Rob Maness Maintains Challenge to Landrieu's La. Residency

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 07:03 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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A tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he's not finished trying to get the incumbent, Democrat Mary Landrieu, thrown off the ballot for having a fake address in New Orleans.

Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that a local district attorney rejected his latest petition — filed on Tuesday morning — challenging Landrieu's claim that she lives in her parents' house in New Orleans.

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The district attorney in East Baton Rouge, where Maness filed the latest of several residency challenges, "has taken a position that he has no need to do anything else and that we didn't give him enough time," said Maness.

"So, we'll continue to look at our legal options from here," he said, adding that "there's another [residency] lawsuit [against Landrieu] that's been filed by a former candidate that was in the race, and that's another good possible path."

Acknowledging his state's reputation for down-and-dirty politics, Maness said, "Well, it's getting spicy down here, but you know what? It's a typical Louisiana political race, and we've got the momentum, and we're going to go in and win on Nov. 4 — and on Dec. 6 in the runoff if we have to."

The contest in Louisiana puts all of the qualifying candidates, regardless of party, on one ballot. Landrieu is facing two Republicans, Maness and U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy. To win, a candidate must carry at least 50 percent of the vote in November or go through a December runoff against the second-place finisher.

Maness said the issue of Landrieu's local residency is "a huge deal for the people of Louisiana," in addition to being a legal and constitutional requirement for any statewide officeholder.

But the address fight also illustrates Maness' argument that Landrieu — who is in a tight race — has lost touch with her constituents and become a resident of the political establishment in Washington, D.C., where she does have a home under her own name.

Maness, who's trailing in polls, calls both of his opponents Beltway "insiders" who have accomplished "nothing" for Louisiana despite "many, many years" in office.

"They're both members of the worst-rated Congress in American history," he said.

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