This years U.S. Senate race hasnt exactly shaped up as an exchange of ideas and plans, at least not yet. Incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, opened the contest by showcasing her successes on earmarks, an issue that challenger John Kennedy, the states Republican treasurer, has railed against.
While Landrieu argues earmarks are a way to deliver jobs for the state, Kennedy calls them pork barrel spending. Earlier in July, the two campaigns traded barbs over fundraising numbers. Eager for a win any win Kennedys campaign released second-quarter figures to the media that claimed to top Landrieus. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, Kennedys numbers contained an error $89,000 in donations was incorrectly reported as the result of an obscure discrepancy. Landrieus team wasted little time pointing out in press releases that she out-raised Kennedy $1.54 million to $1.45 million. The latest rhetorical volleys came last week, when Kennedys campaign lashed out at Landrieu for raising money with the help of gun-grabbing liberal Mike Bloomberg, the formerly Republican mayor of New York who was also formerly registered as a Democrat before dropping party labels altogether last year. The Times-Picayune reported that Bloomberg was scheduled to host a fundraiser on July 30 for Landrieu at the mayors Manhattan townhouse, with an admission price of $1,000 per person. Kennedys campaign noted Bloombergs anti-gun and pro-gay marriage stances. Alford