Mary Landrieu’s dad suggests Putin barred her from Russia because of energy issues

Sen. Mary Landrieu's father, Moon Landrieu, suggests in a new TV ad released by her campaign that the Russian government barred her from traveling to their country because of her record on energy issues.

Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) features one of her biggest supporters in a new campaign commercial - her dad. Former New Orleans mayor Maurice 'Moon' Landrieu gives a personal view on the senator's personality. (Video courtesy Mary Landrieu for Senate)

After mentioning that Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, pressed President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and recently became the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, Moon Landrieu says, "And now you know why Putin won’t let her into Russia."

Landrieu was part of a list of U.S. officials who were subjected by Russia to new sanctions in March, an apparent act of retaliation amid increasing tensions between Russia and the United States over the situation in Ukraine and Crimea. She called her inclusion "a badge of honor."

But as the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, Landrieu could have been placed on the list because she criticized Russia's decision to halt adoptions of the country's children by Americans. As National Journal noted, Landrieu is the mother of two adopted children and the wife of a man who was adopted from Ireland.

Putin and Russia are unpopular in the United States now, polls show, making him a favorite punching bag of pols in both parties.

Landrieu became head of the Energy Committee earlier this year, a powerful position for her considering how much of Louisiana's economy is driven by the oil and gas industry. She has been emphasizing her work on energy issues in the campaign.

Moon Landrieu is the former mayor of New Orleans. His son Mitch Landrieu is the city's current mayor.

The campaign has also posted "Part 2" of the ad campaign on YouTube:

Landrieu is one of 2014's most vulnerable Senate incumbents. Her main Republican opponent is Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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