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The Winning Strategy to Defeat Mary Landrieu (Election still runs hot in Louisiana)
The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2002 | Hugh Aynesworth

Posted on 11/10/2002 12:45:54 AM PST by elenchus

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:58:40 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

NEW ORLEANS The fight for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana may soon get as unruly as a Mardi Gras parade, as unpredictable as the bayou weather, as hot as a Cajun stew. The state won't be the battleground to determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate a much-discussed possibility before Tuesday's Republican landslide but it does offer its own kind of intrigue. Some predict that President Bush's popularity could propel the Republican candidate, Suzanne Haik Terrell, to an upset victory over incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu. Mr. Bush is expected to campaign here for Mrs. Terrell. But others point to the fact that some voters in Louisiana have expressed resentment toward the attempts of outsiders to influence the state's political affairs. Mrs. Landrieu ran against eight other candidates in Tuesday's election, collecting about 46 percent of the vote. Mrs. Terrell finished second, with 27 percent. Louisiana has a unique election system in which there are no primaries. If a candidate does not receive more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Night, a runoff is scheduled between the top two candidates, resulting in Mrs. Landrieu's facing off against Mrs. Terrell in the December 7 runoff. Compounding Mrs. Terrell's electoral chances, Republican Gov. Mike Foster on Thursday refused to support the Republican challenger in her bid to unseat Mrs. Landrieu. Also, Republican Rep. John Cooksey, who finished third with 14 percent in Tuesday's election, has said he will not provide assistance to Mrs. Terrell's campaign. Both men criticized the Republican National Senatorial Campaign for running a "smear campaign" through Terrell television ads. The governor even hinted that he might back Mrs. Landrieu in the race. "I was very put out on the tone of the last election, the negativism," Mr. Foster said Thursday. "If that's the best anybody can come up with," he said, "I'm certainly going to be on the other side. Whoever is the most negative? If it really gets like the last one, I can't be for that, no matter what the stakes are." "The night I conceded," Mr. Cooksey said, "I said I'd endorse [Mrs. Terrell] and that's it. I've done what I've done and that's it." Mr. Cooksey said Mrs. Terrell's election team had urged him to become co-chairman of her campaign for the December 7 runoff, in an attempt to unite the Republican Party faithful. He said he declined the offer. Mr. Cooksey said many Republicans are disenchanted with Mrs. Terrell's candidacy. "I don't even want to tell you what some of them are saying," Mr. Cooksey told the Baton Rouge Advocate. "They are not going to vote for Suzy. Some are going to vote for Mary." But on Friday Mrs. Terrell played down the significance of the defections of her fellow Republicans, saying endorsements don't mean that much. Some of the animosity among Louisiana Republicans was generated by the RNSC's decision to endorse Mrs. Terrell early in the campaign cycle, ignoring some of the other, more socially conservative, Republican candidates. The RNSC also spearheaded a bare-knuckled television campaign attacking Mrs. Landrieu right up to the closing days before Tuesday's election. The New Orleans Times-Picayune termed the TV ad campaign a "$3 million blitz." Silas Lee, a longtime New Orleans pollster, said he was not surprised by the governor's position. "He's always been an independent player," Mr. Lee said. "I'm sure the Terrell position now is, 'OK, if you won't endorse me, I'll call out some of my other friends, like George W. Bush.'"


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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu can be defeated using the following strategy:

1. What is extremely rare, if not unique, is the fact that the citizens of Louisiana will have the opportunity to decide AFTER THE ELECTION whether they want to elect a Senator who is part of the majority (Republican) party in the Senate, or is part of the minority.

2. The advantage of being part of the majority party is that the Senator has far more influence over legislation and the return of funds to the state. Right now, Louisiana other Senator is a Democrat, which puts the state at a great disadvantage in the new Republican Senate.

3. If Louisiana elects Landrieu, they will have both Senators in the opposition party, and will be in a very poor position for Senate power and Committee seats.

4. The special opportunity they have is to elect a Republican and greatly increase their power and influence.

5. Prior to the election, there was no telling who would win, but now that the composition of the Senate has been decided, they have a chance to choose with certainty whether their representative will be part of the majority.

6. If employed properly, this could be a deciding factor in the election.

7. If you have contacts in the Terrell campaign or the Republican leadership, please convey this opportunity to anyone you can. The Republican leadership should also deliver a very clear message to Republican Gov. Mike Foster that he will destroy his political career if he sabotages this opportunity. That he would even contemplate abandoning Landrieu is an outrage.

8. The people of Louisiana would have to be out and out fools to knowingly choose to have a representative who will be ineffective in representing their interests in the government.

1 posted on 11/10/2002 12:45:54 AM PST by elenchus
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To: elenchus
When you're only up one run in the 8th inning, it isn't a good idea to spend a lot of time gloating.

The Louisiana run-off is in December, and I am asking for support for our last "man" at bat, Suzanne Haik Terrell.

Suzanne Haik Terrell, graduate of Loyola University Law School, former New Orleans City Council member, first Republican woman to hold statewide office (as Elections Commissioner.) Since taking office in 2000 she has achieved many of her goals, cutting the bloated Department's budget by canceling contracts, streamlining operations, and downsizing the Department's spending practices and personnel.

"We will never create a culture in this country that honors life until we have a pro-life woman making the case every day from the Senate floor. Today there are no pro-life women in the Senate. That must change. Louisiana can change it."--Suzanne Haik Terrell

Please send a contribution by credit card on-line or mail a check if you cannot personally volunteer time.

Link to www.suzieterrell.com

Suzanne Haik Terrell for U.S. Senate Campaign
P.O. Box 44267
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Volunteers can contact campaign headquarters in Baton Rouge at
6554 Florida Blvd., Rm 242
(225)218-8683

2 posted on 11/10/2002 1:22:32 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
You are of course right: we cannot afford to be the least bit complacent.

In fact: It should be the top priority for us all to contribute in every way possible to the defeat of Landrieu. There is no telling what might happen if the Democrats win in South Dakota and in Louisiana: you will recall that we have another New England "Republican" Senator who is contemplating another Jeffords-style betrayal, threatening that if the Republican Senate goes too far in its conservative agenda he will leave the party and support the Democrats. If we win in Louisiana, the Republican majority will be secured even in the event of such a switch.

If by winning in Louisiana we have just one seat to spare, this will have two crucially important benefits:

1. It will suggest to any possible Republican defector in the Senate that there is nothing to be gained (and much to be lost) by stabbing the Republican Senate majority in the back, since Republicans would hold a multi-seat majority and, retaining control, would be in a position to exact retribution.

2. As long as the Republican majority holds by merely a single vote, Republicans will be held hostage to the threat that other prospective Republica traitors in the Northeast will jump ship if Republican agenda appears "too aggressively conservative." In other words, if we win in Louisiana and hold an extra Senate seat as a buffer, such restraints on the Republican majority (especially in judicial appointments) will be removed and we will be free to retrieve America from the Democrat political death grip which has been choking the country for decades.

3. Therefore, Louisiana is "must win" if we are to have a free hand to accomplish our goals and have any hope of saving our country from its vulnerability to a slide into irretrievable moral, intellectual and economic degradation.
3 posted on 11/10/2002 2:29:08 AM PST by elenchus
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To: elenchus
plus her daughters are cute :)
4 posted on 11/10/2002 3:16:00 AM PST by chasio649
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To: elenchus
Foster is trying to blackmail Presisent Bush and has not enforsed Terrell, he wants somethng he is not getting. My respect for Foster has decreased greatly.
5 posted on 11/10/2002 3:23:49 AM PST by gulfcoast6
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To: gulfcoast6
It's time for political hardball with Foster, and someone has to deliver the message loud and clear! There is more at stake here than his political vanity.
6 posted on 11/10/2002 3:27:32 AM PST by elenchus
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To: elenchus; PhiKapMom; Howlin
This is why I thought all that navel-gazing over dumping Lott was a waste of time.
7 posted on 11/10/2002 5:28:44 AM PST by GopherIt
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To: elenchus; patriciaruth; gulfcoast6
I attended a Republican Roundtable in Lake Charles, La. on Friday. This is a once-a-month luncheon of local republican minded people. The guest speaker was a strategist from the Louisiana GOP (first name Jason) and he detailed many of the facts concerning a minority senator in Washington. They, the Louisiana GOP, have several excellent tactics for mobilizing our base and getting the message out. I don't want to detail any here for fear of a "me too" by the demcrats.

One fact that favors us in this runoff is the fact that the election, being held on Saturday December 7, will most likely have a very low voter turnout. Our base of voters on the republican side are more likely to get out and vote than the Democratic base... I am very excited about the prospects of Terrel unseating the Hillary wanna-be.

Two peas in a pod.

Landrieu recently announced she was firing her Washington based set of campaign advisors. Her strategy is to do it the Louisian way (her description of the new strategy). During her 1996 election defeat of Woody Jenkins, that meant having dead people vote. A good article on the past election is located here http://americasfuture.net/1997/apr97/97-0427a.html

8 posted on 11/10/2002 5:30:13 AM PST by alligator
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To: alligator
First, your Republican Roundtables need to meet more often than monthly! ;>)
Second, to the extent that the GOP is getting a bad rub for 'attempts of outsiders to influence the state's political affairs': I've heard that Bubba has already paid a little visit to NO [I'll try to confirm that this week]. You need to watch the opposition like a hawk. 'Louisiana Way' is a smokescreen.
9 posted on 11/10/2002 5:45:12 AM PST by GopherIt
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To: elenchus
There is no telling what might happen if the Democrats win in South Dakota and in Louisiana: you will recall that we have another New England "Republican" Senator who is contemplating another Jeffords-style betrayal, threatening that if the Republican Senate goes too far in its conservative agenda he will leave the party and support the Democrats. If we win in Louisiana, the Republican majority will be secured even in the event of such a switch.

Not only that but--God forbid--a Republican senator from a state with a Rat governor die in office.

10 posted on 11/10/2002 6:25:38 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: patriciaruth
http://www.suzieterrell.com/

BTTT
11 posted on 11/10/2002 6:50:02 AM PST by Roscoe
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To: elenchus
Most excellent post bump.
12 posted on 11/10/2002 6:56:46 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine; elenchus; Roscoe; patriciaruth; OldPossum; GopherIt; alligator; gulfcoast6; ...
Russert just announced that there will be a debate between Suzanne Haik Terrell and (RAT) Sen. Mary L. Landrieu during next week's Meet da Press.

Should be good...

13 posted on 11/10/2002 7:12:00 AM PST by Libloather
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To: elenchus
Hopefully, these angry Republicans will not be so selfish that they are willing to allow Louisiana to suffer because they are angry at the process. If they do, as Sen. Smith did in New Hampshire, and not support or help the Republican candidate, they will find themselves very unpopular in the next election.
14 posted on 11/10/2002 7:33:52 AM PST by ODDITHER
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To: ODDITHER
Boy, wouldn't you just love to hear what is really going on behind the "closed doors" of the Dem Party.

It now looks like the Party of "perfect" ladies and gentlemen.

Fool me twice, shame on me!!

15 posted on 11/10/2002 8:00:33 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: elenchus
Senator Landrieu supports the "Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women" (CEDAW). Despite its benign title, this is the bill intended to impose radical feminism globally through the fascists UN.

This woman has got to go.
16 posted on 11/10/2002 8:39:14 AM PST by Search4Truth
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To: ODDITHER
It's not Louisiana that's going to suffer--it's the conservative agenda and the fate of our country that's at stake in the election
17 posted on 11/10/2002 8:41:46 AM PST by elenchus
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To: elenchus
Foster's in his second term as governor and doesn't have any further political ambitions. Difficult to imagine what Bush or anyone else could do to play hardball with him. He's independent enough that any attempt would probably backfire.
18 posted on 11/10/2002 8:44:10 AM PST by kms61
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To: GopherIt
Thanks for reminding me about Bubba and his movements. His Royal Prickness is in the Bay Area today honoring a church for its 150 years anniversary.

It is a black church, of course, in San Francisco. Amos Brown, a pulpit radical if ever there was one, is the "Reverend" for this place.

Should be a real party goin' on there later. I wonder of Bubba is gonna hit North Beach or go smoke crack in Oakland, do a couple drive-bys?
19 posted on 11/10/2002 8:56:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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