic political action committee, has targeted Cassidy in attack ads and blamed him for last year’s temporary government shutdown and for backing cuts to programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
On the other side, a super PAC recently was formed by Cassidy’s former chief of staff, Josh Robinson, who did not respond to phone and email messages Monday. Robinson also co-founded the RedPrint Strategy firm, of Virginia, that played a critical role in the successful campaign of new Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz.
Such super PACs cannot coordinate with campaigns, but they can still spend unlimited dollars in support of or against candidates.
As for Americans for Prosperity, Phillip Joffrion will lead the group’s new Louisiana chapter. Joffrion previously worked as the campaign manager for former Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia.
“Sen. Landrieu has had more than three years to determine the obvious — that Obamacare is a disaster for Louisiana — but she continues to double down on her support for this burdensome law,” Joffrion said in the announcement of the new chapter.