Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is running a radio ad in which Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) claims if Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) defeats her in Saturday’s runoff election, Republicans will impeach President Obama.
Here’s the full text of the ad, as first reported at Buzzfeed:
I’m Mary Landrieu, candidate for Senate, and I approve this message.
This is Congressman Cedric Richmond.
Have you heard the crazy stuff Bill Cassidy, Bobby Jindal, and the Republicans are always saying about President Obama? They have shown our president so much disrespect. They said he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, they even sued him – and if Cassidy wins, they will impeach him.
Do you remember when the stock market was at 7,000? Now it’s at 17,000, but they say the economy is horrible. Do you remember how bad the unemployment numbers were under the Republicans? Now, unemployment claims are lower than they have been in 14 years. The president needs you to have his back – now, more than ever.
Show Bill Cassidy and Bobby Jindal that we don’t want to go backwards, and let them shut down government – where people don’t have affordable health care, and our country was in terrible shape.
On Saturday, December 6, get out and re-elect Senator Mary Landrieu, number 5 on the ballot, to fight for you.
Authorized by Friends of Mary Landrieu, and paid for by the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana.
The only problem with Richmond’s claim about the alleged Republican plan is that it’s not true.
As Politifact, hardly a bastion of conservatism, reported on October 29, “[n]o members of the current Congress have introduced legislation to impeach Obama, and Republican Party leaders have shut down the possibility.”
“We rate this claim [in] . . . [a] civil rights group mailer [that] said Republicans are ‘trying to impeach our president’ . . . Mostly False,” Politifact concluded.
Both House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have clearly stated that impeachment is off the table.
A week after the November election, conservative firebrand Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) put the definitive end to speculation that Republicans might attempt to impeach President Obama in the next Congress with the classic one-liner: “Have you met Joe Biden?”
News of the new Landrieu ad broke on the same day the Black Conservatives Fund released a video at an event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana which the group says shows “Democrat Party Boss and Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins, Sr. urg[ing] Democrats to commit voter fraud at a Senator Mary Landrieu event.”