John Neely Kennedy on Government Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)
Landrieu suggested that was an impropriety since Kennedy can decide what projects appear on commission agendas each month. “There’s a lot of talk around Louisiana about how you get on the agenda,” Landrieu said.
Kennedy denied any pay-for-play suggestions, and he said he was glad to compare his record to Landrieu’s campaign contributions, which he said include $300,000 from Wall Street firms and more than $200,000 from executives with collapsed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “Sen. Landrieu criticizing my fundraising is a little bit like being called vain by Donald Trump,” Kennedy said.
“Senator Landrieu’s gleeful celebration of yesterday’s temporary defeat of earmark refor legislation is exactly what’s wrong with politics today--and why Louisianans are fed up with Washington. Reform is carrying the day in our state, and John Kennedy will never stop fighting to bring accountability and sunshine to our earmarking process.”
“Senator Landrieu has a clear, twelve year record in staunch defense of earmarks. We wish her good luck with that. But a Washington politician who refuses to fully disclose each and every one of her earmarks, then doubles down by attacking her opponent for supporting earmark reform is out of touch and on the wrong side of history in Louisiana.”
Kennedy cited additional reasons for not accepting a pay raise including the deal he made with voters when he was elected to take the State Treasurer’s position at $85,000. Kennedy also said his current salary is a small fortune for many Louisianians, and he noted that teachers, school workers and state employees are not receiving raises this year.