In a startling Monday debate statement, embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) defended one of the U.S. Senate’s most unpopular and liberal members, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), but curiously refused to say whether she would vote to re-elect Reid to his leadership post.
“I think Harry Reid gets beat up more than he deserves,” said Landrieu. “I am going to wait to see what the leadership looks like. We’ll see.”
Landrieu added: “I’m not saying yes and I’m not saying no.”
The odd dodge stands in contrast to statements she made in April to Politico wherein Landrieu said she would “absolutely” support the re-election of Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that just 13% of Americans have a “very positive” or “somewhat positive” view of Reid.
The Louisiana Democrat also said she is “not backing up” from supporting another unpopular Democrat, President Barack Obama.
Whether Landrieu’s strategy of defending unpopular, liberal Democrats in one of the nation’s reddest states will work will soon be known. Voters head to the polls in seven days.