Rep. Cassidy blasts new Landrieu ad

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) is hitting his fellow Louisiana lawmaker Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) for promoting what he calls big government in her latest campaign ad.

Cassidy is vying for Landrieu's seat in the Senate, making Landrieu's reelection bid this year that much harder.

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Landrieu's ad, released on Monday, is narrated by a Republican ship builder from Louisiana who supports her.

The supporter says Landrieu's new post as the chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will bring "more boats, more jobs, and more oil and gas" to Louisiana.

But Cassidy sees things differently.

"Mary Landrieu's most recent advertisements tell us a lot about how central a role she believes the government should play in our daily lives," Cassidy said in an emailed statement. "Her ad tells us that the government should pick the winners and losers and the politically well-connected benefit."

Cassidy went on to say Landrieu's ad reveals that she promotes a "Washington insider system" rather than a level playing field.

The Louisiana Democratic Party shot back at Cassidy's claims on Monday saying that it's a lawmaker's jobs to create jobs, which is exactly what Landrieu's ad explains. They

"Bill Cassidy wants the government to reward millionaires and billionaires at the expense of seniors and the middle class and if he really believes it's not his job to create jobs, as his nonsensical response seems to indicate, then he ought to come out and say that," said Andrew Zucker, communications director for Campaign for Louisiana.

According to the Louisiana Democratic Party, the ship builder featured in Landrieu's ad, Boysie Bollinger, contributed to Cassidy in previous election cycles.

They added that Cassidy's remarks were hypocritical given that Bollinger donated to Cassidy earlier this year before the congressman announced his run against Landrieu.