Mary Landrieu on Principles & Values

Democratic Sr Senator (LA)


1996-97: ten-month investigation over voting irregularities

In that 1996-97 period, a U.S. Senate election contest [took place], a real doozy in Louisiana between Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican Woody Jenkins. The U.S. Senate itself--even more than state courts--is one of the places where decisions can be made about who becomes a U.S. Senator. Right there in the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section IV, it says, "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members." In the Landrieu case, she won by nearly 6,000 votes.

Jenkins claimed widespread irregularities in the election. For ten months, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate investigated Landrieu's alleged involvement in alleged shenanigans. Landrieu kept her Senate seat.

Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 35-36 , Sep 16, 2010

Voted with Democratic Party 84.7% of 321 votes.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Democratic Party 84.7% of 321 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, “US Congress Votes Database” , Sep 8, 2007

2002 election: Bill Clinton salvaged black vote

In late 2002, Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was on the ropes in her attempt to win reelection. Worst of all for Landrieu, the young Senator had alienated her African American base, the key to victory for any Southern Democrat. In order to keep more conservative white Democrats in line, Landrieu had stressed how often she had voted for Bush administration goals. This helped attract suburban whites, but at the price of alienating urban black voters.

At her most vulnerable moment, Landrieu's deus ex machina descended in the form of Bill Clinton, who used his unique standing in the African-American community to make phone calls that galvanized church leaders. Landrieu squeaked into reelection with 41,000 votes. In New Orleans, where 63% of registered voters are black, Landrieu's margin of victory was a decisive 4 to 1.

Source: Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrell, p. 41-43 , Feb 25, 2004

2002: Invigorated campaign with old-style Bush-bashing

By becoming a Bush-bashing old-style Democrat, Landrieu invigorated her campaign. Many yellow-dog Democrats who stayed home on November 5 were now proud to pull a lever for Landrieu on December 7.

The Democrats had no message to sell on November 5. As Carville put it: "We've got to stand FOR something. No one made the case." To her credit Landrieu had learned the fundamental lesson of the midterm election: Democrats were not going to get elected by not criticizing George W. Bush.

Source: Crossroads, by Andrew Cuomo, p. 21 , Oct 14, 2003

2002 re-election: Dems need not concede the South to GOP

When recalling election night 2002, as the dismal election returns came trickling in, television commentators dubbed elections "Black Tuesday" for Democrats--friends of Landrieu were losing everywhere. The GOP was making a clean sweep. Landrieu recalled "They were moderate Southern Democrats like myself. For a flashing second I thought that maybe I too was doomed."

And win Landrieu did--quite decisively. She garnered 53% of the vote compared to Terrell's 48%. Her reelection punctured the conservative myth that the Democratic Party should concede the South forever to the Republicans. Despite Herculean efforts by the Bush administration and other conservatives, the Democrats in Louisiana held on to a Senate seat and also gained a GOP-held congressional seat. A Democrat with the right moderate message and independent personality CAN win.

Source: Crossroads, by Andrew Cuomo, p. 16-17 , Oct 14, 2003

Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Catholic.

Landrieu : religious affiliation:

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Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH11 on Nov 7, 2000

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

Landrieu signed the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.