“Louisiana Watergate”

In January, 2010, James O’Keefe,  and three other associates went into the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu wearing white hard harts, tool belts and flourescent vests and saying they needed to fix a problem with the phone system.

State Democrats quickly called the alleged plot a “Louisiana Watergate,” but federal officials have not yet said why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones, whether they were successful, or even if the goal was political espionage.

Mary Landrieu was not answering her phone’s and Mr. O’Keefe “the “Pimp” was going to show on film that the published phone number to Mary Landrieu’s office is bogus; and they were going to show that if you dial the number, the phone in her office does not ring.  They did not attempt to bug her office or in any way disable her phone’s.

“The government has now confirmed what has always been clear:  No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu’s office.”

Some weeks ago, Landrieu was quoted as saying that “Our lines have been jammed for weeks” when constituents complained that they could not get through to her office staff to note their opposition to Landrieu’s vote on healthcare reform.  “In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieu’s district office – the people’s office – to ask the staff if their phones were working,” O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe also states that the entire ordeal was videotaped and that he was “eager” for the government to allow the tape to be released.

Landrieu was criticized  for her vote on the Senate health care bill after securing a Medicaid provision estimated in value at up to $365 million for Louisiana. Conservatives accused her of selling her vote but she insisted no “special deals” were made (yeah, right).

Follow Up

In May, 2010, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.  ruled that the misdemeanor charges against the four men can be resolved before a magistrate instead of a judge.

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