Cassidy says Reid runs 'Senate like a plantation'
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is calling on his fellow GOP contender in the race, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, to apologize for saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation."
The quote was reported Tuesday by Environment & Energy Publishing.
Maness, a tea party favorite, says the language was offensive and extreme rhetoric. In a statement, Maness described Cassidy's statement as "over-the-top, out-of-bounds ignorance" that drives people away from the Republican Party.
In a response, Cassidy didn't retract the comment. He says Reid runs the Senate "dictatorially," not allowing votes on items that he doesn't support. Cassidy said: "Any other interpretation of my remarks is a false controversy."
Cassidy and Maness are challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Nov. 4 election.