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ELECTION 2008: 7-15-08 Sen. Mary Landrieu Endorsed for Re-Election by 68 Louisiana Mayors
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 10:27am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: STATE POLITICS 12:30pm 7-15-08  The race for Louisiana's senate seat on Capitol Hill is definately on, as Sen. Mary Landrieu's camp today sent out a press release saying Sen. Landrieu has been endorsed by 68 mayors across the state.

According to the Landrieu release, citing the battles she has fought and won on behalf of the people of Louisiana, the mayors argued that the state cannot afford to give up her tenacity, effectiveness and bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate.  

"I am so proud to have the endorsement of so many of our mayors," Sen. Landrieu said.  "Our mayors fight tirelessly for our communities, investing the time and energy it takes to improve the lives of those they represent.  It is an honor to stand with all of you as I fight for the opportunity to serve Louisiana for six more years in the U.S. Senate."

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover cited Sen. Landrieu's tenacious fights for Barksdale Air Force Base and for northwest Louisiana's schools and hospitals. 

"It is my pleasure to stand here today with Senator Mary Landrieu and to wholeheartedly and unequivocally endorse her in her campaign for re-election," Mayor Glover said. 

"In the Senate, she has fought for our military men and women and their families at Barksdale Air Force Base, and she has led the effort to make Barksdale the permanent home of Air Force Cyber Command," Glover adding, "She has secured millions of dollars for our schools and hospitals.  She always takes on the right battles for Louisiana, and we need to keep her in the Senate for another six years."

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy spoke after Mayor Glover and cited Sen. Landrieu's courage and bipartisanship as well as her commitment to Louisiana values as reasons Louisiana cannot afford to lose her seniority in Congress.

"Sen. Landrieu has exhibited courage and bipartisanship throughout her career and has a desirable propensity to work within the 'vital center' while maintaining adherence to Louisiana values on issues of ethics and morality," Mayor Roy said. 

The Alexandria Mayor further said, "She makes us proud as our senior senator from Louisiana.  That notion of seniority is paramount to consider at this time.  Given the momentous changes in leadership in our delegation, seniority has never been more highlighted for the continued effectiveness of efforts on behalf of Louisianans." 

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo highlighted Sen. Landrieu's fight on behalf of Louisiana's businesses and the state's economy.  He also said that now is not the right time to lose Sen. Landrieu's effectiveness in the Senate.

"Senator Mary Landrieu has been a tireless fighter on behalf of the people from every corner of Louisiana," Mayor Mayo said.  "In Monroe, we can always count on Senator Landrieu to fight and win for our businesses and our communities." 

The Monroe Mayor continued, "Louisiana and the nation have too many challenges in the next few years to leave our essential Senate seat in the hands of someone new.  I will work with Sen. Landrieu in the next few months to make sure we do everything we can to show Louisianians what she has done for the state and why we need to send her back."

Mayor Betty Westerchil focused on Sen. Landrieu's tenacity and her fights on behalf of Fort Polk and the communities surrounding it.  Sen. Landrieu has led the fight for Louisiana's military families, Mayor Westerchil said.

"Nobody fights harder for Louisiana's military families and veterans than Sen. Landrieu," Mayor Westerchil said.  "She has done so much for Leesville and for Fort Polk, and we need to make sure she is in the Senate for another term so that she can continue to fight on behalf of the state.  Leesville and the rest of Louisiana need someone in Congress that we can turn to in times of need.  Every time we ask Sen. Landrieu for help, she fights for us."

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