"Will Sen. Landrieu support Harry Reid for Leader of her party in the Senate? Will Congressman Cassidy commit to a no-amnesty pledge? Would Sen. Landrieu support the Obama-agenda all-over-again, knowing what she knows today? Did Congressman Cassidy ever vote for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama? Would Sen. Landrieu support a repeal of ObamaCare? Does Congressman Cassidy endorse Sen. Mike Lee's conservative reform agenda? Tonight will be only the second and unfortunately the final time that both Sen. Landrieu, Congressman Cassidy and myself will be on the same stage together in a debate. I think Louisianans deserve the most honest and straight-forward answers possible. Not conjecture, not punditry, not avoidance - just the truth." - Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.)
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October 25, 2014
MADISONVILLE, LA - The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund PAC today announced its endorsement for conservative U.S. Senate candidate Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.).
"Col. Maness has a servant's heart, and embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future," TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said. "He is the solid, Constitutional conservative in the race who'll fight to repeal Obamacare and stop lawless amnesty by a lawless administration. Rob has dedicated his life to serving the Republic, and it's that kind of devotion to the Constitution conservative voters yearn for. Louisianans have a choice on Nov. 4th, and we urge them to support Rob Maness for U.S. Senate."
"In Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and right here in Louisiana, Jenny Beth Martin and the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund PAC are at the forefront of the effort to put Republicans in the majority in the United States Senate," said Maness. "I am proud and humbled to have their support and to be a part of the team they believe is in the best position to defeat liberal Democrats like Mary Landrieu."
The Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund PAC joins a growing list of prominent conservatives and organizations who have endorsed Maness' campaign including the top vote-getter Mississippi's June Republican primary Sen. Chris McDaniel, conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Family Research Council founder Tony Perkins, RedState's Erick Erickson, former Vice Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Tea Party Express, the Eagle Forum and the Conservative Campaign Committee.
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October 24, 2014
BATON ROUGE - Former Rep. Woody Jenkins, who received 847,000 votes as the Republican nominee for United States Senate in 1996, has announced his support for retired Col. Rob Maness for United States Senate. Maness is facing Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana's U.S. Senate primary Nov. 4.
"Based on my personal knowledge of the candidates, their philosophies, and their voting records, Col. Maness is the outstanding choice. He is a true conservative, a real leader, and an articulate spokesman for the free enterprise system, a strong national defense, controlling illegal immigration, the right to life, and adherence to the Constitution. I am impressed by his service to our nation as a B-1 bomber aviator and wing commander and by the outstanding, positive campaign he has run. He is exactly the kind of leader we need in the Senate today, and I am confident that he will make a real difference in the Senate if elected."
Jenkins said Maness has developed an organization in every corner of the state, has raised nearly $2.5 million, has more than 30,000 individual donors, and has more than 500 volunteers working on the ground.
Jenkins said he respects the other Republican in the race, Congressman Cassidy, but he believes Maness is the best choice for conservatives Nov. 4, will be the strongest candidate against Mary Landrieu in the Dec. 6 runoff, and has the best leadership capability to influence the Senate and the nation.
In the hotly-contested Senate primary in 1996 to replace retiring Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, 15 candidates competed for a spot in the runoff. Jenkins ran first with 26.2 percent, or 322,244 votes, and Mary Landrieu ran second with 21.5 percent, or 264,268 votes.
In the runoff election, Jenkins was leading in the exit polls on election day. Just before midnight, he was ahead by 95,000 votes when a surge of more than 143,000 votes came in late from New Orleans, leaving Landrieu with a 5,800-vote victory. In the final results, Landrieu had 852,945 votes to Jenkins' 847,157 votes. Jenkins' vote ran 135,000 votes ahead of Republican Presidential nominee Bob Dole's vote in the state. Dole received 712,586 votes against President Clinton who received 927,837.
Because of reports of election fraud in New Orleans, the U.S. Senate Rules Committee conducted a year-long investigation of the election. Jenkins claimed vote-buying, multiple voting, mismatched signatures on the voting registers, and numerous illegalities resulted in more than 35,000 illegal votes being cast. However, the committee ultimately decided that while election fraud did occur, they could not determine whether it was sufficient to have changed the results of the election.
Jenkins served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 to 2000. As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1973-1974, he drafted much of the Declaration of Rights of the current Louisiana Constitution. A lifelong journalist, he is editor of the Capital City News and Central City News in Baton Rouge.
Except for the election of David Vitter to the Senate, Jenkins' percentage in the 1996 election is the highest by any Republican running for the Senate in state history.
Maness expressed his thanks to Jenkins:
"I'm grateful for Woody's confidence and support," Maness said. "Woody is one of our party's and our state's best leaders having served admirably in the state legislature where he fought for our conservative values and now leading the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish as its Chairman.
"Our campaign continues to grow because conservatives are uniting to replace Sen. Landrieu with a senator they can count on to join Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee in fighting for liberty, prosperity, and certainty. I'm committed to doing that and to running a positive, solutions-oriented campaign that will earn the support of a clear majority of voters in the December runoff."