Ad attacks Landrieu for fake Senate hearing

Conservatives are mocking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for running an ad that includes footage of her speaking at a staged Senate hearing.

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The conservative group Keep Louisiana Working is hitting Landrieu for trying to recreate her remarks attacking the Obama administration in a real Senate hearing. Landrieu's campaign says it had to recreate the remarks because Senate ethics rules bar senators from using footage of the hearings for campaign ads.

"Seen this TV ad? Senator Mary Landrieu created a fake newscast for her TV commercial and got caught. This is not a U.S. Senate hearing room, this is not Mary talking in a Senate hearing and these are actors," the ad's narrator says. "Mary is an actress too. On TV, actress Mary pretends to be Louisiana's voice, but real-life Mary supported Obama 97 percent of the time."

Landrieu's allies fired back at the ad.

"Special interest groups can't argue with the substance of Mary Landrieu's ad because she's unquestionably fought for Louisiana's energy industry, and just like the Koch Brothers, this secretly funded group wants Bill Cassidy in the Senate because his agenda rewards millionaires and billionaires at the expense of seniors and the middle class," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Justin Barasky said in response.

Landrieu is locked in a tight race with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and has tried to stress her independence from President Obama. Among other things, Landrieu has said she supports the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and has called for legislative fixes to ObamaCare.

This post was updated at 10:47 a.m.