Louisiana: Where politics and kegs mix quite well

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Louisiana: Where politics and kegs mix quite well
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu speaks in Baton Rouge, La. Photos of a vulnerable Democratic senator helping a constituent drink upside-down from a beer keg would be a faux pas six weeks before Election Day in many places. But in party-centric Louisiana, prominent players say the image of Landrieu at an LSU pregame tailgate party, which went viral on social media, won’t hurt the senator in this land of “laissez les bons temps rouler.” (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Photos of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu assisting a constituent as he drinks beer upside down from a keg inspired some finger-wagging on social media. But in party-centric Louisiana , it’s not necessarily a liability.

Most of the criticism came from outside the state. Even Landrieu’s Republican opponents, including Rep. Bill Cassidy , aren’t making a big deal of it. And Landrieu herself said her critics need to get a sense of humor.

The photos raced around social media after she campaigned Saturday at Louisiana State University before a football game. Landrieu helped a 28-year-old do a keg stand, holding the beer spigot so the man could drink upside down.

Landrieu, who has been attacked for being “out of touch” with her state, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats this election year.

Barrow reported from Atlanta .

Follow the reporters on Twitter @BillBarrowAP and @MelindaDeslatte.


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