It’s a good thing U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy isn’t a U.S. senator, a least not yet — even though he wants to be one.
If he were a senator, he’d be guilty of breaking a Senate rule — one that his ideological running buddies have mocked his opponent for going out of her way to observe.
Cassidy, a Baton Rouge physician, filed the papers Wednesday to officially declare his candidacy for the Senate in this fall’s election. He’s the best-financed Republican challenger to the incumbent, Democrat Mary Landrieu.
The Louisiana Democratic Party pointed out Thursday that a Cassidy campaign video posted on YouTube in November includes C-Span 2 footage of a Senate floor vote. Senate rules prohibit the political use of TV footage of official Senate proceedings.
That’s true, but the rules apply only to members of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate said Thursday.
Landrieu knows the rules, possibly because she was dinged by a Republican complaint early this year that one of her campaign videos included footage from a news conference that was arranged with the support of her official Senate staff. When she wanted to include her testimony from a Senate committee hearing in another campaign video, she re-enacted the hearing so she could put her comments out there without committing a violation.
That led Keep Louisiana Working, a conservative political group, to cut a commercial ridiculing Landrieu for her stage-acting.
That’s the same organization that filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission last week over Landrieu’s violation of another rule: The one that prohibits the use of her official taxpayer-financed Senate account to pay for charter flights to political events.