Bill Cassidy has as much as admitted that he doesn’t know how to lead on matters of concern to the people of Louisiana with comments at a meeting with a business group yesterday, as reported by nola.com.
When asked whether he would support defunding Obamacare, the congressman did what professional politicians are famous for: He dodged and weaved.
“It depends on what you mean by shutting down the government. If you mean that the guys on active duty don’t get bullets, or that their spouses who are stateside don’t have a check to pay their rent, I am not willing to do that,” Cassidy said, according to a NOLA.com report. “But you’re asking me to imagine what a bill looks like, and I can’t do that.”
“Of course no one wants to deprive servicemen and women of their pay and benefits, but to suggest that’s the only option is a cop-out” said Col. Rob Maness (USAF, Ret.), who is challenging Cassidy and Mary Landrieu for Louisiana’s Senate seat in 2014.
Maness said previous “government shutdowns” have protected military funding and entitlement spending.
“I lived through government shut-downs as a serviceman. I know what I’m talking about. Hiding behind the liberal argument that ‘shutting down the government’ will leave people starving in the streets and soldiers without basic supplies is patently absurd, and it’s a way to hide from a tough vote on a difficult issue.”
Maness and Sen. David Vitter have both signed the Senate Conservative Fund pledge to defund Obamacare and continue the fight to repeal what amounts to one of the largest tax increases in history. Only yesterday, RedState Publisher Erick Erickson revealed a letter from Delta Airlines to its employees outlining the $100 million cost of Obamacare to that company alone, and the anticipated changes in employees’ benefits.
“We already know where Mary Landrieu stands on Obamacare, and it’s not with the people of Louisiana,” Maness said. “Bill Cassidy clearly doesn’t understand the enormous cost of Obamacare or the threat it poses not only to American workers and families but to the economy as a whole. In times like these, we need leaders, not politicians. He’s either for Obamacare or he’s against it, and if he’s against it, he shouldn’t vote to fund it. As Congressman Paul Ryan said at last year’s Republican Convention, we need people who want to do something, not just be something.”