BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Political analyst Jim Engster reacted on Wednesday to U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy's announcement that he is going to run against incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu.
"On the surface it appears that its Landrieu's race to lose," says Engster. "We haven't thrown out an incumbent U.S. Senator in 80 years. Landrieu has won three times and people are accustomed to voting for her."
Engster says Cassidy is a known commodity and has a legitimate shot at un-seating Landrieu.
"I think 19 months is sufficient when you have $3 million in the bank," says Engster. "He's a sitting U.S. congressman and not a complete unknown. It's hard to be all things to all people and I'm sure Congressman Cassidy will do everything he can to portray Sen. Landrieu, rightly or wrongly, as a wild-eyed leftist who supported Obamacare and inept to represent the people of Louisiana."
The Landrieu campaign did not respond to our requests for a comment but the Louisiana Democratic Party issued this statement in part about Cassidy:
His rhetoric is as empty as his record. He cannot talk about anything he has done or accomplished in Congress because he repeatedly votes against Louisiana.