Sen. Mary Landrieu lists her parents' Louisiana bungalow as her primary residence in the state, raising questions over whether she actually lives in the state. As The Washington Post reported Thursday, Landrieu owns a $2.5 million Washington home that she listed as her residence on a recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. But when she filed paperwork to qualify for the ballot she listed the New Orleans home on South Prieur Street where her parents still live.
As CNN notes, Republicans have already capitalized on the news. Landrieu is one of the endangered red state Democrats the GOP hopes to defeat as it attempts to win control of the Senate this fall. One of her opponents, Rep. Bill Cassidy, sent a fundraising email noting that the allegations aren't shocking "because Senator Landrieu has represented DC values for a long time.” Cassidy owns a home in Baton Rouge and a condominium in D.C.
In a statement, Landrieu countered that she has "lived at my home on Prieur Street most of my life and I live there now, when not fulfilling my duties in Washington or serving constituents across the state." And according to The Post, she along with all of her other siblings, owns a small stake in the property. But neighbors told The Post that they hardly ever see her around. And that adds Landrieu to a growing list of seemingly out-of-touch Washington types, like Texas Rep. Pete Sessions and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts who might also be physically out-of-touch with the communities they represent.
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