Louisiana Political News Wire
Rep. Jeff Landry's decision to decline White House invitation draws attention
Rep. Jeff Landry's decision to decline President Barack Obama's invitation to meet with him and other House Republicans last week won the freshman Republican from New Iberia considerable national attention, some editorial opprobrium and, according to spokesman Millard Mule, a deluge of 600 or 700 phone calls and emails from every state (including three from Alaska), which were running 15-to-1 in the congressman's favor. Landry also won a spot as the answer to the daily trivia question the next day on the MSNBC show, "The Daily Rundown." "Which member of Congress running in the 2010 campaign fended off charges from a campaign ad that he was somehow involved in a cocaine arrest?" The answer, said host Chuck Todd, was Landry, who was the target of a campaign ad that "brought up his old roommate's cocaine arrest 17 years earlier. Local law enforcement officials said that Landry was not involved. "Ultimate and dirty stuff," said Todd, adding that, "Something else he wasn't involved in was yesterday's meeting with the White House. The freshman representative told the president, 'thanks, but no thanks,' for the invitation; he didn't want to engage in political grandstanding, so he was the one absentee. Go figure." Landry may have had Todd in mind when he cracked during a radio appearance on the JT Show in Mississippi on Friday that the president doesn't just have the Secret Service to look out for him; he's got the mainstream media protecting him as well.
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