Big name, new name stump for GOP Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Former opponent Rob Maness endorses Cassidy in runoff against Mary Landrieu

Big name, new name stump for GOP Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy

A Cassidy supporter captures the candidate on stage at Huey's Bar for the "GOP Unity Rally" A Cassidy supporter captures the candidate on stage at Huey's Bar for the "GOP Unity Rally"
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

Louisiana Republicans gathered in downtown Baton Rouge, ironically, at a place named for the state's most prominent Democrat: Huey's Bar.

A couple hundred enthused GOP members packed the bar and spilled onto 3rd Street to hear Republican names, including U.S. Rand Paul (R-KY), and sing the praises of Congressman Bill Cassidy in a race to unseat three-term Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.

"It is great to be in Huey's, chock full of conservatives," joked U.S. David Vitter.

Gov. Bobby Jindal shared the stage with Paul, another possible 2016 presidential hopeful, who leads a crowded field among Republicans in some early polls.

"Make no mistake about it, this election was a repudiation of this president and his policies," Rand told the crowd, referring to the Nov. 4 election results.

Nationally, Republicans built up their majority in the U.S. House and seized control of the Senate for the first time since 2007.

Paul, who stayed out of the Louisiana primary, concedes he likes Rob Maness, too. However, he praised Cassidy's work as a doctor treating patients after Hurricane Katrina and took aim at President Obama's frequent use of executive orders when Congress won't act.

"It's letting the President run lawless over the Constitution, and I will oppose it," Rand said.

Some Louisiana Democrats have suggested that Maness voters might not automatically go to Cassidy in the Dec. 6 runoff, choosing instead not to vote.

Monday's rally, which featured Maness speaking glowingly of Cassidy, was designed to unite the party.

"Staying home is not an option or acceptable," said Maness, who took 14 percent of the primary vote.

Maness mocked the latest Landrieu TV commercial, which aims to portray a stumbling Cassidy struggling through a speech.

"That dog won't hunt," Maness said.

Democrats have suggested Landrieu could benefit from the Saturday runoff election that Louisiana voters are more accustomed to, and from two Saturday's of early voting.

Cassidy, who polled 41 percent to Landrieu's 42, is widely seen as the favorite going into the election's second round.

"There is an Obama turnout machine," Cassidy said, warning against overconfidence.

"You are a Louisiana turnout machine."

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