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Former Challenger Paul Hollis Suing Senator Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

As the campaign for US Senate heats up, the gloves are coming off. Former Senate hopeful Republican Paul Hollis has filed a lawsuit against Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu claiming she cannot represent Louisiana because she does not live in the state.

ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley suggests this merely is a political ploy to detract from the senator’s re-election campaign.  “Senator Landrieu has a residency in Louisiana, whether it is with her parents or not is irrelevant.  She pays taxes here in Louisiana as a Louisiana resident”

The US Constitution states that in order to qualify you have to be a registered voter in the state where you are running and an “inhabitant” of that state.  The Secretary of State’s office says Landrieu is a registered Louisiana voter.  Stockley doesn’t think the lawsuit will have any long-term effect on Landrieu’s campaign, but feels it can be a temporary issue.

“Because instead of talking about other issues like oil and gas, education, and her chairmanship, she’s going to have to spend a little bit of time defending that she is a Louisiana resident.”

Hollis ended his race for the Senate in July, and has endorsed Republican US Rep Bill Cassidy.

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