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Landrieu says taxpayer-funded flight a mistake

4 years 10 months 4 days ago Wednesday, August 13 2014 Aug 13, 2014 August 13, 2014 5:56 PM August 13, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jason Newton

BATON ROUGE - Senator Mary Landrieu found herself with some explaining to do regarding a chartered flight she took across the state last November that was paid for with taxpayer money. Her staff calls it a mistake but others are saying she should've known better.

Senator Landrieu mistakenly used government money to pay for a chartered flight while campaigning. The plane took her from New Orleans to Lake Charles for a fundraiser. Her office said it was a simple mistake although it is a violation of federal law.

"To my knowledge, no one is suggesting this is anything more than a mistake in accounting," said Bob Mann, political analyst. "I don't know how this could be made into a scandal."

Landrieu said the vendor accidentally billed over $3,000 for the trip to her Senate office instead of her campaign office.

Congressman Bill Cassidy is running against Landrieu for her senate seat. He wasted no time pouncing on the error.

"As a taxpayer, I'm upset," Cassidy said. "It is the responsibility of her office to make sure this is done correctly, not the vendor."

Cassidy is now calling for complete transparency from the Landrieu camp.

"If there's no other then great," Cassidy said. "If there are, then we need to know."

Mann worked with former Senator John Breaux and was in charge of invoices. He said these types of mistakes can happen.

"If she's going to be attacked for essentially an accounting error then those attacking her better make sure they've never made accounting error either," Mann said.

Mann said he doesn't think this will sway any undecided swing voters one way or the other. He thinks bigger issues will be the deciding factor when voters go to the polls in November.


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