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August 30, 2015

Landrieu Tops List of Democrats to Benefit From Baucus Exit

Sen. Mary Landrieu, right, is in line to pick up the powerful Energy gavel, a plum post as she seeks reelection in oil-rich Louisiana. (CQ Roll Call File Photo by Douglas Graham)

Landrieu, right, is in line to pick up the powerful Energy gavel, a plum post that could boost her prospects for re-election in oil-rich Louisiana. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s decision to tap Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China is a political boon for Democrats trying to protect their vulnerable majority, but especially for Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.

In the game of gavel dominoes that would be set off by Baucus vacating his chairmanship of the Finance Committee, Landrieu would likely ascend to the top of the Energy Committee, which could serve as a valuable tool in her tough 2014 re-election bid. The Louisiana Democrat, who often speaks of drilling issues on the Senate floor, would be in a position to team up with the panel’s top Republican, Lisa Murkowski of oil-rich Alaska, on various issues important to her state.

The committee shakeup was a hot topic of conversation when Baucus announced his retirement in April, but now there’s an added wrinkle and the Montana Democrat’s early departure could factor into 2014 politics. With gulf drilling issues key to voters back in Louisiana, the impact of Landrieu taking the energy panel’s gavel would be intensified.

Her newfound power could prove even more important if Republican Sen. David Vitter follows through on his flirtation with a gubernatorial bid, leaving the state with the prospect of having two freshmen senators.

Landrieu would not comment on the potential committee changes Thursday; neither would Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the current Energy Committee chairman and the likely candidate to replace Baucus on Finance.

But back in April, CQ Roll Call’s Lauren Gardner surveyed Louisiana-based political analysts about the importance of the position to Landrieu’s campaign:

“That would be huge,” said Clancy DuBos, a Louisiana political analyst and columnist. It has been more than 20 years ago since Democrat J. Bennett Johnston — whom Landrieu replaced in the Senate — chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

DuBos said Landrieu has consistently worked to secure support from Republican oil interests in her state. Energy-related political action committees contributed $196,800 to Landrieu — more than any other interest group — in the last election cycle, according to PoliticalMoneyLine. And the Center for Responsive Politics reports that employees and political action committees affiliated with the New Orleans-based utility Entergy Corp. were Landrieu’s top overall contributors since 2007.

The possibility of an Energy chairmanship could make those donors even more enthusiastic — and could help her critics at home forget about the health care and background check votes.

“I think people in Louisiana might be willing to forgive a lot,” DuBos said.

Meanwhile, the path looks clear for Wyden at the important tax-writing panel.

Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who technically has first dibs on the Finance gavel, said Thursday he was not interested in the job.

“If I did, I’d only be there for a year, which is really probably a half a year,” Rockefeller said, noting that he has already announced plans to retire after his current term expires.

“I’m completely and 100 percent happy at the Commerce Committee where we have … fantastic staff. They’ll all stay, and we’re doing really interesting things,” Rockefeller said. “The Finance Committee is always on the cusp of doing interesting things, but never manages to.”

“It was mine if I wanted it,” he said of the Finance gavel, adding that he has already turned it down.

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, has seniority on Finance, but still ranks behind Wyden. Leapfrogging the Oregon Democrat on the committee, contrary to some reports, would be unprecedented and highly unlikely, even if Wall Street would prefer a New York lawmaker at the helm.

“I think there is a general consensus in the Senate Democratic caucus to stick by that,” Schumer said, when asked of the strict seniority rules. “I can’t remember when it’s last been abrogated.”

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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  1. silvestris

    Dec. 20, 2013
    1:21 p.m.

    Ain’t no forgivin’ for Mary. She is totally incorrigible.

  2. Tom Wharton

    Dec. 20, 2013
    1:54 p.m.

    matters not. WE THE PEOPLE will put our collective foot up her phat @ss in November 2014 and send her to the curb! REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

    • Ann Onimous

      Dec. 21, 2013
      7:45 p.m.

      Sodomites like you are what is wrong with this country. You should take after Phil Robertson’s example and look to the Bible.

  3. jeffsadow

    Dec. 20, 2013
    2:46 p.m.

    Actually, it won’t have much impact at all. It hardly adds to her narrative that she would become the top Democrat on the panel, and assumes Democrats can hold the Senate which is no better than 50/50. And if she does get there early as a result, unless by her leadership alone something dramatically pro-energy occurs, LA voters aren’t going to care. They care far more about 90,000 of their numbers losing health care policies and for those who can manage to keep them premiums and deductibles going up, all because she was the crucial Obamacare vote and promised you could keep you health care if you liked it.

    • teapartyidiots

      Dec. 20, 2013
      5:46 p.m.

      If she can get the expanded offshore drilling through, that might do it.

  4. RHallman

    Dec. 21, 2013
    9:57 a.m.

    Hopefully the good people in LA will not be fooled again in voting for Landrieu…..Democrats will do anything to win and keep power….even if their policies such as Obamacare…are hurting people in LA and all states

  5. Karen

    Dec. 22, 2013
    11:27 a.m.

    Landrieu just voted to confirm a DHS nominee under investigation

  6. Rick Caird

    Dec. 22, 2013
    2:07 p.m.

    Landrieu will not have the large number of votes that used to come from New Orleans. She is toast no matter what.

  7. Dano481971

    Dec. 23, 2013
    4:10 p.m.

    A wave election does not care about who is a committee chairman. It wasn’t necessarily a wave, but in 2004 Tom Daschle was Minority Leader, and that didn’t stop him from getting tossed out.

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    Dec. 24, 2013
    4:59 a.m.

    She will be ousted!!!

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    Jan. 15, 2014
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    This dumb-as-a-democRat, roly-poly leftist is toast.

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