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  "He didn't want to bother Vance and his family on a Sunday." Kyle Plotkin, press aide to Gov. Bobby Jindal, explaining to the Associated Press' Melinda Deslatte why Jindal hadn't called Vance McAllister to congratulate him on winning the Louisiana 5th District Congressional race the night of Saturday, Oct. 16, or the following morning. Jindal officially endorsed no candidate, but it was widely known that he favored McAllister's opponent, state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia. Both McAllister and Riser, like Jindal, are Republicans. McAllister, a Monroe businessman who had never held elected office, beat Riser handily by winning nearly 60 percent of the runoff vote.

  "I flew down with him. And I waved from the top of the steps. Did you see me with that big smile? Now did I hide from him? Did you see me hide from him? Was I smiling and waving with the president? If I wanted to hide, I wouldn't have been there." — Sen. Mary Landrieu, as quoted in the National Journal, explaining she wasn't trying to duck President Barack Obama by not appearing with him when he spoke in New Orleans on Nov. 8. Landrieu was slammed by some in the GOP for what they said was distancing herself from an increasingly unpopular president, but Landrieu's supporters pointed out she had a longstanding engagement that day in Lake Charles.

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