Bill Cassidy

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William Morgan "Bill" Cassidy
Bill Cassidy official Senate photo.jpg
Senior U.S. Senator from Louisiana
From: January 3, 2015 – present
Predecessor Mary Landrieu
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 6th Congressional District
From: January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Predecessor Don Cazayoux
Successor Garret Graves
Louisiana State Senate, 16th District
From: December 20, 2006 – January 3, 2009
Predecessor Jay Dardenne
Successor Dan Claitor
Information
Party Democrat (before 2001)
Republican (2001 – present)
Spouse(s) Laura Layden Cassidy

Children:
Kate, Meg, and Will

Religion Non-denominational Evangelical

William Morgan “Bill” Cassidy, born September 28, 1957 (age 63), is the senior United States Senator from Louisiana. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected in November 2014, when he unseated the three-term Democrat senator Mary Landrieu. Running third in the primary campaign was Republican and Tea Party figure Rob Maness.[1] Cassidy serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Appropriations; the Committee on Veterans Affairs; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He has shown his true colors as a RINO by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump in the second impeachment.[2] He was immediately censured in an unanimous vote by the Louisiana Republican Party Executive Committee.[3]

U.S. Senate

Cassidy and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have worked together on the Cassidy-Graham bill in an attempt to repeal Obamacare.[4]

2020 U.S. Senate election in Louisiana

See: 2020 United States Senate election in Louisiana

Cassidy announced on February 19, 2020 his bid for re-election to a second Senate term.[5] He easily won the blanket primary with nearly 60% of the vote.[6]

117th Congress

In 2021, Cassidy first voted to declare the second impeachment of President Trump "unconstitutional."[7] Then he switched his vote the following week to "constitutional."[8] He and six other aberrant Republican senators, including Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, and Pat Toomey, voted "guilty" in the final tabulation to convict Trump of the single charge of "inciting an insurrection," referring to Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021, of which Trump had no part.[9] On the afternoon of the final Senate vote on impeachment, which fell ten votes short of conviction, the Louisiana Republican Party censured Cassidy for his failure to follow the wishes of a majority of Louisiana voters and instead voting as he personally wished to do.[10] Cassidy was handily reelected to a second term in the Senate in 2020,[6] and his campaign advertising extolled Trump's successes in the presidency.[11]

The censure carries no legal weight, and a recall is not permitted for U.S. officials. The state Republican Executive Committee said, "We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump. Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him." Party secretary Mike Bayham said that the censure vote "couldn't wait" because "many Republicans believe this was a betrayal and required immediate action.[11] On February 10, 2021, conservative radio commentator Moon Griffon devoted his whole two-hour program to reflect on the outrage that conservatives feel about Cassidy's treachery. He coined a nickname for Cassidy, "Psycho Bill," played the song "Backstabberrs" when mentioning Cassidy, and likened the senator to the Louisiana Republican Fraud Squad, a collection of twenty-three Moderate Republicans who joined with all the Democrats and two Independents to elect Clay Schexnayder, the Moderate Republican from Ascension Parish and the choice of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, as the state House Speaker.[12]

Cassidy's wife, the former Laura Layden (born 1956), a native of Alabama, is a retired breast cancer surgeon who founded a charter school of dyslexic children. The couple has three children, Kate, Meg, and Will.[13] Moon Griffon said on his radio broadcast that Mrs. Cassidy is a staunch liberal and may have pushed her husband into voting for the second Trump impeachment.[14]

Billboards across Louisiana declare Cassidy "censured" and an "object of shame." Political writer Matthew Holloway concludes, "Simply put, Senator Cassidy has demonstrated that he is a rank opportunist with no real loyalty to his party or his constituents. He’s decided to back the good ol’ boy establishment, which before 2016 was a sure-fire way to succeed in the Deep South GOP."[15]

Political positions

Cassidy has generally been conservative-leaning, opposing abortion, Obamacare, and illegal immigration.[16] However, despite his many pro-liberty views, Cassidy has defended the totalitarian left-wing agenda of mandatory vaccination.[17]

In 2020, Cassidy called for U.S. President Donald Trump to concede the election to former Vice President Joe Biden. Cassidy, a former Democrat who once supported liberal presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988,[18] did not address the rampant fraud which occurred in that election. Nor did he indicate to what extent he will now support the Biden liberal agenda.[19]

References

  1. 2014 Louisiana Senate Election Results. Politico. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  2. Stieber, Zack. 7 Republican Senators Who Voted to Convict Trump Face Backlash From Within Party, The Epoch Times, February 14, 2021.
  3. Stieber, Zack. 7 Republican Senators Who Voted to Convict Trump Face Backlash From Within Party, The Epoch Times, February 14, 2021.
  4. Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know. Politico.
  5. Sen. Bill Cassidy announces bid for reelection. KNOE 8 News via MSN.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Louisiana Election Results 2020: Live Updates. USA Today.
  7. Carney, Jourdain (January 26m 2021). Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional. The Hill. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  8. Carney, Jourdain (February 9, 2021). Senate votes trial constitutional; six Republicans vote 'yes'. The Hill. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  9. Carney, Jourdain (February 13, 2021). Seven GOP senators vote to convict Trump. The Hill. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  10. William Jourdan (February 13, 2021). Louisiana GOP votes to censure Cassidy over impeachment vote. The Hill. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Greg Hilburn (February 13, 2021). Louisiana GOP censures Sen. Bill Cassidy over his guilty Trump impeachment vote. Monroe News Star. Retrieved on February 14, 20221.
  12. The Moon Griffon Show, February 10, 2021.
  13. Laura Cassidy, Bill's Wife, 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. heavy.com. Retrieved on February 24, 2021.
  14. The Moon Griffon Show, February 24, 2021.
  15. Matthew Holloway (March 3, 2021). RINO Betrays Entire State, and is now paying for it. thegoptimes.com. Retrieved on March 6, 2021.
  16. Bill Cassidy on the Issues. On the Issues.
  17. Two references:
  18. Two references:
  19. Greg Hilburn (January 4, 2021). Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy urges Congress to certify Biden win: 'Voters have spoken'. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on January 5, 2020.

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