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GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

1 year 11 months 1 week ago November 12, 2014 Nov 12, 2014 Wednesday, November 12 2014 November 12, 2014 4:34 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.

The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep her seniority on the committee that oversees the nation's oil and gas industry.

While she will no longer serve as the committee's chair in the GOP-led Senate in the next Congress, Landrieu has campaigned hard on her place as the committee's senior Democrat - and Cassidy's inability to get a seat on the panel as a freshman senator.

But McConnell told The Associated Press that he'll appoint Cassidy to the committee if he wins the Dec. 6 runoff.

The runoff is Saturday, December 6th.

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