U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy said Monday he doesn’t think the Republican Party is pressuring Rob Maness and his supporters.
“I would suspect not, but that’s what people say when they’re behind and want some publicity,” Cassidy said as he went to vote early at the Secretary of State’s ArchivesBuilding in Baton Rouge.
Tony Perkins, who heads the conservative Christian group Family Research Council, say party leaders have been pushing him hard to not endorse Maness.
Maness claimed that state party officials have tried to coerce GOP officials and candidates not to back his candidacy and favor Cassidy.
“There is great pressure to do the unprincipled thing and get out of this race, great pressure,” Maness told supporters Saturday.
Cassidy would not say who he voted for in the 6th congressional district race to replace him. But said he backed a constitutional amendment that would give a bonus homestead exemption to veterans rated with 100 percent unemployability.