- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu, one of several Democrats waging tough re-election bids this year, put out a campaign ad Tuesday that touts her support for Louisiana’s oil and gas workers.

The 60-second spot, titled “Will Not Rest,” shows blue-collar workers eating, washing dishes and going about their daily routines as they watch TV clips of Mrs. Landrieu taking the Obama administration to task over its oil production policies, such as its moratorium on deepwater off-shore drilling after the BP oil spill.

“Just Louisiana, it’s 300,000 people who go to work in this industry,” she says in one clip. “You can’t just beat up on them.”

The ad is somewhat unconventional, in that it depicts a sitting lawmaker back in Washington while her constituents watch from a distance. But the ad also puts space between the senator and Mr. Obama, who has proven to be a liability for Democrats in right-leaning states.

Optimistic Republicans, eyeing several vulnerable seats in play this November, say they like their chances for taking back the Senate.