What do you do when you’re a Democratic senator facing reelection during a tough year in a very conservative state?
Brag about standing up to President Barack Obama.
A new ad by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) features TV clips of her going after the Obama administration’s oil and gas policies, spliced with footage of Louisianans who appear to be energy workers in the state. The ad is running statewide with a buy of $250,000 this week, a Landrieu campaign source told TPM.
“The administration’s policies are simply wrong when it comes to oil and gas production in this nation,” she says in one clip. In another, she says there are 300,000 oil and gas workers in Louisiana, and “you can’t just beat up on them.” Landrieu chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Watch the video, uploaded to Landrieu’s YouTube account. Her campaign’s summary of the clip reads: “‘Will Not Rest’ highlights Sen. Landrieu’s efforts to stand up to the administration in order to fight for Louisiana, and protect and strengthen our energy industry that supports 300,000 high-paying jobs.”
In December, amid Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, Landrieu released an ad distancing herself from the White House, in which she insisted she has “urged the president to fix” the law.
The Republican candidate who is considered likeliest to win the nomination and take on Landrieu in November is Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).